I have to say, Brandon Stosuy's Show No Mercy column at Pitchfork has become one of the most reliably enjoyable online metal reads. We don't often agree about a whole lot (though he seems to like Magrudergrind, of whom I am inordinately fond - how can any human alive not love a band called "Magrudergrind"?); he's very into USBM, about which I don't care much beyond liking Absu, and he's big on Xasthur, about whom I have contracted with myself to not say anything at all if I can't say anything nice. (In fairness to Xasthur, that stuff's fine and all and sometimes even really good, but in the I-also-listen-to-stuff-that's-not-metal world, theres's been an elevation of Xasthur above many as-deserving similarly-minded acts to a sort of "he's-our-kinda-people" status, and it's kinda grating.) But the preceding complaints are a parentheses; Show No Mercy deserves praise for coming off like an online version of a decent A4 zine, one with a coherent vision. I always enjoy reading it, and since it's longer & more detailed than a lot of stuff online, I thought I would mention that people who share my interest in metal ought to take a look at it. Of course, Last Plane to Jakarta reserves the right to say, this time next year, that Show No Mercy was totally better back in the old days, when it routinely denied that USBM was mainly a bunch of MBV fans slumming. We hope that when that day comes, Show No Mercy will take the backlash as all subgenre backlashes ought to be taken, i.e., as an act of pure and selfless love.
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