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The Best Metal on Bandcamp: February 2019

best metalFebruary delivered an embarrassment of black metal riches, with albums that would rank among most years’ best, from bands in France, Sweden, Greece, and the United States. Those are included below alongside a pair of crucial entries in the still-raging trad metal revival.

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Album of the Day: Rotting Christ, “The Heretics”

Much has changed since brothers Sakis and Themis Tolis started Rotting Christ as teenage boys in Greece during the late 1980s, effectively co-founding the Hellinic black metal canon. They have flirted with grindcore and goth rock, symphonic flourishes and industrial pummel, genuinely interested in advancing the hellscape they helped shape. But one thing hasn’t changed: their unapologetic devotion to subverting the sacrosanct, to turning crosses upside down by inverting the tropes and liturgical trappings of Christianity until they bleed and weep. For decades, they’ve had to defend themselves against charges of corrupting society; on The Heretics, their 13th album, they delight in inviting others to join that quest, at one point harmonizing, “I give you hell.”  Continue reading