Review: Kommandant – The Architects of Extermination

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Those expecting a straightforward, easy-to-classify black/death metal album, turn back now.

Based on our interview with guitarist/founder James Bresnahan in February, it’s abundantly clear that Chicago’s Kommandant is less than enamored with the way civilization is continuing its slow, inevitable slog toward bottoming out. Humanity in general is not a reason to celebrate: it’s a reason to tear down & start over. With this in mind, the sound Kommandant achieves on The Architects of Extermination is nothing less than an aural personification of their credo: “we have met the enemy, and he is us.”

The way in which they achieve this was, as a listener, extremely unexpected. Instead of a treble-heavy brickwalled production pushing the limits of maximum decibels, there’s a pleasing “low contrast” quality to the mix that rewards repeat listens and unifies the overall attack of each song. Angry swarms of dissonant guitars that maddeningly slink between harmonies serve as the opening volley fire to a snarling, throaty cannon of a bass tone and the well-appointed artillery of a seemingly three-armed drummer and his two drumline associates. And on top of it all, like the malevolent dictator image he cultivates, are the singer’s pained, droning vocals that float through each song unconcerned with tempo, verse or chorus.

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The opening track, Let Our Vengeance Rise, is the proverbial gathering of the troops, a pre-battle anthem that is both rousing and fully acknowledging of the horrors that await after it ends. The title track is a suitably menacing dirge, blackened by caustic melodies and aching vocals. Oedipism and Acquisition of Power slow the tempo to fuck with your sense of comfort by piling on the musical dissonance of contrasting, squelching guitar tones.

Killing Word is a particularly mournful, menacingly manipulating track of minor tones and masterful atmosphere with a bottom-feeding bass growl that reaches deep into the mustard gas trench to inspire horrors only the most violent of wars can bring. And Nation Shall Rise Against Nation brings out the big guns; the listener-pummeling blitzkrieg of blazing tempos and blastbeats, leaving the battlefield a smoke-scattered waste before launching into the follow-up assault of Rise and Fall of Empire and Onward to Extinction. It’s the final two tracks that back away from the gritted teeth and thousand-yard stares of explosive combat and instead revel in the overarching machinations required to engineer a widespread downfall of order into chaos.

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Sonically, The Architects of Extermination shares a slight kinship with another masked band: Portal. Both are complex creative entities who shroud their faces and muddy their musical intentions beneath layers and layers of complex sound, although in this reviewer’s opinion, Kommandant gain the upper hand here with a clearer vision and purpose (not to mention you can actually hear what they’re playing; somewhat less so with Portal).

If you’re looking for a dense, singular musical vision that celebrates deconstruction and the aftermath of a world razed by gas mask infantry, look no further, because this album fucking rips.

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The Architects of Extermination is available April 27th.

(images courtesy of ATMF)

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  • Dagon

    I shall look into this. Another album released this year that sounds like a call to arms is Porta Nigra’s KaiserschnititikzalpsleToasterStrudel. For different reasons, probably.

  • “menacingly manipulating”

    I love alliteration, great write up

    • Dagon

      CyBroNeTiC does it again!

      • CyberneticOrganism
      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Hands down the best looking posts on this site every damn time.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Takk!

        • Dagon

          I was bumping this at the gym and thought I’d share wit you, I know you like Despot.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHQR9Sy0kWI

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Despot’s debut album is my most awaited album in hip hop. I dunno if that fucker will ever come out. I’ve heard dude owns part of the Santos Party House in New York City and has money so releasing the album is a total non-issue for him but dude is so dope.

          • Dagon

            How long has it been so far? Is it underground’s Detox?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Haha, kinda, yeah. Dude was signed to and releasing singles on Definitive Jux when that was still operational as early as 2004. He had about seven or eight singles I put on a burned CD years ago, I should see if that is out in my car still lol. I’ve seen him live twice with El-P or Run The Jewels. He even did songs that as far as I’m aware have not been put to record – one that was so sweet, the chorus was something like hand over hand over fist over fist / this little piggy sells brick over brick

          • Dagon

            Trap house nursery rhymes >>>>>>>>>>>

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Whenever Detox gets released I’m going to go pick it up from Hastings for Blowey Joey.

          • Dagon

            Whenever Detox gets released I’m launching a Detox party at my crib, and I’ll pay for everyone’s travel expenses.

