Why Do The Heathen Rage?

The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do The Heathen Rage?
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2014 Ratings: #60 / 1038
User Score
Based on 26 ratings
Liked by 2 people
June 16, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
Electronic / Genre
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The Needle Drop
Drew Daniel of Matmos embarks upon some truly unforseen black metal covers on this latest album of his under the Soft Pink Truth name.

So, let's start by saying that the concept of this album is actually a stroke (no pun intended) of genius: violating one of the most untouchable genres out there: black metal.

Drew Daniel of Matmos decomposes black metal songs and recompose them under the filter of electronica. The result is surely to be applauded for the courage alone: transforming black metal into some kind of gay electronica is weird but I'd say true to the transgressive essence of the genre.

What I didn't like is the fact ... read more


The objective of the artist to fuse left-field techno house with black metal is one that should have remained within the confines of the imagination of Drew Daniel.


A putrid and nasty collection of black-metal songs rearranged to pop and electronic versions. In fact an interesting idea, had it not ended up sounding as amateurish and unfocused. Either way, The Soft Pink Truth stands out for the relentless courage and will. In the end, some of the versions still remain pretty fun and uncompromising.

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Track List

  1. Invocation for Strength
  2. Black Metal 
  3. Sadomatic Rites
  4. Ready to Fuck
  5. Satanic Black Devotion 
  6. Beholding the Throne of Might
  7. Let There Be Ebola Frost
  8. Buried by Time and Dust
  9. Maniac
  10. Grim and Frostbitten Gay Bar

Year End Lists

#43/Tiny Mix Tapes
#81/The Quietus
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Added on: June 6, 2014