White Ring 2010

I’ve been on this kick, listening to a ton of black metal beside darker ambient and electronic music. Not necessarily revolutionary considering Darkthrone’s long-standing interest in those areas, the introduction of keyboards into BM, Burzum’s prison albums, the earlier paths of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Nurse With Wound, Whitehouse, and Coil (read England’s Hidden Reverse, if you haven’t), Dominick Fernow’s later work in Prurient/Ash Pool/Cold Cave, etc., but I’m especially into this updated take — introducing Southern hip hop, the stuff I talk about when talking about Salem — and the way it all meshes. White Ring, the Brooklyn duo of Kendra Malia and Bryan Kurkimilis, dig deeper into black metal than some of their “cohorts.” I’ve gone on about how Crystal Castles make me think of WOLD, the BM connections with Frank (Just Frank) and Zola Jesus, but if you jump around the Internet, you’ll see White Ring themselves mentioning Darkthrone, Mayhem, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Satyricon, Watain, and Liturgy alongside Swans, Death In June, Slowdive, TG, Cult Of Youth and Coil. Which is part of what I find so striking about them. Here’s “Felt U” from a still-untitled album due in 2011.

They’re obviously getting corralled into this “witch house” moment, but they’re part of that older, more longstanding tradition: Basically I agree with Pendu, Travis Egedy, parts of my high school record collection. If you want to go deeper, they had a diverse cast remix “Suffocation” and look for the “Emotion” split 7″ with other favorites oOoOO. Or, load your guns and listen to another oldie:

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