Here Are Some Indigenous/Native Metal Bands to Help You Celebrate Columbus Day

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You suck, Columbus! You suuuuuuuck!

Many of us in the US are taught from a young age that Christopher Columbus discovered American and that everything he did was all sunshine and rainbows. Thanks to serious scholarly research and a wider public acknowledgment, we now that that Columbus was a real murderous shitbag that tried to conquer natives through rape, torture and murder, spread disease, and helped initiate the slave trade. We also know that he wasn’t the first to discover America either, but “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” has a better ring to it than “Five centuries before that, Lief Erickson or some other vikings found that shit first.”

You may have noticed in the past few years, particularly through social media, that there is an effort to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. There are some, particularly of Italian descent, that support Columbus still being honored with a national holiday. While that may make for a good episode of The Sopranos, it does feel like there is a cultural shift to change the day. That day is not today, though. So what’s the best way to celebrate Columbus Day without honoring him? Listen to some great music from indigenous/native metal bands.

Resistant Culture

Resistant Culture describe themselves as “tribal grindcrust”, and I think that’s a perfect description. Their music has the aggression of grind, the nastiness of crust, and the implementation of traditional tribal flute and chanting. It’s this tribal influence that helps separate Resistant Culture from other similar grind/crust bands and helps give their songs more meaning. The band also has a strong connection to the band Terrorizer as two members performed on that band’s album Hordes of Zombies. To return the favor, Terrorizer guitarist Jesse Pintado played on the band’s Welcome To Reality album, and Terrorizer drummer Pete Sandoval will be playing two tracks on Resistant Culture’s upcoming album “Shamanic Healing”.

Their music and merch is available for purchase on their website. A couple of their albums are available in full on Youtube, but I wanted to bring particular attention to their song “Beneath The Concrete”. If you’re looking for an introduction to the band, this is it. It’s viciousness with a conscience. It makes me want to save the planet while slamming an oil tycoon’s face into the sidewalk.

Gybiaaw

Think Canada was free of awful treatment and institutional racism towards First Nations people? Think again. Gybiaaw is a death/black metal four-piece hailing from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. To be even more specific, Gybiaaw describes themselves as “Tsimshian/Gitksan War Metal”. The Tsimshian are a people indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, stretching from British Columbia to Alaska. The Gitksan (also spelled Gitxsan) are another group of indigenous people in British Columbia that fall under the Tsimshian language group. Gybiaaw’s songs are sung in S’malygax. I always appreciate when bands sing in their own or traditional language. It makes their songs extra special.

Though they are no longer active, Gybiaaw put out a split in 2010 with Mitochondrion. That should probably interest a few of you.

 

Rez Metal”

Testify (not to be confused with a bunch of other metal bands of the same name) are a Navajo metal band that feature a 46 year-old lawmaker Edmund Yazzie on drums and his son Darius on guitar and vocals. The band received a solid write-up from The New York Times a year ago, and it is worth your time to read it. Testify is part of a small group of “Rez metal” bands that play on and around the reservation. Other Rez Metal bands include Born Of Winter, Ruction, and War Motor.

Crippling poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, and domestic violence are unfortunately all too common on reservations, and these bands serve as an outlet for the struggling reservation youth. If they’re playing around your area, check ’em out. If you’re a booker, drop them a line.

Cemican

Cemican are a Mexican metal band that focuses on Mayan and Aztec mythology. Their mixture of traditional tribal instruments and chants are a nice counterpoint to their more traditional heavy metal sound. The band is still very active, though I do not think they have ever played in the United States. It’s a shame because they do incorporate their themes into their live show. That would be really really cool to watch live. Your move, Max Cavalera.

Morbithory

Morbithory are a black metal band based out of Many Farms, Arizona. They call their genre “Diné Black Metal”. It should come as little surprise that a band drawing from their native roots would be drawn to black metal. Black metal’s rejection of the norm, the standard, the mainstream fits right in with Morbithory’s Navajo ancestry. With a history of war and betrayal by both the Mexican and United States governments, the band’s “Anti-Human – Anti-Life” stance fits right in with European black metal. If you’ve got 46 (!) minutes to spare, here’s a performance and interview by the band for Native Entertainment Magazine.

