Lord Satan in Techno
Thoughts on Blasted's EP »Anvil«
Profet's Ronni Arturo freely interprets »Anvil«, the new EP from Blasted, as a satanic epos, in an article truly devoted to the blasphemous rites and practices of The Fallen Angel himself.
Two figures against a pitch black sky, the right one holding something for the left one to crazily beat. The figures feel inanimate but engaged in carrying out whatever strange task they have been made to perform. Are they live or dead, is there thoughts within their heads? What fuels this fiery fury directed toward the object in the very center of the image? Where is this ghastly play taking place?
This image should and could be covering a Heavy Metal album, or even a Black Metal record, but it doesn’t. It is, in fact, the cover of Italian techno producer Blasted’s new EP »Anvil«, released on Depth. Request today.
Both Blasted’s moniker, the title of his release and the names of all the tracks (except maybe for the copied Judas Priest title »Jawbreaker«) are tactfully borrowed from the darkest, heaviest metal there is – music that lives off of shock value based on the common man’s reaction to pure evil and/or satanic sovereignty. I see the stealing of this thematic as a genius move, a marriage of two genres that at first glance have nothing in common. After a close look, they do.
Nothing scares the common man like a person who is religiously devoted to something that usually isn’t seen as a religion. If it’s Satanism, that fear is fairly understandable since some branches of the devil worshipers enjoy burning down churches for the sake of it, or for their own enjoyment. Techno can be frightful if you’re introduced to it properly, and the common man might be so confused by the genre that he reaches a state of unshakable fear.
What Blasted has done with »Anvil« is taking two terrifying themes and presenting them as one. Especially the track »Belial« brings the listener to the depths of hell, into the burning pits where the demon lord reigns supreme. We can hear thousands upon thousands of tormented souls trapped in eternal damnation, giving away the sounds of a satanic underground factory, meant to revolve forever in the purpose of never ending torture. It’s quite uplifting when you think about it.
The title track (which also happens to be the name of the Canadian Thrash Metal band who re-rose to fame with an eponymous documentary ten years ago) in its original form might bring us closer to this occult industry hidden in the solitude of purgatory. I believe this is where we find the two hazy figures forcefully beating away on what can’t be anything else than, yes, an anvil. Always under Lucifer’s unruly whip, they forge a weapon for their master to use in his diabolic scheme to conquer God’s unknowing creations walking the earth above. In Unhuman’s noisy remix, the two figures actually start enjoying their work, savoring every strike from Beelzebub’s hand as they are forced to fire up unworldly engines, the heart and soul of the subterranean factory. German producer Unhuman (again, a name that would suit a Black Metal group) gives the track a drive, a target to aim at, an objective larger than itself. He sets the two figures off on a journey to the surface, a trip that I can hear if I listen closely to »Jawbreaker« and »Filthy Goat«. There is hope in the music, but always this throbbing beat they can hear from below – their master reminding them never to forget their purpose and mission. Pained by knowing there is no escape from what they must do, they travel to the world of men to finally enslave every one of them. In the closing track, »Belial«, they have returned in triumph to their king, the fallen angel, to present to him every remaining human soul for him to toy with. If it would have had lyrics, I imagine it would have been in the vicinity of Mayhem’s »Rape Humanity With Pride«.
Pairing Satanism and Techno has proven to be effective, seeing as only insinuating titles and deeply noisy instrumentals can create a diabolic story line within my head. Whatever scares the common man works perfectly for me.