Here’s Thompson, writing for ESPN’s Page 2 on Sept. 12, 2001:
The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.
It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy.
These chickens are completely black: not just the feathers, but the skin, the bones, the organs, etc. SO METAL!
Slow Southern Steel is a film about heavy music in the modern American
South, as told by the very people who have created this music during
the last two decades. Shot in back alleys, parking lots, and the seedy
green rooms of the dirtiest clubs that the Bible Belt failed to snuff out,
these diehard musicians discuss their love of music and the south, as
well as the difficulties, contradictions, and insanity that haunt every
southern artist. There are no illusions here, no apologies,
no distractions - only the straight truth as told by those who would
know the difference. Narrated by the notorious Dixie Dave Collins
(Weedeater, Buzzov-en, Bongzilla), Slow Southern Steel is an
authentic and honest and thorough look at one of the most
remarkable music communities ever spawned on the continent.
Starring Hank III, Kylesa, Eyehategod, Torche, Dark Castle, Sourvein, Zoroaster, A Hanging, Haarp, Hawg Jaw, Black Skies, Ketea, Parasytic, Beaten Back to Pure, ASG, The Roller, Dixie Witch, Weedeater, Royal Thunder and many many more.
NOLA: Life, Death and Heavy Blues from the Bayou, The series premieres Tuesday, September 16, and will debut a new episode every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter until it comes to a conclusion on October 7.
Noisey is proud to present NOLA: Life, Death and Heavy Blues from the Bayou, a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like DOWN, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Goatwhore and many others. From the crawfish-littered tables of the secluded Anselmo compound to a fishing boat with Eyehategod in the swamps, we’ll discuss the bands, Hurricane Katrina, drugs, suicide, murder, and records that helped shape the New Orleans sound known the world over.