Black Twilight Circle

It would be remiss not to mention Black Twilight Circle in list of native/indigenous bands. Kallathon, Kuxuan Suum, Volahn , Axeman, Ashdautas, and Arizmenda make up the collective. The group has put out a number of black metal cassettes with Mayan and native themes. They have received quite a good amount of coverage. and since I’m not an expert on what they’ve done, I’d say you should just follow some of the links. Play some of BTC’s spooky bands if the Columbus Day parade passes by your house.

Testament

Testament may not be the first band to come to mind when thinking about native musicians, but vocalist Chuck Billy is Native American on his father’s side and Mexican on his mother’s. He was even included in the National Museum of the American Indian’s exhibit of native musicians in popular culture. In an interview with Noisecreep, Billy discussed living on a reservation,

“There was just so much freedom on the reservation. I hate to say it, but they were just a bunch of wild Indians [laughs]. It was crazy back then. Our tribe and reservation is really small, and before we ever had a casino on the land, there wasn’t a lot of hope. There wasn’t any money around, and it just felt desperate. It was dire, especially with education and basic resources like that. The kids didn’t even have the basic stuff other kids have in the rest of the country. So a lot of kids didn’t even bother going to school… There’s always the stereotypical stuff about Indians being drunk and high on the reservation, and all of that stuff. And yes, there was a lot of that back then. But you can say that about a lot of other places in the world. If you have a situation as rough as it was for our tribe back then, you’re going to have people escaping into alcohol and drug abuse.”

Now their video for Native Blood probably makes more sense for a few people out there.

Anthrax*

Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna has stated that his mother is “part Indian American”, though I will leave it up to you to decide if he should be included on this list. It’s not like Scott Ian can claim that. He’s about as native as Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles. Anthrax’s song “Indians” has been met with some disapproval over the interpretation of native people. The head dress? The war dancing? I’ll leave it up to you whether or not the song & video is an appropriate form of exposure to the problems of native/indigenous people or an example of cultural appropriation. Does your decision change or intensify when you know that the band has put out two bourbons, one of which is called “Indians”?

So there is just a small sample of indigenous/native/First Nation bands and musicians. Crank the music up today as a subtle “F-you” to Chris Columbus. Know of any other bands that would fit in with this list? Post them in the comments section.

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  • tigeraid

    Pfft Columbus Day? It’s the correct Thanksgiving, fuckers! Death by turkey.

    (Also, Testament rules.)

    • Yeah, it should be renamed pre-X Mas Black Friday.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Genocide is all right by me. Hail Jesus!

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Hey, at least our government half-assed apologized for residential schools or something.

    Also, Nechochwen. Go listen to them/him.

    Edit: This post is also missing some guy from Oklahoma and his BLS tattoo.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I believe it’s spelt Oklahomo

  • Hubert
  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Love me some Resistant Culture. I was one of the few who enjoyed post-Pintado Terrorizer, but I think both, Katina Culture and Anthony Rezhawk (who also did vox on Darker Days) are a much better fit for this band.
    Also, Terrorizer’s got a new line-up, pretty excited for what’s comin’.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Cemican and Morbithory (well, what I could make clear of) also sound rad. Going to soend more time with these Rez Metal bands too.

  • If Colombus really discovered America then we’d all have off from work today. I’m all for more holidays but there should be a serious movement to get this out of the history books and not be told as some bullshit fairytale to give children American pride.

    • Guppusmaximus

      Dude…America has only ever been run on fairytales (Trickle Down, god,Capitalism,Electoral College,Daylight Savings Time,etc). why would you expect them to change that?!

      • Change likely won’t happen because of the general lack of awareness most people have. Elites love the status quo, works out real nice for them.

