I think the phrase from Electric Wizard’s “Come my Fanatics” is appropriate here.
Let me start with a story:
I was in my local record store several years back. I only went there for this obese cat that lounged around the counter. I forget his name, but I still remember his fuzziness well. After a bit of browsing, something outmatched the cat’s fuzziness: the thickest guitar tone I had ever heard at the time, and the lonesome wail of a woman.
I was entranced. No type of music gave me that ethereal quality before. The living dead experience. The experience of being resurrected from a decrepit crypt. The groove and the terror. The sacrilegious riff.
That record that got me into stoner doom and sludge was Windhand’s Soma.
And well, I became hooked. I bought the record. Started diving into others in the scene like Pallbearer, Bell Witch, and Yob. I became more and more into the scene. Seeing shows every other week. Eventually I went on to the greats like Sleep and Electric Wizard.
I made pilgrimage to Psycho Las Vegas and saw Sleep for the first time. Last year, I saw Electric Wizard in Austin. I caught Amenra and Yob on Sunday.
What has always gotten me about the genre is the ritualistic aspect of it. Every show I’ve seen has this element of ritual.
For Sleep, it was marijuana. It connected the fans closer to the music – spawning the phrase, “Follow the Smoke to the Riff-Filled Land”.
For Electric Wizard, it’s the anguish and depravity. The horror and sex. Extremity made slow and heavy. It puts you in a trance.
For Amenra, it’s hurt. It’s catharsis. I listened to Mass VI shortly after my mother passed. No other album catches the feeling of grief for me like Mass VI did (well, except maybe Warning’s Watching From a Distance). Amenra has fostered the collective Church of Ra to unite followers in their love for music.
That describes why I love it. But what we want to do is capture holistically why others love it. We want to explain it. We want to delve deeper into. Do something other than the basic, “Top Doom Albums of All Time”.
I mean, we still can do the listicle. Something such as, “Top Riffs Dedicated to Satan”, “Riffs That Would Make Jesus Do Bong Rips”, etc.
The genre is simultaneously goofy and serious. I can capture that. I can delve into the comedic pop culture surrounding the genre, I.e, Matt Pike for President. I can go in lyrical analysis. I can reference memes. I can even, depending on the shows that come around me, obtain interviews.
I have a strong literary background. And frankly, I think I’m pretty fucking hilarious (my girlfiend disagrees, but that’s besides the point). I come pretty cheap with satisfaction guaranteed.
I am your Fanatic….
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