Sunday, 19 April 2009

Canadian black metal and environmental refugees

No, there's no actual connection, unless Wolves in the Throne Room manage to pull one out of their gear when they play Hamilton and Toronto next month.

The second half of my heading refers to a documentary TVO aired tonight: The Refugees of the Blue Planet. The film followed the story of a large and growing group of people displaced from their homes and their livelihoods because of climate chaos, ravenous industrial/agricultural development, and the environmental destruction that ensues from both. Reminds me a bit of some of the material in Hope’s Edge by Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe, though with more focus on the effects of a wider range of processes and practices on the people most disadvantaged by the wealth of the West.
[if you're interested, I shared some of my thoughts on industrial agriculture with Echo readers after reading Hope's Edge - one of my more outspoken rants]

As for Canadian black metal, last night my friends and I were among one of the smallest concert audiences I've been part of in Toronto. Like maybe two handfuls of other people, we showed up at the Wreck Room to see two Quebecois black metal bands - Csejthe and Monarque - and an Ontario opener - Pagan Ritual. Before the show I knew I liked what I'd heard by all three bands but what I'd heard wasn't all that much. Live all three acts surpassed my expectations, performing tight, entertaining sets despite the small turnout. I hear they may return. I would definitely see them again. If you get the chance to check them out, don't let it pass you by. In the meantime, here's a taste of their visual atmosphere.

Recent exclaim! contributions, in case you're short of reading material:
Soilwork / Darkane / Warbringer / Swallow the Sun (plus a few low-res photos)

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