        • Guppusmaximus

          So true. It’s extra hard to be aware when you have a society that loves distractions over facts…

          • I wouldn’t blame that on society – I feel like that is more of a human characteristic. Distraction is a great way to numb the terrible truths of life.

          • Guppusmaximus

            True… But, I think they are only terrible if you’ve voluntarily or were forced to partake or believe in any system that celebrates ignorance over education.

          • Fair enough. Sometime it is hard to remained focused long enough to actually try and… OMG THERE IS A KITTEN
            http://cache.desktopnexus.com/thumbseg/1311/1311939-bigthumbnail.jpg… make a different though.

          • Guppusmaximus
          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            Hah, not everyone can be as free as us here in Best Korea!

          • Just keep watching American Idol and track the movements of Kardashia ‘s butt cheeks, nothing else to see here.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          The dumber people are, the easier it is to steal their stuff.

          • Truth. we have a lot of people that are not terribly bright walking this earth.

          • I think they are called non-Bereavers, amirite? lolz

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            If it’s dumber than me, weaker than me and it’s tasty, that thing is going in my belly -Anthony Bourdain

      • World: “Hey GL, you feeling that seasonal affective disorder yet?”
        Me: “Huh, wow. Sure am. At least I still have 2 hours of daylight after work to do things outsi— ”
        World: “BAAMM FUCK YOUR TWO HOURS” *CHANGES CLOCK FORWARD AN HOUR*
        Me: http://40.media.tumblr.com/b8133c313f521b046fc58a0184ae1d7b/tumblr_inline_nqud1qoqZb1snv1fr_400.png

        • day light “savings”…….. ponzi scheme by shill bankers choosing to “save” your daylight by starving you of it…… rationing out daylight like gruel in some oliver twist twist…… never forget 10/1/15….. you have to set your clocks backwards….

          • #tacodildos
            #neverforget

        • Guppusmaximus

          Let’s not even talk about the ignorance regarding the calendar, work week & time in general.

    • HessianHunter

      Typically, each state decides what textbooks are standard across all school in all cities within that state. If you are a textbook publisher and you want to make money, you need to make your product palatable to the most populous states, i.e. California and Texas. How do you make Texas like your history book? Go easy on the slavery talk and all the native genocide, and GODDAMMIT MAKE SURE THOSE KIDS REMEMBER THE ALAMO

      • This is why peeps need to vote, ESPECIALLY in local elections. Otherwise some home school dropout is gonna decide what your children should learn.

        • I think you might be oversimplifying the situation. I feel like people do not vote in local elections because they are perfectly fine with the status quo. It is not to say they do not disagree with ideas such as calling Columbus Day, Columbus Day. It is just so much easier not to exert any effort unless it changes your day to day life.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            It won’t be real for most people until the beer dries up and the TV only shows religious programming or approved news.

          • Exactly. Change is only spurred when it affects everyone.

            A perfect example is my county. They charge me $25 a year so I can use a septic tank. A tank I own, which is on my property, and is literally filled with my shit. The county specified that only a fifth of the county uses septic tanks while the remainder of the county uses public sewer. What good does is it to take up arms and protest on the court house? It is much easier to roll over, pay the petty $25, and bitch about it on a obscure corner of the interwebs.

          • #SepticTankOvTaxes

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          But..but…corrupt system!! Nothing ever changes!! They’re all the same!! (insert preferred excuse for apathy here)

          • Guppusmaximus

            Lets’ be honest. Voting locally is the only real impact you’ll ever make. The state I live in doesn’t matter to the Electoral College and , yes, the voting system in this country is fairly broken.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Maybe if people got off their butts and at least tried to fix things, it wouldn’t be so bad. Shit may not change but at least you know you tried.

            Honestly, I don’t even know why I care so much. I don’t have children and never will, and I think 99.9% of humanity is scum.

