Interview by Natalie Zina Walschots
Photo by Travis Cole
When it comes to the metal aesthetic many bands feel they need to choose the route of texture or torture. Bands decide whether to build weapons or evoke atmospheres with their sound, and to focus on the ephemeral often means leaving a sense of visceral threat behind. After all, smoke cannot hurt us, and shadows don’t have teeth. Some groups, however, defy this logic; all their layers of fuzz and distortion and diaphanous sound are folded and compressed so many times they become …
Hellbound is always there, lurking in the crowd, while the band blisters the very air.
Metal still sounds best on large, round pieces of pressed vinyl. The smell, the artwork – and it gets played through a needle.
Glorious metal in all its earthly forms, compressed onto shiny plastic discs. Which ones will become the soundtrack to your life?