The metallic scene is a person of society’s several remaining cultures where you are authorized to wear a cape. Certain, even other fans may possibly crack wise about your Draculean finery, but for the most aspect metalheads will settle for a cape-wearer with minimal more than a shrug. That explained, only a handful of bands have believably pulled off a cape, and even some of those people are questionable. It can take the right mixture of shadow, grandeur, and complete absence of self-consciousness to spin that factor on to your shoulders, and true communicate, not all steel bands are prepared for that.
In 2022, Philadelphia’s Devil Master are preserving the cape alive. With their inimitable mixture of ultra-goth black-thrash and snotty sleaze-main, the band have observed a sonic and stylistic niche which very a lot begs for every single member to don a cape at some issue. So in honor of Planet Dracula Day, a working day which pays tribute to the ultimate bloodthirsty cape-wearer, we requested Satan Master to give us a listing of their beloved cape-clad metal bands. Here’s who they set on their formal capes for…
The most crazed, underrated, genuinely vampyric steel-jazz-acid-punk to ever exist and hardly ever be touched…The video for “Ghost Walking” is the peak goth aesthetic and will under no circumstances be topped for evident causes to any person who watches. But alas, this was just one of few tracks like it, and does not give a fair illustration of the overall psychotic brilliant that was the bands whole profession. I (Darkest Prince of All Rebel) experienced the honour of keeping at Rely Doug Clark’s Residence once and becoming a buddy in his final ten years. A authentic lord who believed himself a vampire according to the rumors…Rest in Electricity!
Japan’s ideal held secret, and for good cause. We will not explain any longer, check out for yourself…Rest In Electric power Nanuek the Lengflo! Get rid of You WHEN YOU Grow to be Woke up!!
Japan’s greatest recognised mystery, and rightfully so, having crossed and bended every single style across the board into wonderful nightmare dreamscapes…Sigh‘s early aesthetic is also unmatched, which helps make perception thinking of they have been a single of the first to be scouted by Euronymous himself! Even though I value the psychedelia/not give a fuck dressing of Mirai and the band later on, these early shots, In particular this goblin cape, strike a certain feeling.
The pinnacle of vampyric black steel, in contrast to the embarrassing trendy hordes we see currently of skilled musicians with a sudden boner for the darkness…Whilst I could credit history any and each and every task of Willy’s previous circle the Black Legions, Mutiilation grew to become so prolific and poetic, spinning his lifestyle into the lyrics so tangibly as to paint a genuine photo of a corpse possessed to go on only by Maldoror levels of hatred and misanthropy, that I have to give the credit score below. This has also been my favored image ever considering the fact that a young lad.
The very best of Hellenic black steel in my view, Necromantia early on carved an unsettling and unique audio, owed to their selecting to use a 6-stringed bass more than a guitar to truly lend to that sub-frequency terror. Their entire discography is wonderful, but the demos and initial couple of albums are unmatched in unusual, brutal-yet-attractive nightmarish ambiance.
There is not substantially to say here…Flawless discography from these genuinely occult caped maestros. Mortuary Drape are a legendary, untouchable band we had the honor of opening for at the time. All The Witches Dance is the closest metal report to a seance one can ever hear, and truly I’m heading to put it on suitable now to finish this article.
The other Italian legends this posting would not be complete with out. Dying SS are self-explanatory for all acquainted with their legacy as early purveyors of blackened major metal in Monster Mash gear, all while working towards genuine diabolism, as lately disclosed in depth in Steve Sylvester’s memoir. While I put up this image, I cannot assist but marvel if Billy from the film Hocus Pocus was taken from the zombie determine here…
My own beloved, Gorgoroth are by some means one particular of the longest working bands to under no circumstances get rid of their mystique, and who fortunately returned to sort. Using a beautiful line concerning obscure paganism and theistic satanism, with new music spanning from punk to snotty hefty steel a la Bathory to their frequent classical influences. I’m not certain there’s a much better desert island band for myself.
Honorary point out to Taiki of Japan’s Flexibility, who lately handed. Flexibility was amongst the early ’80s punk bands with strange metal influences on major of bouncy street punk, even though wearing capes…Taiki ran Territory Occult Keep in Osaka, which was like stepping in to one more planet, and will be sorely missed.
Mercyful Fate/King Diamond
I saved the legendary bands for previous, since there really is nothing much more to say.