Metal Goes Kosher

By: shane.mehling Posted in: listen On: Thursday, March 10th, 2011

After Matisyahu went all hip-hop hasidic, it was time to highlight orthodox Jews who covered some genres that can’t be used for a Sprint commercial. An article entitled “The Secret History of Jewish Metal” from newspaper Forward interviews some bands that are trying to combine discussions of their jewish faith with the heaviest shit you’ve ever heard. Okay, some of it’s kind of folky or industrial and may sound a little System of a Down around the gills. But folks like John Zorn and Mike Patton have embraced what they’re trying to do and there is a surprisingly large swath of influences, including Eyehategod, the Melvins and black metal. And it’s always cool to read an article that has the phrase “a stunningly and unexpected religious artifact” like four sentences away from mentioning Napalm Death.

Check out the sludge with a fiddle live jam from Pitom below and then below that, just because I have a chance, enjoy a live performance from Jewdriver.

  • Metal Israel

    come on dudes,, been hassling Albert Mudrian to give me a writing job for years – we have a huge scene in Israel and of course, a lot of worldwide Jews in the scene, too!!!!!!

  • Metal Israel

    and that’s all you posted?! shit

    you can download the new Gevolt album for free! http:// – check out Orphaned Land’s video for Sapari – … Sonne Adam just got signed by Century Media…there are TONS of Jewish and Israeli bands out there… (and this is punk, but I just love this clip from the defunct YIDCORE – – also, just cause something’s Jewish don’t mean it’s kosher – check out my husband’s defunct band,though, Hasidic metal!!