The Classical Series, vol. 3: Classical Sampling and Influences in Rock and Metal Music

At first, it may seem a bit difficult to find a link between the “harshness” of rock and metal music and the stereotypical “soothing” sounds of classical music - yet the similarity could not have been any more prominent, with the presence of classical sampling in many rock songs, the emergence of neo-classical metal bands, and guitar solos and riffs that somewhat imitate symphonies.

Lizzo’s “Juice” and A Newfound Autonomy

I got one of the best advice I’ve ever got just recently, from a conversation with a friend: You have the right to not give permission to other people to make you feel bad. I thought of this advice while I was listening to Lizzo’s “Juice,” one of 2019’s best releases so far. Through a hypnotically danceable song about self-confidence and self-acceptance, “Juice” is the soundtrack to my newfound autonomy.

Tunes from Southern Lord Records: A Playlist

Southern Lord is a record label founded in the US in 1998 by Greg Anderson of Goatsnake fame. It is notable of releasing groundbreaking albums under a wide spectre of genres ranging from black metal, doom, extreme metal, to hardcore punk. Initially, the label intended to specialize in the experimental metal scene, precisely revolving around doom metal, stoner rock, and drone metal subgenres, but the label then expanded in variety and included artists from the black metal, hardcore punk, and crust punk subgenres as their rosters. Some of the most notable artists on the label include Sunn O))), Sleep, Pelican, Earth, and Goatsnake. This playlist is contributor Ralka Skjerseth’s personal selection of some of the finest tunes from the label.