          • negative KJM<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

            🙁

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Well, the 1st paragraph was positive anyway…

          • Guppusmaximus

            I agree. However, when the available tools to effectively make that change are broken, you only end up feeling like trying to loosen a stripped screw…just my .02

          • 100% true. Like Jesse Ventura or not, he was able to rise to governor of Minnesota by running locally for smaller roles and working his way up.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Yea, I remember reading that he made major improvements on the local government scene there in Minnesota – not certain how his Governorship went. I didn’t necessarily have a poor personal opinion of him until he started spewing that conspiracy bullshit on his TV show.

          • Read his first two books if you are interested. He has common sense solutions to many problems. It also details how he was able to win. His win caught the establishment parties by suprise. They didn’t think he could win.

          • i really like the dude. would vote for president / 10

          • I really like his idea to run for president with Howard Stern. His logic was, “they’re not gonna assassinate me to get to you.”

          • Óðinn

            Yeah, I happened to see one of Ventura’s TV shows the other day. I wouldn’t want him to become President. He’s a bit of a conspiracy nut. Americans are just dumb enough to vote for someone like Ventura too. Ronald Reagan became President, and he was an idiot. Too many Americans tend to favor stupid people who speak plainly with confidence.

          • Guppusmaximus

            I agree, I wouldn’t want him for President now. I’m not certain where or when Ventura snapped. I mean it’s well documented that he did substantial things for Minnesota and then…fucking bonkers. Maybe he got too close to the giant cog… *snicker*

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            Don’t forget, we’re also taking the same guy who sued a war vet’s wife after he died, because the guy kicked his ass for mouthing off a few months beforehand.

      • Vote for Jeb

        Public education in this state is a tragedy.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Kind on topic: How well is the history of countries taught there? I’ve hear many countries focus way too heavily on just their own.

          • lol, we don’t give a fuck about anyone that isn’t us.

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            Unless we gotta liberate the fuck out of them!

          • Vote for Jeb

            Most history focuses on Western Civilization, i.e. white folk. But if you’re in Texas, you get a whole bunch of Texas history instead of important stuff because Texas.

            So glad I wasn’t raised in this crappy public school system.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            That’s bad. Here one fifth of the obligatory pre-high school is Finnish history and that pretty much covers all the important stuff. Of course lots more if you choose to go to high school, but even there the obligatory courses don’t hold too much of it.

          • Vote for Jeb

            What alternative do y’all get to high school?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            “Ammattikoulu” That’s like, uh… profession school? Vocational school? Like you can learn to become an LVI-expert and stuff.
            EDIT: It’s let you learn directly into the some particular area of trade/work instead of all those reading-subjects.

          • Vote for Jeb

            That’s rad. I wish we had something like that here and stopped telling every kid that he or she needs to go to college.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Yeah, they’ve got a bad-ish reputation when compared to high school, but I think they’re a super-good thing (even when I went to high school).
            (PS.Edited my last comment, nothing important but I thought I’d mention it)

          • Jgsdarenmi

            We do. It’s called Job Corps which is free. Also, there are lots of trade/technical schools available in the U.S.

          • Texas History was required into college as well. I know more about this history of this place than anyone probably should.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Forgot about that. I’ve never taken a Texas History class.

          • US History is a joke in the public schools here. It’s all propoganda to promote patriotism and we’re the good guys. Total horseshit.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            🙁

          • Guppusmaximus

            Especially, with the events leading up to Pearl Harbor as being a justification for Hiroshima.

          • My re-learning of history has taught me that almost every single war the US has been involved in could have been avoided and the public was lied to about the reasons for doing so.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I learned mostly US History with some England and Europe mixed in. No matter where you’re at in The US though, you get at least a small dose of Massachusetts history because Revolutionary War, Paul Revere, “One if by land” etc. If you’re actually from MA, you get that x 1000.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Damn, I learned more about Africa and Asia than I did of Finland (to be fair, those are continents, not countries and as far as single countries go there was more Finnish history than than most others).

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Hurray for the Massachusetts public school system! It’s far from perfect but at least I learned real shit there.

