We’ve spoken at length here at Blunt Magazine about the increasing rate at which far-right extremist ideology has begun infiltrating the alternative subculture. Indeed, when you look at the thriving white nationalist movement within the heavy music sphere, reporting on it starts to feel a lot like bashing your head against a wall. So when we find a band who isn’t just not racist but anti-racist, not just not fascist but anti-fascist, you bet we’re going to grab onto that with the intensity of a thousand suns. And with that gee-up, we point you towards Sydney five-piece, the aptly named Burn In Hell.
Burn In Hell have been around for a minute, releasing their rough-and-tumble debut Humanity Plague back in 2018. With the anticipated follow-up, Disavowal of the Creator God, Burn In Hell have made the deliberate effort to point their collective finger directly at racists, neo-Nazis, and far-right hate groups, as they menacingly drag it across their throats. Indeed, the forthcoming release, due out on Friday the 6th of August, isn’t just made up of hapless cries of, “Hey hey, here here, we want no more Nazi’s here.” No, no, no. From what we’ve seen of Disavowal of the Creator God thus far, it’s more akin to beating in the head of white supremacy with a brick, drowning out its gargled screams with an impregnable wall of metallic hardcore.
So far, we’ve heard two tracks: ‘Bleach’ and the recent ‘Cathedral’, both brutal yet cerebral discussions around social injustice that aren’t merely heckling from the back of the class, but putting forward carefully thought out conversational points. Indeed, this isn’t a band that minces words, per the below quote from vocalist Marcus Tamp.
“Growing up in the church you’re somewhat blinded and brainwashed to the true oppressive nature that comes from the governing bodies which trickles down to the local Christian communities. Over the past few decades, the majority of our countries Prime Ministers have identified as Christian and have brought their Christian ‘values and morals’ with them, further intertwining religion and state. A lot of this record focuses on the hypocrisy and disgusting postures held by the leaders of the corporate church and this country, and how we continuously build oppressive systems to further the divide making gender, queer and racial liberation almost impossible.
“Our last record focused a lot more on a personal discourse we had with social issues and people abusing their power to hurt or gain power over others. This record is definitely a broader and more mature snapshot of the rage and hatred that fuels this band.”
For those who have been following Burn In Hell since their inception, the subject matter of Disavowal of the Creator God should come as no surprise. While their previous outing may not have been so specifically angled towards the existential threat the rise of far-right extremism plays to our souls, Humanity Plague was highly politically and socially charged. Pre-orders for Disavowal of the Creator God are running via Bandcamp, giving us a glimpse at other tracks with titles that hint that we haven’t even heard the most brutal of the forthcoming release yet.
In the meantime, check out ‘Cathedral’ below.