Tastemakers: What's Metal Hammer's Alice Pattillo listening to this week?

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Metal Hammer online editor Alice Pattillo on Devil Master’s Satan Spits on Children Of Light.

It’s common for me to have albums or artists from varying genres on the go, from doom metal and sludge, to folk, ’80s pop and psych, so I can flit between depending on my mood. But with Hallowe’en just round the corner, I’m getting into the spirit with a playlist of scary artists.

I was recently in Norway for Midgardsblot festival, and while waiting rather reluctantly for a bus back to civilisation, I met a DJ who worked at Oslo’s Kniven Bar. He introduced me to a Philadelphian band who blend goth rock and ’80s synthesisers with black metal tritones, Darkthrone-esque vocals and thrashy riff age, and it’s nothing short of awesome. To top it all, their name sounds like a nerdy 1980s table-top game: Devil Master. Their latest album title? Satan Spits On Children Of Light.

Speaking of black metal, you might think it’s all about Satan and noise, but it’s actually one of the most interesting and diverse of metal’s more extreme divisions.

It’s also a brilliant gym motivator – black metal gyms, why don’t they exist? My current gym playlist features Primordial’s Celtic-tinged doom, a helping of Asagraum – a fiercely brutal black metal coven of ladies from the Netherlands – and Mork, true Norwegian black metal, old school style.

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