          • J.R.

            payed travel expenses >>>>>>>>>

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • I wonder how many liters of sweat they wring out of their uniforms at the end of the night.

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      Probably a little more than The Locust.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Saw them live once. The vocalist looked soaked.

      • Tyree

        Yup, I saw them back stage after they performed and they all looked like death. The drummer especially.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      However much it is in total, that’s how much beer they have to replenish it with.

  • Tyree

    See them live if you get the chance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-U7ZcFlLlI

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Indeed.

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      I enjoy the spectacle of bands like this. I’m certain that would be a killer show.

  • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

    Question: are the extra percussionists audible on the album? Does it make a significant difference?

    • Tyree

      I really did not notice it on their last album, but I can hear it on this new song pretty clearly.

      • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

        I haven’t checked it yet because I’m wrapping up this Tribulation album. Was just curious if it was one of those things that a drummer could just do with multiple tracks. I hadn’t noticed the extra percussion on the previous records.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          It makes more of a visual impact live, but on this album you can definitely hear those extra floor toms pounding away at specific times.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Just jammed the song. yah, I hear it now.

  • goddamnit stop posting music I want to buy!

  • CT-12

    Sounds fucking awesome, will keep my eyes open for this album when it comes out. Thanks for the review C.O.!

  • I’m interested in anything relating to World War II, The Soviet Union, and Communism so I’m going to check this out based on that alone. Plus, the music linked was pretty dope.

  • Maik Beninton
    • CyberneticOrganism
      • Maik Beninton

        No, the mask looks like it’s part of his face.

      • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

        Imma cut this fish with an axe.

        • Tyree
          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            You liked this movie, right?

          • Tyree

            Yes siree.

          • Dagon

            I have not watched this. Is it good?

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            very good.

          • Guacamole Jim

            What’s the movie?

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Snowpiercer.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Derp. Thanks.

          • Dagon

            I fucked around and watched Springbreakers a couple nights ago. Awful movie. Stylish, though. I love their aesthetics, but the movie is awful.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            I never saw it. Heard very mixed things.

          • Tyree

            Hard to believe the same director/writer made Gummo. Sad.

          • Dagon

            Have you watched Springbreakers, though?

          • Tyree

            No, but I have seen parts of it and I just want to vomit. Not for me.

          • Dagon

            I think the hazy sequences and the drugged out vibe the film gives off is very interesting, but the way they were used made the movie boring and forced. It just goes nowhere. The entire movie is fucking pointless.

          • Tyree

            Shame. Harmony Korine is a talented dude. Hopefully his next work is much better.

          • Dagon

            I am yet to see Until The Light Takes Us.

          • Tyree
          • Dagon

            Good thing they got Turkish subtitles!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Don’t, it’s not worth it.

          • Dagon

            I probably won’t. There’s a lot of shit on my list.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Yeah there’s better stuff out there to spend your time & attention on.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Oh, by the way, the Korean director who made Snowpiercer made a great monster movie called The Host.

          • whoa, i loved The Host. thanks for the #DubFacts

          • Dagon

            If that’s the one with the blonde dude, I’ve watched it and thought it as pretty cool.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Righteous.

  • Guacamole Jim

    This shit is so great. And: excellent write up!!

  • Óðhinn

    Good review. The embedded track is pretty tasty too.

  • tertius_decimus

    Everyone who uses commy aesthetics should receive strong punch in da face. Fascism and communism are two extremes of the same shit.

    • Dagon

      I agree with you on the last statement, but I think art should probably get a pass, if it’s not directly supporting the ideologies.

      Politically or on t-shirts, though? Fuck ’em.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Ideologically I disagree. However, in practical application, both have proved themselves to be totalitarian, so yes, they’re the same.

      • The Beargod

        Was about to comment, Quack made it unnecessary.

      • Dagon

        The difference I see is that communism was built on top of a global platform, so in that sense it is even more dangerous than fascism, as the numbers proved. The nazis wanted to achieve perfection in mankind through eugenics and inbreeding, while the commies wanted to achieve perfection by obliterating anyone who opposed the revolution.

        It’s no secret that Marx was anti-semitic from the beginning.

        • Guacamole Jim

          I don’t disagree with what you’re saying. My point is just that fascism and communism, as ideologies (removed from the realities of Nazism/Totalitarian Communism) are clearly distinct. They are related though, even on an ideological level – fascism stemmed from communism in its inception.

