New Criticals


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“Imagination, the real and eternal world, of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow, and in which we shall live in our eternal or imaginative bodies when these vegetable, mortal bodies are no more.” (Jerusalem: The Emanation of The Giant Albion, William Blake. 1804)

“[Transcendental black metal] is a clearing aside of contingent features and a fresh exploration of the essence of black metal. As such it is solar, hypertrophic, courageous, finite and penultimate.” (Transcendental Black Metal: A vision of Apocalyptic Humanism, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix. 2009)

“It’s [heavy metal music is] symphonic bombast without the intelligence and complexity. That music is so masculine in a really retrograde way. It’s so masculine. I don’t like that at all.” (Robert Christgau interview with NPR’s All Things Considered. 2015)