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Five other anti-fascist metal bands you need to hear
as one of the original progenitors of post-black metal, manchester’s caïna have been on the scene since 2004
(and upsetting plenty of Nazi boneheads in the process with their outspoken leftist views). ever-evolving, perpetually experimental, the project has returned to its pitch-black roots on new album Gentle Illness.
Listen to: No Princes in Hell
(Gentle Illness, 2019)
this Nottingham outfit have been flying the black flag since 2015. their stated mission? to destroy NSBM. their weapon? Wickedly melodic, eerily atmospheric black metal that chills to the core and cultivates an air of danger in its merciless battery.
Listen to: Span of Black Nihility (Mourning Cloak, 2016)
on their self-released debut, The One Reborn, this San Diego, ca trio found a way to combine their antifascist politics, love for the videogame Bloodborne, and collective obsession with classic gory 90s death metal into a brutal, blood-splattered cocktail of working class fury.
Listen to: The One Reborn
(The One Reborn, 2019)
Greece is a hotbed of anarchist militancy. athens-based Yovel’s stridently melodic and relentlessly aggressive take on black metal is a rousing battle cry against the horrors of fascism and capitalism, and 2018’s is a masterwork.
Listen to: Chapter V – Servile Rage
( , 2018)
Spectral lore is another athens export, and is the solo project of multiinstrumentalist ayloss. Grandiose melodies and ambient interludes underpin its cosmic, starry-eyed black metal stylings, and transmit antifascist messages from beyond the stars.
Listen to: No Excuses for Fascist Sympathy (Book of Sand cover, single, 2019)