          • tertius_decimus

            I don’t disagree with what you’re saying as well. 🙂

          • Guacamole Jim
          • Dagon

            I’m also not disagreeing, I was just stating some differences I can spot. Like you said, there’s a lot of similarities, a lot more when we analyze the practical implications of both ideologies.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Which I find to be fascinating (bringing us back to tertius’ original point). These are ideologies, related in inception, that spread apart to become opposing forces in practical application, and yet grew closer together in reality than they ever did on paper.

          • Dagon

            That’s a very good point.

            I guess no one is that pure in their beliefs. When it comes to real politics shit can get much deeper.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I’m not sure where to go from here, so have this terrifying gif I found this morning:

            http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m10jmtdI8U1qb5h6do1_500.gif

            Love U boo

          • Dagon

            This reminds me of my ex-GF.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I have the weirdest boner.

          • Dagon

            It reminds me of her both ways: the one that’s on your mind and when she went HP Dementor on my ass, sucking the joy out of my life.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Ouch. Vivid description, broseph.

          • I hate having the joy sucked out of my ass.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Like Sampson’s hair, Achilles’ heel, and Superman’s Kryptonite, having things sucked from my ass is my one weakness.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))
          • Stockhausen

            lol

          • Dagon

            My friends actually started calling her Dementor at some point.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            HOT

          • Finally someone whose mouth is big enough for me, am I right bro??

            *high fives*
            *slams beer*
            *crushes can on face*

          • Dagon
          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Bro, let’s go spit on some veterans.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            I heard about that. It sickened me, especially because my grandpa served in World War 2 and he’s turning 90.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            YOU FUCKING KNOW IT BRO
            *high five*
            *slams solidarity beer*
            *mimes fucking the empty beer can
            *high five again*
            *takes off shirt*

        • Sacritastic

          It’s not a secret that Marx an both his parents were jews.

          • Dagon

            And the worst anti-Semite is the Jewish anti-Semite.

          • Sacritastic

            He was not more antisemitic than an average German that time but anti-religious and therefore anti-judaistic, there is a difference.
            Sadly, communism is highly materialistic. He fulfilled every stereotype of the greedy jew, this is also a cause why Nazis hate communism. National socialism is not materialistic at all, it’s gathering peoples power for race war. Communism gathers power to produce, not to exterminate.

      • The Beargod

        #PeopleGonnaHate
        I wish Communism would have worked when applied to life. It didn’t.
        Sure it has it’s fair share of problems, so does every other form of governance and applied correctly (and not exactly by the book, not today) it could have been great. But reality called and slapped everyone in the face with an axe, it is impossible implement. But I wish it wasn’t.

        • tertius_decimus

          The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

          • Dagon

            This, a thousand times.

            IIRC, you are Ukrainian, right?

          • tertius_decimus

            By citizenship I’m Ukrainian.
            By nationality I’m 3/4 Russian.

          • Dagon

            We’ve talked a bit before. Were you around when Ukraine was part of the USSR?

          • tertius_decimus

            I was born in USSR in 1989, but this does count because people don’t change so quickly. Mind inertia. It’s 24 years since the day USSR ceased to exist and still we have too many social maladies caused by soviet way of thinking.

          • Dagon

            I can imagine. I’ve read a lot of things written by people who were born around that time and a bit earlier, too.

            It seems that the perils of statism are only learned by actually living in it, unfortunately. I wish I could buy a copy of The Gulag Archipelago to every kid I see wearing Guevara t-shirts around my college.

          • tertius_decimus

            They won’t get it under any sauce. “Guevara is rad dude because he looks so cool on that freaking photograph! What he was famous for? Nah, nevermind.”

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            Do they know he was Bolivia’s equivalent of Hitler?

          • tertius_decimus

            You’re upsetting hipster’s right to have bad taste!

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            Who cares what they think? It’s not right to wear a shirt of a human monster like him.

          • tertius_decimus

            Still, we have nothing to do about that. Clever human has no chance to defeat stupid one.

          • Guacamole Jim

            … Bolivia?? Am I missing something here?

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            He was involved in the Bolivian government and he committed mass genocide while there. He was later captured and executed by CIA equipped Bolivian forces.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Ah I see. I thought you meant he was Bolivian-born. My mistake!

          • Dagon

            He was originally from Argentina, and his involvement in the Cuban revolution is more publicized than his involvement in Bolivia. That’s what made your sentence a bit weird

          • Well, he died and fought in Bolivia.

