Metal is a controversial music genre all on its own, and a complete danger to all animals from bats to chickens. Whether it’s Black, Alternative, or War Metal, you can bet some animal has suffered in the name of the genre. But the most controversial subgenre in Metal has to be Black Metal. Initially referred to as ‘Satanic Metal,’ the patron of the genre is Satan himself, the most metal of all creations. It was this exact association with the patron saint of all things evil that someone thought there should be an opposite, and they created Unblack Metal.
Derived from Christian Metal, sound-wise Unblack Metal isn’t that distinguishable from Black Metal. They have the same growls and insane tempos, except hidden behind those vocal growls and distortions, Unblack Metal lyrics are less about drugs and Satan and more about loving Jesus. It is that Jesus love that led to some Black Metal pioneers not being big fans of Unblack Metal, because it contradicts the very nature of Black Metal. Australian band Horde’s 1994 debut album ‘Hellig Usvart’ is largely considered the first Unblack Metal album.
After its release, Nuclear Blast Records received death threats from hardcore Metal fans who demanded band members’ names. Horde turned out to be a one-man band founded by Australian musician Jayson Sherlock who in 2015 discredited the death threat rumors. Examples of other Unblack Metal bands include Crimson Moonlight, Admonish, and Frosthardr. Black Metal is mainly considered to be unti-Christian, so if you live in fear of one of those Old Testament hang ‘em high plagues-of-Egypt wrath trips God was so fond of, you can listen to Unblack Metal with a clear conscience and an ever-fresh pair of underpants.
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