Mining Metallic is a month-to-month column from Heavy Consequence contributing writers Langdon Hickman and Colin Dempsey. The main focus is on noteworthy new music rising from the non-mainstream steel scene, highlighting releases from small and unbiased labels — and even releases from unsigned acts.
To inaugurate this new chapter of our ongoing work right here, my physique determined to reward me with a singular deal with: contracting COVID. It seems, pricey readers, that COVID is unhealthy, and it feels unhealthy, and also you don’t need it. After 24 hours of Blakean visions born from my fevers, fading out and in of consciousness actually from midnight to midnight, physique wracked in ache and expelling every kind of fluids at any second, I used to be then laid right into a weeklong spate of the worst bronchial BS I’ve skilled in my life. For reference, a earlier residence gave me mould publicity which completely screwed up my lungs to the purpose the place I routinely get what can solely be described as “the foamies”, so my assertion right here ought to have a little bit of weight to it. That is all to say these rising numbers you’ve been seeing of a brand new wave are legit and it is best to take them significantly; these items is not any joke.
Seems it wasn’t simply my physique that determined to crap out not too long ago, both. A quick look on the American political equipment reveals the wheels driving us nearer to an apocalyptic hybrid of theocratic and capitalist management enmeshed in a fascist grid. Individuals have determined to solace themselves by indulging in misogyny and ableist sentiments about character and behavioral problems because of a preferred celeb trial. Roe v. Wade has been formally overturned, one thing that’s been brewing in conservative enclaves for many years ever for the reason that fall of segregation within the early ’70s, with some already calling at its again to evaluation issues like the proper to contraceptives, homosexual marriage, and even recriminalizing sodomy which might in flip make being homosexual fairly actually unlawful. And all of this off of the again of infected assaults on trans rights globally. Usually, it looks like all of us are having a reasonably unhealthy time and dealing with every part about as poorly as we probably can. Ah, nicely, isn’t that simply the way in which of issues? Usually I’d have one thing extra… nicely, not cheery, definitely not given all of this, however no less than extra considerate to say. However the COVID fog continues to be rattling my mind if I’m sincere. It appears like I’m submerged in a dream, wrapped in opium smoke.
However sufficient moaning concerning the illness that’s affected so lots of our lives! In the present day can be a brand new day, the debut of my new co-writer Colin Dempsey, who I’m very excited for you all to come back to know, and we inaugurate this big day with a double-sized installment overlaying each Could and June. As you may see right here, he has an odd ear like me; our behavior of bringing you not solely essentially the most underground however usually strangest and most surreal wings of underground heavy steel, all with out trigger for ethical concern about who you’re giving your greenback, goes unabated. The animating pressure for Mining Metallic, from us as writers as much as the editors and even the very web site we run on, is love for this music. Relaxation assured that nobody will get wealthy attempting to place the shine on this materials and if there’s payola, I don’t know a single band, label or author who’s benefited from it. All of us, Colin included, simply wish to expertise wondrous issues and present them to as many individuals as we probably can. Your years of coming together with us is immensely appreciated as a lot by us as by the bands we deliver to you. Right here’s to many extra!