          • Óðhinn

            Well…..Don’t you think you’re being hyperbolic? I’m not saying that Guevara was a saint. He did advocate violent revolution. However, the Nazis killed an estimated 12 million people during WW2. So, unless Che Guevara is responsible for millions and millions of deaths (which he is not), then he’s not really comparable to Hitler. George W. Bush is responsible for more deaths than Guevara.

          • Dagon

            It pisses me off to see someone like him being heralded as a “warrior of peace” or “freedom”.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            It pisses me off too. He was a human monster who was as close to Hitler as Bolivia would get.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I don’t dislike Guevara. I don’t necessarily like him, either. The strange cult of personality that surrounds his image has removed the man’s life, actions, and ideology from the idea of Che. I think he needs to be examined on his own terms, separate from the boneheads who idolize the picture and a vague notion of anti-capitalist sentiment.

          • The Beargod

            Dagon seconded, this a thousand times.
            Which strongly contributes to my belief to the disexistence of good.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Ideologically, I think anarchism is appealing. In reality, it’s extreme naive, almost childish in its willful ignorance towards the greed of man.

          • Dagon

            We do need rules and a way of preventing/punishing/curbing wrongdoings, but do they have to stem from a centralized government? That’s my main question these days.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            And a great question that is. I think there are some things that individual entities just lack the capability of managing well. Infrastructure, for one.

          • tertius_decimus

            I attest. Anarchism (in my book anarcho-capitalism) is the way to go. But it has one flaw that denies its existence completely: high moral entry threshold.

          • Dagon

            I feel like we’re bonding.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            I honestly don’t think most people are good enough at their core.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Lord of the Flies, baby.

          • The Beargod

            This, a million times. Anarchy’s flaw = human.

          • tertius_decimus

            Yes, thus no anarchy possible.

          • Dagon

            This, a thousand times once again.

            There’s a reason Adam Smith wrote The Theory Of Moral Sentiments before The Wealth Of Nations. And there’s a reason almost nobody read the first book.

          • Óðhinn

            Agreed. In a society “governed” by anarchy, I don’t see any way that such a society is not dominated by groups of thugs. As much as Americans like to complain about “the government” as some evil entity, in reality it’s what stops certain people from just walking up and killing people for their possessions without fear of being caught and punished.

          • tertius_decimus

            My apologies for idealization, but anarchist society that is inhabited with thugs isn’t an anarchist society. Anarchism requires too high standarts for what we call “moral”.

          • Óðhinn

            Which makes it highly impractical for anything other than theory.

          • tertius_decimus

            True. It’s utopian dream.

          • If that so, which aspects of anarchism you think are ideal to constructing a better system?

          • Óðhinn

            The simple answer is none. Anarchy is an absolute and broad standard which would be too difficult to apply to a sizable civilized society.

            There are many aspects of life which should be relatively or almost completely free of regulation, but Anarchy is not the answer for large groups of people. I don’t think it would work.

          • I try to see anarchism as a life scheme, more than a political system, and in that way it appeals more to me.

          • Dagon

            There is good, as there’s evil. Evil people tend to like power more than good people do. The more power available, higher the chance of evil people getting their way.

            That’s why life tends to be really bad in places where a lot of political power can be achieved.

          • The Beargod

            I don’t see it like that. Because there is nothing that wouldn’t bring good and evil, there is nothing that would not depend (to an extent) on the point of view and valued you hold. There is no universal morale, therefore no universal good and therefore no absolute evil either.

          • I’m with beargod in this morale thingy.

          • Dagon

            But you can’t let everything fall under relative terms, otherwise you’re co-signing some really fucked up shit.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Nihilists, Donny. Completely harmless.

          • The Beargod

            For the record, Fuck Nihilism.

          • The Beargod

            Like? What I think and what I see as right or wrong is not bound to other moral strictures.

          • Dagon

            Female genital mutilation in some countries is a common practice.

          • The Beargod

            I don’t think any (unvoluntary) genital mutilation is right. Nor do I see how this would stem from my “stance”

          • Dagon

            I’m not saying you are a supporter of such atrocity, I’m just saying that in some cultures it’s considered an a-okay thing to do. I don’t think relativism is healthy in the sense that a lot of people look away from shit like that and just say “it’s their culture”. That’s a really fucked up culture.

            But then I get stuck in a rut. Is it right to take action against such cultural practice? I don’t know.

