The Jazz Club Vol. 5 – Gateway Drugs: Jazz Albums for Metalheads

After we provided a general introduction for the genre in our last Jazz Club, Jimmy and I tossed around the idea of writing an adjacent piece catered specifically to metal fans. As with any genre, it’s easier to crack into the overall style with a handful of bands or albums that incorporate elements from genres that the listener is already familiar with. There are some pretty strong links between jazz and metal, which made it easy to select a well-rounded list of albums to recommend for metal fans who want their jazz to have an added edge. Some of these releases lean more towards one genre than the other, but they’re all excellent in their own right and provide a solid, metallic gateway into jazz.

Ihsahn – Arktis

If you randomly sampled this man’s career, especially if you took into account his long years with Emperor and his countless guest spots on other musicians’ music, you’d have no way of knowing what your sample would sound like. He has dealt with black metal, avant-garde, nordic prog, and many, many more genres. However, it is without a doubt that he is an artist rather than a random dabbler, possessing of an artistic direction that leaves a distinct mark on everything he records. His newest offering, Arktis, is no different.

Hope Drone – Cloak of Ash

I’m beginning to think that it’s impossible (for me, anyway) to review a post-black metal record without making comparisons and contrasts to the genre at large and making wild generalizations to the style’s increasingly routine and undifferentiated landscape. When speaking on Vattnet Viskar’s Settler, I opined that the group achieved…