Bloody Tides of Chaos: Tombstalker – “Black Crusades”

Heavy metal and sci-fi/fantasy have long enjoyed the fruits of a mutual friendship, from the early influences of Tolkien on legendary rockers, to the sci-fi and fantasy zine literally called Heavy Metal. This is especially apparent in the numerous cosmic and demonic forces influencing a litany of various extreme metal groups, such as Kentucky’s own Tombstalker.

Released in 2015, Black Crusades chronicles a heretics path to glory with the dulcet tones of some burly fucking death metal. Confused? Let us refer to the Warhammer 40,000 Wiki for clarification on what exactly defines a Black Crusade;

A Black Crusade is a military campaign unleashed upon the Milky Way Galaxy when the Forces of Chaos manage to unite under the leadership of a powerful Champion of Chaos. They then proceed to launch a massive offensive from their base within the great Warp rift called the Eye of Terror against the worlds of the Imperium of Man.

You could write concept albums about Warhammer 40K for the rest of your life and not run out of material. While the 40K universe might get some flack for being exceptionally campy, I love the bloody and far reaching insanity that they throw together.

Tombstalker lean heavily into the faded black t-shirts of their Nordic forebearers, with a blast of trend-shucking brutality that will leave a kink in your neck and the seeds of destruction in your wake. Buzzsaw riffs, methodical mid-tempo pummelling and of course, some hair flailing solos are wrapped up into a neat package, wrapped with a bow of human bowel.

You can check out Black Crusades along with their earliest and newest EP’s at their Bandcamp below.

NOW MY BRETHREN! GO FORTH AND LET THE WORLDS OF THE IMPERIUM RUN WITH THE STINKING BLOOD OF HUMANITY! OFFER THEIR CORPSES AS A TRIBUTE TO YOUR MASTER, KHORNE THE BLOOD GOD!

Or just headbang a bit and call it an early night, your call.

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