          • The Beargod

            I don’t quite know how to explain myself further for I don’t actually believe in relativism. More like, non-existence.

          • Dagon

            The real question is: do you believe in life after love?

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            I can feel something inside me say, “I really don’t think you’re strong enough!”

          • Dagon

            I think you are, W.

            Love,
            R

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            D’awwwww.

          • Tyree
          • The Beargod

            She used to look quite nice.

        • Dagon

          It’s impossible because everything it’s based on is economically and logically wrong. Philosophers as early as Böhm-Bawerk have exposed Marx’s inconsistency and flaws, but no one paid attention and different shades of socialism had major backing from intelectuals and governments worldwide.

          • Óðhinn

            True communism, not the totalitarianism USSR version, may be too impractical to work on a large scale. However, most of Marx’s criticisms of capitalism were spot on given the time on which he lived.

          • Dagon

            Actually, they weren’t. Labour value and his theory of exploitation are both very fragile when picked apart and analyzed.

            People talk about him and working/living conditions in early Capitalism like things were actually better before.

          • Traditional marxist in XXI century thinking we still live in the industrial steam machinery era are the worse people ever.

          • Óðhinn

            Yes. You have to place theories in the context of the times in whic people lived. Our society had become more complex. It doesn’t entirely negate the actual substance of Marx’s theories though.

          • Óðhinn

            I’m not aware of anybody talking about things like they were “better before.” How so?

          • Dagon

            Sorry, I sort of ranted.

            What I meant to say is that, while the living conditions of the poor were extremely bad in Capitalism’s early days, they were even worse before. And because of the system, the quality of life skyrocketed faster than any other time in history. Just look at where we were 300 years ago and how things are now. That kind of jump is unparalleled.

            Which is probably the reason communism took off in primarily rural countries. The “inevitable revolution” (I don’t know the exact term in English) Marx talked about never happened in industrial countries because everyone’s lives started getting progressively better. Or less crappy, if you will.

          • Óðhinn

            I see what you mean. The revolution didn’t happen, and that’s a legitimate criticism of Marx. Nobody, including Marx, can predict the future. He didn’t take into account that there would be a multitude of incremental steps one could take between being the worker and the owner (e.g. middle management).

            We’re things better before? It’s debatable. I’m not one to rely on absolutes for the most part. While I tend to lean towards the left politically. I think a proper balance between business interests and the interests of an entire nation’s people. Where do we draw the lines, and what are the checks and balances? These things become the questions for me. How do we give people enough freedom, but not so much freedom that the interests of a few can trample so many others? And what things should we hold to other standards than those of a free market (law enforcement, Justice, healthcare, education, prisons, etc.)?

          • Dagon

            Those are all good questions. I must admit I align really far from you on a political spectrum, so whatever answers I’d try coming up with would be much different than the ones you might have.

            Some areas are reaaaally tricky, like the prisons you’ve mentioned.

          • Óðhinn

            Fair enough. I enjoyed the conversation though. Even if we don’t necessarily agree.

          • Sacritastic

            There is a system called Soziale Marktwirtschaft in Germany which balances business and people theoretical pretty well.

          • Óðhinn

            Yes, exactly. That type of system is a compromise that works relatively well in practice. Good example.

          • Sacritastic

            The Holodmor (not the Band) was caused by communism and as well the great famines in China. But basically you are right, things got better in rural areas.

        • SmartestGuyOnEarthWasAZionist

          true communism has never actually been applied. remember, stalinism does not equal communism.

          what happened after vladimir lenin died wasnt what he envisioned. stalin took over and trotsky was abolished.

          you have to look at marxism in order to understand how a true communist state is built.

          basically, you let capitalism set up society and create institutions. marx’s main theory on capitalism (predicted many years before americas post ww2 reign) is that all the money will eventually flow to the 1% in a captialist. sound familiar?

          true communism is when dictatorship of the proletariat happens; basically people bring down the capitalist system and appoint one person in charge to shift all institutions and segments of society into a classes mass.

          the whole point of true communism is to allow capitalism to create wealth to be then used to transform society into an equal share society.

          this never happened in soviet russia and never happened in china. both communist societies took the shortcut and proved communism cannot be built from the ground up. this is simply because societies institutions have not yet been formed or strengthened enough to succeed at such dealing with the stresses of suck a transformation.

          this is part of the reason why mccarythism exists; because certain people in the states know that capitalism precedes communism if things get too unbalanced (all the money flowing one way).

          im not for a communist transformation; but thinking 20th communism failed because of china and russia is one the largest misconceptions in modern hist0ry.