          • Vote for Jeb

            I’m grateful for the Colorado system. Some districts suck, but some are really good.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Stay away from Colorado Springs! Even I know that and I’ve never been there.

          • Vote for Jeb

            That’s where I grew up, haha. I was in a charter school, though.

      • –>

      • Texas are the worst offenders, there’s a publishing company in Texas that produces textbooks that go to many states and their writers have fought very hard to keep the lies in the history books.

    • You didn’t have a off-day?

      I had a long weekend because we don’t work in 12 october!

      • Only banks, schools, government jobs and the post office is closed I think. Hope you enjoyed the day off.

  • http://www.badassoftheweek.com/homedefense-plunger.jpg

    Not to get all SJW-y, but this holiday needs a solid flush.

    #strikehimdown

    GL

  • Celtic Frosty

    Listen to the new Nechochwen album, posers.

    http://nechochwen.com/

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      A Native American article without Nechochwen? You gotta be (trees ‘n) shittin’ me.

  • SheWölf

    Check out my friends TeePee Creeper from Port Angeles Wa…
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QcJiTOXr-Zs

    • CT-12

      Wow, I feel like a band Washingtonian for not knowing these guys. Thanks for posting!

  • Celtic Frosty
  • “Testament may not be the first band to come to mind when thinking about native musicians”
    it was the only band to come to mind

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Not Dischordia?

  • HessianHunter

    Yeah, vikings were the first Europeans to “discover” America, but obviously indigenous people got there first, about 10,000 years previously. One of those fuckers probably got to ride a wooly Mammoth before they went extinct! Lucky sumnabitch.

  • Man, what a douche. In addition to all that slavery and murder, Chris Columbus was also responsible for Bicentennial Man, Rent, & Pixels.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    I only work part-time and I usually don’t work Mondays so today is just another day for me. I would actually prefer if today were a business day(not always, just today in particular).

    • It is a business day for anyone who doesn’t work at a bank.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Around here anything that isn’t a store or bar is closed.

  • This was suggested on the Facebook page. I’m digging it.
    https://biipiigwan.bandcamp.com/album/something-for-everyone-nothing-for-anyone

    • Very good sludgy hardcore, I 2nd that recommendation.

  • Dagon

    Man, this post is killer and introducing me to so many new bands. 365hunnid

    I want to jam Resistant Culture so bad but the new Kowloon Walled City is suiting my mood perfectly.

  • Quality post. Happy Monday, everyone!

    http://i.imgur.com/At7ToQW.jpg

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Great post idea ?

  • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

    Not to mention the fact that he landed in the Caribbean, not even mainland America.

  • Poopypantys Studmuffin General
  • xengineofdeathx

    I had no idea about Resistant Culture. When I was a kid I went to a powow in Washington, it was at a prison (my dad was there) and it was a powerful experience. Convicts really know how to do a hell of a drum circle, I still think about those songs. Love the idea of stuff like that being incorporated into metal!

  • xengineofdeathx

    Also, reading about Columbus and Cortez is stomach churning. But so are the conditions you find on a lot of reservations today… Pine Ridge is a lot like a third world country, at one point it had one of the highest murder rates per-capita in the western hemisphere, and that’s only one example. Another thing that is pretty fucked up is that if you drive by Little Bighorn, you can see a fucking KFC. Seeing a monument to diabetes next to one of the only places where indigenous people triumphed once white people started slaughtering them is pretty fucking heavy.

    • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

      Sad too that people who live on reservations also have the highest rates of diabetes in the nation.

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    This is an article to which I would say this is a good article.

    Here, let me add something.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V-9K4z7GVY

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    This is the real indigenous stuff right here
    https://youtu.be/S7cbkxn4G8U

  • Van Jalen

    Oh damn, major props for highlighting the Rez metal bands! Some serious rippage from all the bands in that area, got to jam with several of them.

  • Leif Bearikson

    ‘Twas I who discovered Americatown