The blood of the eel is poisonous to humans just as the music of Kommandant can be fatal to your ear drums. This atmospheric music is progressively cold and impartial. A surgical onslaught of brutalizing self-expression.

Kommandant is a band that has always fascinated me. Established in Chicago back in 2005, the extreme metal style of the group is nothing new but the message they are spreading definitely is.

Propaganda can be defined as any movement to propagate a practice or ideology. ‘80s metal is dying and the satanic metal of the ‘90s has lost its bite. Black metal has splintered itself into hilarity and metalcore is something that we never really took seriously to begin with. So what’s left in a media thirsty world that has seemingly seen it all?

Understanding and the knowledge that things aren’t always what they appear to be. We aren’t always looking into a mirror, sometimes the mirror is a facade. As we start to question the world’s new political landscape, the gas masks and combat boots of Kommandant become the harsh reality we are afraid to encounter. The faceless enemy of this new age is mankind itself.

This is a complex mentality for any musical act let alone one which plays to extremity but it somehow seems fitting. I’ve always thought that style not sound would usher in the next stage of metal’s evolution and now it appears I’m right.

The blood of the eel is poisonous to humans just as the music of Kommandant can be fatal to your ear drums. This atmospheric music is progressively cold and impartial. A surgical onslaught of brutalizing self-expression. Highlight tracks for me are: “Blood Eel”, “Ice Giant”, “Cimmerian Thrust” and “Moon…The Last Man”.

The time is now to embrace the next chapter of modern metal. Check out Kommandant’s Blood Eel and let their noxious message infect you! \m/

Kommandant are:

  • Pat ‘Noctis’ McCormick – Bass
  • David Swanson – Drums
  • Jim Bresnahan – Guitars
  • Nick Morgan – Guitars
  • Marcin Widel – Vocals
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