          • The Beargod

            Aye, I’ve pointed out a couple times here me’self that communism never happened really. But what has happened is a pretty good showcase of why it will never be applied properly and workingly.

  • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

    All of the yes. I love me some industrial tinged metal and this hits all the right buttons for me.

  • Dean the P.I. Staker

    Do we know what formats this will be in (besides digital dogfarts)? CD, vinyl, etc?

    EDIT: Looks like ATMF is doing a ltd. digipak. Noice.

  • Really rad robo-review, robo-writer. Gonna check out the music very shortly.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Rockin’

  • sweetooth0

    That embedded song was the tits, I’m gonna have to look into these guys!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Absolutely check out this album, it’s really fucking good. Lots of experimentation and different sounds without getting anywhere near the hipstery/shoegazey sound.

      • sweetooth0

        which is good, because while I can get down with some of that, I like to hear some pure evil from time to time ya know

  • They may not be a Nazi band, but their ideals don’t seem far off.

    • Óðhinn

      How so?

      • From CyberneticOrganism’s previous interview:
        “Both Draconian and our new record reflect my personal disgust towards the current state of modern man and society; no honor, no loyalty, no discipline, no respect, no confidence… only arrogance and passive aggressiveness. Everyone cannot and does not have the ability to be the leader. The concept that everyone is the same and that all deserve exactly the same is absurd, and only brings closer the downfall… as mankind walks hand in hand towards slavery, stumbling blind in the forest, directionless and without a true leader.”

        That sounds like it was pretty much copied and pasted directly off of Stormfront or Return of Kings forums. It’s the same underlying sentiment.

        And “Metal music has become whitewashed and sterilized for the most part, as most of you are probably well aware of by now. Society is never comfortable with a dissonant voice, and the reaction is usually an attempt at censorship; an attempt to squash what they cannot understand to be a possible path towards enlightenment.”
        1) Who the fuck is censoring metal? The government? Certainly not in the US.
        2) lol @ sterile. I guess Unique Leader style tech death is the only thing coming out these days.
        2) You know what the metal press and blogosphere doesn’t like to cover? Nazi bands. Which is once again, not censorship.

        • The Beargod

          You could see the first one as a criticism of democratic governance (and it isn’t even hard)

          Your numbered point are valid, but the first part of his second point could as well be interpreted as “Metal music has no more bands that are truly shocking or really critical towards the very foundation of our fucked up world”

          Edit: for the rec not saying I think/interpreted it this way.

          • You could see it, but the “honor, loyalty, discipline” thing makes it ring hollow for me. That’s what BLS fans think is important.

            Well, we’ve had bands decrying government, society, and the human race itself for more than two decades. Gore-soaked depravity, ultimate annihilation and everything in between has been covered already. No one’s shocked anymore because we’ve heard it all before, everything’s been critical of everything, extremity is played out. We’re used to it.

          • The Beargod

            That’s why the only shocking thing is to be politically something unacceptable to most people or toy with it (like Kommandant). Which is something a part of me understands.

          • In some capacity I understand that too, but at the same time it seems to me like the thematic equivalent of the tech death arms race. Sure, you play faster and more technical, but it doesn’t really make your music better.

        • Óðhinn

          Yeah. I see want you mean. That some men are “just leaders” is ridiculous.

          The “metalgate” thing was a joke too. An attempt to take away political opinions from metal bloggers and journalists under the guise of metal purity.

          The whole trend towards claiming white conservative male victimhood is garbage too.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            I’m sure glad most of us adults had the capacity to realize that stupid metalgate thing was a total farce not even worth our attention.

    • Honkey Dildobeefjuice

      Actually no. Definitely skates the fine line, but then again, so do neofolk bands. If you want a grand example, and have fuckloads of time, here’s my interview with Luftwaffe about that, right after meeting them at the Death In June concert in Chicago (which people were threatening to bomb).

      http://www.chaindlk.com/interviews/Luftwaffe/

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  • Honkey Dildobeefjuice

    One of Chicago’s finest! Sadly, never got to see them live before I left, but heard their shows are something the fuck else.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      What happened to your oily sexy butt?

      • Taylor Jong Un

        I stole Joe’s wife in the meantime. I had to retire the oily sexy butt, since she asked.