Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The Meads of Asphodel

Tolerance, the word itself disturbs some people... Often ending up as a "side of the fence" term for describing what side of the fence you sit on politically / ideologically. The curse of each side is of course the intolerance of the perceived opposition. A blame game based upon seeing the "other side" as the main cause of the world's ills. Then you get the true liberal spirit, which is that of tolerance of all, including those that you personally disagree with. What the hell does this have to do with a bunch of medieval worshiping black metalers from the UK? Plenty.
The Meads of Asphodel are one of those bands that had no problem looking at bm, taking influence, laughing about where it was heading and then blew the doors off of it by injecting their own style. Starting with a dose of Cradle of Filth influence (early days) gone castle storming knights, they later went South on their travels to the Holy Land. Opening their minds with a steady dose of UK Punk, Hashish,Muslimgauze and psychedelic rock, they found a soap box to stand on and began their sermons. A simple enough message too... peace can be found through simply leaving other cultures alone to flourish in whatever manner they must flourish. Live and let live, ya dig? With the classic metal curiosity of being medieval based hippies playing through the violent medium of black metal (in only the most crude sense of the term). Basically, Crust evolved into a bm sense. A few lineup changes over time, a few influences added to the pot, but definitely well worth your time.

Was it worth dying for?

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