Inquisition – Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith

Black metal has always been one of heavy music’s most simultaneously expressive and self-limiting subgenres. It’s probably why a huge portion of former bands have either disbanded after only a few releases or simply abandoned the aesthetic completely. At this point in the genre’s history, it’s honestly pretty rare to…

Starter Kit: Real Emo™

What exactly is Real Emo™? To put it simply, Real Emo™ was a movement started by a select few hardcore bands located in or around DC in the early 80’s and continued on through the late 80’s/early 90’s. Around this time is when bands on the West Coast adopted the more experimental, melodic approach to hardcore punk music and began to lay many of the foundations for what would eventually become screamo. The music is often stylistically similar to early hardcore acts such as Minor Threat or The Bad Brains in that it is fast and passionate, but differs in the sense that the lyrics tend to be a bit more introspective and the overall sound far more melodic. With bands like Nation Of Ulysses and Moss Icon further experimentation became increasingly popular as well, adding many “spacier” elements as well as incorporating a bit of spoken word. Nation Of Ulysses even had a saxophone occasionally, something that later bands like Native Nod couldn’t help but pick up. And, interestingly enough, not a single had any “twinkly” guitar parts.

Hey! Listen to Blood Incantation!

There’s something so inescapably raw about well-executed death metal. The downtuned guitars, chunky riffs, thumping bass drums and guttural vocals swirl together into this bludgeoning combination that hits you over the head like an uncooked steak, and with twice the bloodiness. Be it early Floridian death metal, Gothenburg-style melodeath, or the…