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Are You Hateful Enough? Part One

Existence is a cruel, vile and ridiculous thing. Mother Nature is a bloody bitch and "Satan", the creator of this world, is one sadistic mofo (though I must admit he is pretty badass). I find that very few bands aurally convey the intense hatred and love of destruction that I know so well. Sure, a lot of metal bands sound really pissed off, but so much of the time they are just bitching about politics, oppression and the mass media and all that shit. You know what, I hate a lot of politicians, but I want bands that hold regular people in equal contempt. It's time for "political" bands to stop pretending that oligarchic government is bad and that the people are good and should be empowered. People are stupid dumbheads. These bands know that; here is part 1 of a new series called "Are You Hateful Enough?"
1Today is the Day

Steve Austin has been exorcising the chaos and madness of his mind onto
albums of acid noise/prog-sludge/vein bursting avant DM since the early 90's.
Interviews have revealed that he is, in fact, an extremely troubled and mentally
anguished person. Since I am manic bi-polar, I find this strangely comforting. I
am often disappointed when I read interviews with dark bands I like and they
say "oh, we're actually happy dudes, we're not like all dark all the time and
stuff". Fuck that, I want my twisted geniuses to be tortured maniacs.
2The Hope Conspiracy
Death Knows Your Name

Just because you hate existence doesn't mean you can't have a good time. Life
is Hell, but if it wasn't we would never get to enjoy vile Horror movies and
horrific mental fantasies. So even though the venom spitting vocals of this
band's frontman are 100% pure hate, the band's gas tanker sonics are super
fucking grooving and rocking. This album often inspires me to walk around
Hollywood (where I live) making weird, twisted faces at people while I claw my
hands at the air.
3 Swans
Cop/Holy Money

In the mid 80's, Michael Gira lived in a dank underground basement in NY city
with no windows and plenty of rats. He also was working dead end, back
breaking menial jobs and going on miserable, audience-less tours with Sonic
Youth. That's probably part of why this album sounds like a Iron smelting
factory exploding in slow motion. This isn't rock, this isn't metal, this isn't even
really noise rock; this is a truly singular representation of the noxious indignities
of modern industrialized life.
Sworn to the Dark

The anti-cosmic hatred of this band has within it a strange kind of love. Yes,
Watain wishes for nothing less than PURE DEATH TO ALL. But they see that
within the epic process of global destruction, there is a beatific Satanic majesty
imbuing every wicked moment.
In Utero

Hateful music does not have to be cold and soulless. Hatred is only one aspect of
life, and without it we would not know love. The tenderness and empathic
melancholy of this album is present even in the most bent, disgusted and self
loathing moments. Kurt could never get past the hate. But his emotionally
gripping music inspires ME to get past the hate, and to not ultimately succumb
to the dangerous allure of hatred.
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