In February, Swedish hardcore outfit Broken Cross unleashed its sophomore full-length, Militant Misanthrope, via Apocalyptic Visions, Judas Chair Collective and Psychic Rebellion. The brainchild of one-man riff machine Niklas Holm, Broken Cross‘ apocalyptic vision of hardcore melds together elements of crossover thrash and metallic hardcore, resulting in songs both of a deadly and catchy nature. On Militant Misanthrope, Holm really refines Broken Cross‘ sound and delivers nine tracks of hard-hitting metallic goodness.
We at Svbterranean recently reached out to Holm, who agreed to briefly discuss the lyrical themes behind his newest creation. If you haven’t heard the record yet, or have heard it and wish to be battered all over again, check it out after the break and peep what the Broken Cross mastermind had to say.
A simple noise intro, or a message in Morse code, or maybe both? Who knows.
From a cynical point of view, our species is programmed to destroy itself and the world around us. We search for something beyond our ordinary human, physical world because our lives are clearly not fulfilling enough. Most of us never find anything, as we quickly learn the hard way that over-thinking is self-destructive. We embrace the contradictions, reproduce and move on.
Devil’s Daughters Dance
Originally I wanted the song to be about the tales of succubus and incubus. Instead it turned out to be a song about illusions and dreams in general, with references to Hieronymus Bosch, The Seventh Seal and Kreator, among others. No matter how dull life gets, the world of sleep and dreams will always fascinate.
The Isolation Cult
The world has gotten bigger, and yet, smaller. In any case, it’s polarized and cold. We are more detached from each other than ever before. We breed killers while trying to eliminate them. We condemn cults, not realizing we all live in one. We tell ourselves we are not alone, and we think we’re not. There is no good or evil, just two sides with different views.
In the animal kingdom, lone wolves are typically older wolves driven from the pack for various reasons. Because of their isolation, they tend to be stronger, more aggressive and far more dangerous than the average wolf. I’ve never quite figured out if this applies to humans, as we’re generally more complex as a species. All I know is that there are isolated people out there with nothing left to lose.
Into the Otherworld
Jonestown, Syudan Jisatsu… The subject of mass suicide is an interesting one. What goes on in people’s minds as it occurs? I’m not sure, and I’m not sure I want to find out, but I tried to explore the matter and wrote a song about it. There seems to be a fire burning inside these people that defies all attempts at suppression. Say what you will, but it is indeed fascinating.
As the world burns, we continue to spread the plague with our art. Everything comes at a price, but we might as well have a good time doing it. So let’s celebrate the apocalypse together and have fun while it lasts.
Ancient fire, modern warfare, endless wars. The threat of nuclear war and human-fueled environmental damage is closer than ever before. We ignore the harsh realities of war as long as we can, even when the air we breathe is poisoned.
The Mouth Beyond
We fill ourselves with food, drinks, drugs and possessions. We fill our time with superficial concerns, but our deep hunger remains. As humans, we are born helpless and dependent. Some say that self-control separates us from our ancestors. However, if you think you are in charge of your desires, you need to think again.
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