I want a band called God Dethroned (above) to sound like a band called God Dethroned, and they do. They are a Dutch death metal band. I double- checked they are death metal, as otherwise the metal historian Andrew O’Neill will mock me for my inability to tell sub-genre from sub-genre. Doom metal, folk metal, black metal, grindcore… I remain almost as lost as I am amongst jazz aficionados, but this metal was definitely morbid enough for death. I consider such havoc jaunty now.
It was first on the most recent playlist of Resonance FM’s Artrocker show, presented by Paul and Lewis. It is a good double act for musical experiments. Paul, the jovial man, versus Lewis, who wishes to remain hidden in a silent corner, highly suspicious of Paul’s motives for making him explain bands or name names, as if he has been forced into the studio due to a Faustian pact.
The show is perfect for anyone who likes to pogo but prefers to do it in the comfort of their own home. I chose to damage the ceiling plaster during the playing of Blood Clots. I also heard Philipp Gorbachev and the Naked Man for the first time and realised I had foolishly forgotten post-punk outfit The Sound, led by Adrian Borland. A documentary on his creativity and too short life, Walking in the Opposite Direction, will hopefully be at a festival near you soon.
I am writing about Resonance again because I remain disappointed by how many people I meet who still don’t know about it.
Resonance reminds me of a radio version of New York public access cable TV of the 1980s, the sort of TV shows that were highlighted on late-night Channel 4 when it still flirted with notions of a counterculture.