Welcome to the musical meandering insights of Aaron Joy. Here you'll find 600 reviews of CDs & DVDs of rock & metal in all its variations, mainstream & indie. What they all share is that the album or band is unique in some way & not every submission was reviewed. Please share these reviews or link to them if you like what you read. Reviews are no longer being posted here but feel free to e-mail Aaron & post comments. (Formerly the Roman Midnight Music Blog)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Militants ~ One Nation Under Death


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Style: heavy metal, black metal, death metal
Label: self-released
Year: 2007
Home: Los Angeles, California

Members: Charlie Zeigler ~ vocals/drum programming/keyboards
Horace Miller ~ guitars/bass

Additional: Amanda Mullins ~ bass

The Miltants have put together a slab of disturbingly brutal & lyrically pessimistic metal on their fourth release, inspired by Pantera, Slayer, Carcass & other blacker-than-thou & madder-than-thou bands not for the faint of heart. It's a cold day in Hell, or more properly for society-at-large for the duo of Charlie Zeigler & Horace Miller who want you to clearly know of their anger through traditional speed metal riffs & shouted lyrics of destruction. Their lyrics tell all you need to know of their state of mind: "Bullet Speed", "Time Does Not Heal", "Collecting Skulls", "Snake Versus God", "Paranoia On The Loose", "Virus Feeds" & "Empty Inside" plus the title track. But, it's destruction that is actually revolution in disguise as they sing of the end but also of a reinvention & something better in the future, as the sung in "D'Spirited": "I am the seed of a new beginning/dark evolution/genesis of fire." The Militants aren't braving any new musical ground, particularly with only two guys making all the noise & anyone else but a guest or touring member the rhythm tracks are weaker than with a full band, while the lyrics are more often than not drawing on cliched death metal topics, but they guys are having fun with their chunk of metal & that's essentially what metal is all about.

(featured on the Roman Midnight Music CD Reviews & Interviews podcast: episode 31 "Interview: The Militants," September 2011, click here to listen)


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