Tuesday, April 24, 2012


what it is: early at the gates
where i found it: long ago in a land far away called adolescence

I've been gorging on the first two At The Gates releases, Swedish death metal for the ages. Yes their band name is stupid and the records after these two kind of suck and are way too clean, but this early material makes me excited. Free associative flow of crazy twist and turn riffs (how did they memorize this crap?), odd medieval out of tune fiddle, a guy screaming like he's being tortured, Dissection-like tremolo harmony happiness, etc. What in god's name were they putting in the water in early 90s Sweden?

In other Swedish news, the minister of culture is in trouble for eating a piece of a half real/half cake black woman who was undergoing a clitorectomy. Or something.