The Soft Pink Truth
Why Do The Heathen Rage?
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1Invocation for Strength 2:02
2Black Metal 3:14
3Sadomatic Rites 4:02
4Ready to Fuck 4:53
5Satanic Black Devotion 4:11
6Beholding the Throne of Might 4:49
7Let There Be Ebola Frost 5:17
8Buried by Time and Dust 5:22
9Maniac 4:49
10Grim and Frostbitten Gay Bar 1:05

The Soft Pink Truth is the solo alter ego of Drew Daniel, one half of Matmos. Why Do the Heathen Rage? whose subtitle “Electronic Profanations of Black Metal Classics” reveals its agenda as an unrequited love letter to a justly divisive genre. A gleeful queer travesty of black metal’s undying obsession with kvlt authenticity, Why Do the Heathen Rage? is also a formally precise homage executed with a scholar’s obsession. With the guitar chord transcription assistance of Owen Gardner (Teeth Mountain, Horse Lords) and a coven of guest vocalists, including Antony Hegarty and members of Locrian and Wye Oak, Daniel meticulously transposes the riffs, structures and patterns of black metal chestnuts and deep cuts by Darkthrone, Venom, Mayhem, and Sarcofago into house and techno anthems. Cruising camp absurdity by forcing a sticky tryst between the two mutually incongruous early 90s subcultures of rave and black metal, the results are completely addictive.

The Soft Pink Truth was started in 2001 when legendary UK house producer Matthew Herbert challenged Drew to “make a house record,” resulting in the project’s slyly funky debut album Do You Party?, which Herbert released on his own Soundslike Records. Daniel has also produced floor-burning remixes for Bjork, Herbert, Grizzly Bear, Dat Politics and many more under The Soft Pink Truth moniker. Why Do The Heathen Rage? follows his 2004 release Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth?, a collection of electronic interpretations of UK punk and American hardcore songs. As a member of Matmos, Daniel continues to break down established norms of experimental and pop music practice by filtering genres through unique and brilliant conceptual lenses, and has established himself as one of the most individualistic electronic musicians of the past several decades.