Kevin Balke is a YouTuber who specialises in providing guitar tablature and posting cover versions until he finds a “real job”.
One of his latest videos caught our eyes and ears on the hottest day of the year. He’s deconstructed the frosty brutality of black metal, and has transformed a handful of menacing tracks into a friendly collection of summery surf rock riffs.
How? By simply switching off his distortion and adding a shuffling beat. It's as easy as that.
In this short video, he expertly picks his way through a number of black metal riffs and renames them for a day at the beach. Think Dick Dale performing Misirlou – yes, that song from Pulp Fiction – in an icy Norwegian wood and you’re almost there.
Wax your board to Emperor’s I am the Wet Wizard (originally titled I am the Black Wizards), then paddle out into the ocean during Mayhem’s Blazing Sun (or Frozen Moon, if you want to be pedantic).
Keep an eye on the perfect breaking wave to the strains of Darkthrone's classic Transilvanian Hunger – pleasingly refashioned as Transilvanian Shores – then shred to Satyricon’s Father South (Mother North smothered with a handful of factor 50, basically) and hit those rolling waves. Really show that barrel who’s the boss, bro.
Gnarly, dude. So pitted. And so on.