Album Review: Eternal Champion — “Ravening Iron”

I don’t need to tell you what this is.  Just look at that gorgeous Ken Kelly artwork, reminiscent of the best of Frank Franzetta (who was Kelly’s uncle, incidentally).  You instantly know, before you hear a riff, that you’re into some epic-scale traditional metal.  It’s something Eternal Champion have been holding the torch for since their inception, and new album Ravening Iron continues to set the template for what bands attempting to make this kind of music should be striving toward. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Mistakes Made on End of Year Lists

Sometimes you make a snap judgement on an album. Sometimes in the heat of the moment with the hype and the accolades you convince yourself this or that record IS deserving of a place on the list. Sometimes that record takes the place of a record you find yourself listening to constantly years later.

It happens. Even when your annual end of year list(s) top out at close to 50 records after all the hemming and hawing is over with. And so for this edition of Nine Circles ov… in preparation of the 2020 end-of-year ranking I look back at my past lists and find nine albums that, frankly, I made a mistake on.
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Nine Circles ov…Metal I Missed During Blood Red

Each year I take a break from writing about metal on this site to regale the 10-12 of you who read Blood Red with reviews on horror films from every corner of the globe.  Different sub-genres, different themes…vastly different modes of execution.

Kinda like metal, no?

Anyway, I’ve managed to vaguely keep up with some of what’s been going on in the extreme metal scene a bit, with different sounds catching my ears when I wasn’t knee-deep in Evil Dead homages and terrible, terrible remakes of mediocre horror films.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I wanted to say a few (very few – I’m tapped at the moment after writing over 16,000 words on horror movies) words on some metal that wasn’t coveted here on the site, but managed to stick in my ears long enough to register as something I dug.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.  Continue reading

Blood Red: Hooptober Se7en – Week Se7ev

Last night we sat and counted the final minutes until the month changed over.  Another one down, and an extra hour to boot.  Small recompense for the lifeless dread I feel as I write these words.  Maybe I watch horror to capture this feeling in a way I can contain, as opposed to the reality which feels much too big to properly grasp and control.  We ultimately use art for our own ends, and though I was looking forward to moving on to other genres now that Hooptober. was ending I find myself wanted to creep back into the dark once more.  

I’m still here, still masked, wondering when I can take the costume off.

Once last time, let’s get to the recaps… Continue reading

Blood Red: Hooptober Se7en – Week Six

The end is fast approaching.  Take that any way you like; but (for now) I mean that we’ve hit 30 of the requisite 31 films at this point in Hooptober.  I’m aiming to complete the bonus two films as well as the final official entry next week, so there’s still one more Blood Red left before we part for another year. 

In the meantime, let’s get to the recaps… Continue reading