When Hellhammer broke up in the mid eighties, it gave frontman Tom G. Warrior and bassist Martin Eric Ain the opportunity to form a new band. One that would go on to be pioneers of multiple extreme metal genres as well as avant-garde metal. That band was, of course, the mighty Celtic Frost. In 1985 … Continue reading 353: CELTIC FROST


Formed in Switzerland at the very tail end of the 2000s, Schammasch started out somewhere between black and death metal. Over time, however, their sound has become more genre-defying and avant-garde, featuring influences from post metal, ambient, and even traditional music. The band themselves remain shrouded in mystery, appearing costumed and identifying only as initials. … Continue reading 201: SCHAMMASCH


A bit under a decade ago, Manuel Gagneux was presented with a challenge to combine black metal and African-American spirituals - though it was put far less tactfully than that. What came of this unholy union of genres was, and is, a revelation - a richly cohesive, powerful expression that is far more art than … Continue reading 145: ZEAL & ARDOR