In an effort to signal boost the greater cerebral symposium on extreme metal’s culturally valuable nuance we present an inspired and thoughtfully achieved review-centered podcast via the Death Metal Guy and the Black Metal Guy: The Terminus Extreme Metal Podcast. Having caught my ear and thrilled my brains enough with their first wave of episodes, I’ve requested to feature their work ‘til they tell me to fuck off. The format is conversational but quite detailed and episodes run from 2-3 hours long via weekly formatted shows with review discussion and song clips alongside separate and intermittent 1-2 hour artist interviews.
“On this week’s full-throttle, three-hour marathon episode of Terminus, we come face to face with some of the black metal questions that have haunted us from the beginning of the show.
The Black Metal Guy begins with Denmark’s Ildskær and Quebec’s Cimetière, both of whom draw on the beloved “Franco-Finnish” guitar style. Is this smoothly-flowing, epic riff-form too dominant for its own good? And if so, what’s the way out? Ildskær answers this quandary by adapting the F.F. riff to a uniquely Danish sensibility. Cimetière does the same, but for French Canada. We love both these records, and in the course of discussion we range from the rise of the nowadays Danish scene to some unexpected links between black metal and ’77 punk.
On Part II, The Death Metal Guy introduces Elcrost, a young and very promising “Gothic extreme metal” band from Vietnam. They work uphill against a limited recording setup to write intricate, thoughtfully composed songs. And when the formula works, it really works!
At last, we turn to Germany’s Toadeater, and this brings us to the big one — the post-black question! — in what may be our most contentious segment yet. TDMG and TBMG debate whether this record is black metal or post-black, whether it’s good or terrible, and where music like this falls in the direction of the genre as a whole. Lurking behind it all is the towering specter of Mgla. How has this single band reshaped the field of black metal, and how should up-and-coming bands respond? Where does originality come from, and how? You don’t wanna miss this one!!”
Terminus Episode 24 – K.V.N.T. Kolektiv, Goratory, Yersin, They Came From Visions, Dressed In Streams – TERMINUS: extreme metal podcast
- Terminus Episode 24 – K.V.N.T. Kolektiv, Goratory, Yersin, They Came From Visions, Dressed In Streams
- Terminus Interview – Old Mill Productions (ft. track premiere – Haljoruna, “Skumringsheim”)
- Terminus Episode 23 – Ildskaer, Cimetiere, Elcrost, Toadeater
- Terminus Episode 22 – Trident, Mysthicon, Panzerwar, Encephalic
- Terminus Episode 21 – Into Oblivion, Sammas’ Equinox, Insalubrity, Just Before Dawn
- 00:00 – Introductory bullshitting
- 11:48 – Ildskaer – Den Raedsomste Nat (Wolfspell Records)
- 56:36 – Cimetiere – Extinction (CD on Feu Follet Productions and Les Creations Underground; tape on Epitaphe Prod.)
- 01:27:52 – Interlude – Malveillance – “Extensive Slaughter,” fr. Just Fuck Off (Suffering Jesus Productions et al., 2006). Available from one of the original labels, New Scream Industries, if the BigCartel still works. If not, it’s at Dark Horizon on clearance. https://newscreamindustry.bigcartel.c…
- 01:30:16 – Elcrost – Foregone Fables (Independent)
- 02:03:00 – Toadeater – Bit to ewigen daogen (Revolvermann Records/Kellerassell Records)
- 03:01:12 – Outro – Gloosh, “Groza,” fr. Timewheel (Independent, 2019). Tape via slowsnow records. This summer’s EP, The River, is also well worth checking out. https://gloosh.bandcamp.com/album/tim… https://slowsnowrecords.bandcamp.com/…
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