Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A new RABM logo :)

Taken from the below-mentioned blog:

Looks cool, though more suitable for a communist black metal movement. I'd like to see more anarchist symbolism.

An unexpected discovery

I thought I was the first to start a blog about leftist black metal music. However, I was wrong:

http://redandanarchistblackmetal.blogspot.com/ - a Spanish-language blog with only two entries. Looks like the blog's owner doesn't update it anymore, and it's sad - I'd like to see more RABM blogs around.

P.S. Stay tuned! I have a lot of decent music for you (including anarchist viking metal and black ambient).

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jarost Marksa - "We The People" (2008)


JAROST MARKSA (ЯРОСТЬ МАРКСА) "We The People"

Year: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Russia
Label: Bellum Gerite

Track List:
  1. Empires Shall Fall
  2. United Under The Red Banner
  3. The Sacred War
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It's very likely you've already heard of Jarost Marksa, as it is most well-known communist black metal band right now. Here's the official bio from their myspace:

"Jarost Marksa (Russian for "Fury of Marx") are Antoine Durand (vocals, guitar), Ivan Kuznetsov (guitar), Nikolai Vasilyev (bass) and Mikhail Sokolov (drums). Antoine is originally from France but he moved to Moscow, Russia, in 2005, where all the other members of the band live. Over the past years he got disillusioned with western society and the capitalist system. His search for like-minded people led him to Russia, where he met Nikolai, Ivan and Mikhail in an anarchist commune. They created Jarost Marksa, a communist black metal project. Their sound ranges from slow melodic riffs to furious and fast black metal blast beats. Their debut is an EP called "We the People", released in 2008. Lyrically their music deals with violent revolution to establish a communist society. They also made a black metal cover of the famous Soviet World War 2 song "Svyaschennaya Voyna" (Sacred War) which was originally performed by the Red Army Choir of Aleksandr Aleksandrov"

Of course this EP isn't a masterpiece, but it isn't bad for a first release. Not sure if it worth listening to? Watch this video:

Disflesh - "Warmageddon" (demo 2004)


DISFLESH "Warmageddon"

Year: 2004
Genre: Blackened Crust
Country: Spain
Label: 9mm Productions / re-released by Slava Prod. and Wolf Records

Track List:

  1. Warmaggeddon
  2. Soldiers of Satan
  3. Poder Destructivo (MG15 cover)
  4. Spero Venga La Guerra (Wretched cover)
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Black metal aesthetics + extreme and simplistic crust punk sound = WIN. Need I say more?
P.S. And... yes, the spoken word introductions are great.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Iskra - "Iskra" (2004)


ISKRA "Iskra"

Year: 2004
Genre: Blackened Crust
Country: Canada
Label: Profane Existence

Track List:
  1. Insurgence
  2. Prisoners of Conscience
  3. Acceptance not Tolerance
  4. Antisect
  5. Face of Capital
  6. Masters of War
  7. Culmine
  8. Ash and Ruin
  9. Massacre of the Innocent
  10. Threat Inflation
  11. Culture of Cowardice
bandcamp

Well... let's begin from an absolutely classic album. This seems to be the very first release from a RABM band that became widely known. Of course it's not pure black metal, it's a mix of BM and extreme crustcore and even grindcore... but anyway, enjoy it. BTW, Iskra was previously known as Black Kronstadt, and Black Kronstadt was the first band to bring some elements of black metal into crust punk (as early as in 1995). The band is 100% anarchist, of course, and all the lyrics are political.

P.S. "In a very ironic paradox, black metal and crust punk have recently started to embrace one another. Members of Darkthrone and Satyricon have lately claimed that they love punk, while among crusties, black metal is the latest fashion. In fact, the latest album by crust punk band Skitsystem sounds very black metal--while the latest black metal opus by Darkthrone sounds very punk! This would have been unimaginable in the early 90's" (c)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Introduction

Looks like the RABM (Red & Anarchist Black Metal) movement is growing rapidly. Three years ago we knew no left-wing black metal bands with only exception of Iskra, and now we have a number of blackened crust and anarchist black metal bands, and "Anarchist Black Metal" groups on myspace and last.fm. So I decided to start a blog where you'll be able to download various RABM stuff (and, of course, to read some news from the scene). Hope it wouldn't take much of my time.

"Use your head, take control!
Use your head, no gods no masters!"

(c) Amebix

P.S. And please forgive me if I'd make any mistakes in my posts. My English is far from perfect, you know. 

Let there be blog!