(feel free to skip the ruminations and scroll straight to the playlist if that's what you're after)
For the past couple of years I've become increasingly interested in the far reaches of the metal genre - the boundaries, the limit cases. Obviously, to some extent this is subjective, contextual and relative. But, speaking in personal terms, I'm intrigued by the number of bands or songs that I consider part of my metal listening (which, to be honest, is most of my listening), even though, if I stop and think to myself - is this metal? - my answer might be - not really, or, I'm not sure.
Often this happens with bands that were metal but whose sound has mellowed over the years (Anathema is a prime example). In other cases it might be a metal–nonmetal collaboration. Or it might be a nonmetal artist with a particularly metal ethos or aesthetic - something about them that screams 'heavy' in a metal way.
So I started thinking about taking this idea to the radio waves. And calling it Simulated Meat because, as a good vegan, I know that the things you consume don't have to be bloody to be satisfying.
At the recent Heavy Metal & Popular Culture conference in Bowling Green, Ohio, Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris's keynote address suggested that we metal folks may need to rethink conventional understandings of what metal is - what is it that makes something metal? - if we want to keep the genre alive and vital in the future. If we don't, metal may eventually turn into a collection of fossilized remains while the innovation and energy move off into other areas of music-making and creative production.*
*Disclaimer: I'm paraphrasing and summarizing and leaving a lot out here. This also, to me, feels like an invitation to dialogue and debate rather than a straightforward instruction. Because I see some parallels between my thoughts on metal genre boundaries and Kahn-Harris's talk, I'm offering up Simulated Meat as an abbreviated contribution to this dialogue.
And all this is why we have introduced, with the return of Kill Eat Exploit the Weak, a new feature called Simulated Meat.
Now on to the regularly scheduled program: our latest playlist.
|Enabler||Shift of Redemption (Think Fast!)||Shift of Redemption|
|KEN mode||Entrench (New Damage)||Counter Culture Complex|
|Vilipend||Inamorata (A389)||Last Stand of the Hopeless Romantic|
|I||Between Two Worlds (Nuclear Blast)||The Storm I Ride|
|Volbeat||Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal)||Room 24|
|Axeslasher||Mark of the Pizzagram - Invasion of the Babesnatchers||Mark of the Pizzagram - Invasion of the Babesnatchers|
|Speedwolf||Ride With Death (Hell's Headbangers)||I Am the Demon|
|Author and Punisher*||Women and Children (Seventh Rule)||In Remorse|
|Duncan Evans*||Bird of Prey (Prophecy)||Bird of Prey|
|Long Distance Calling*||The Flood Inside (Superball)||Tell the End|
|InAeona*||IA / OX||Soldier|
|Anciients||Heart of Oak (Season of Mist)||Raise the Sun|
|Cynic||Focus (Roadrunner)||Veil of Maya|
|Hollow||Wacken Metal Battle Canada Vol 1||Landscape|
|Thrawsunblat||Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings||Bones in the Undertow|
|Atrocity||Okkult (Napalm)||When Empires Fall to Dust|
|Cathedral||The Last Spire (Metal Blade)||Cathedral of the Damned|
|Novembers Doom||Heart of Gold: A Tribute to Woods of Ypres||Wet Leather|
|My Dying Bride||The Manuscript (Peaceville)||The Manuscript|
|Kittens||Bazooka and the Hustler (Sonic Unyon)||Great Dane|
|Immolation||Majesty and Decay (Nulclear Blast)||The Purge|
* Simulated Meat