Technically Inclined | Ep. 1: Necrophagist

Woohoo, it’s new segment time! Technically Inclined will be a new jam here on the Audio Thing, devoted primarily to appreciating the oft-overlooked — at least on this blog — genre of technical death metal.

Tech death: Buke’s known and loved it for years; Dan’s neutral and limited in his knowledge of it. And so, Technically Inclined will celebrate the genre by having Sensei Buke educate Padawan Dan on its many intricacies — one album (or in this case, one band) at a time. (Plus, with these goons, you know there’ll be jokes and banter involved. It’s basically written into our contracts at this point.)

So! For our first (and hopefully not only) venture into this world, jump on in and join us for our thoughts on dormant German tech legends NECROPHAGIST!


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Keep it heavy,
Dan

CURSED IMAGERY: The Month in Album Art (January 2021)

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Hey, it’s this thing! Remember this thing? You probably don’t, because as is the case with most of my “contributions” to this site, it’s been more than a year since I did anything with it. Originally, Cursed Imagery was a weekly segment that celebrated (read: shitposted about) ridiculous album covers from across our beloved metal genre. It ran for about six months in 2019, and then promptly died. Until this moment, that is — until its rebirth as a monthly segment that will shitpost about ridiculous album covers from across our beloved metal genre. For as long as I can keep it going, anyway. (All bets are off.)

Anyway, enough words. It’s a new month, so let’s take a look back at the old month. Here are our album cover, er… highlights… for January!

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Chris and Dan count down their Non-Metal Favorites of 2020!

With #BestOf2020 coverage having been fully underway here at Nine Circles for a couple of weeks, it’s time for a bit of a breather. Time to crank down the volume, switch off the HM-2 pedal, and talk some non-metal for a change. If you read Ian’s end-of-year Rainbows in the Dark post and thought to yourself, “boy, I sure would like a two-and-a-half-hour audio version of THAT,” well, reader, have I got the post for you!

A little while back — okay, basically a month back now, because I work in a hospital and doing anything productive when I’m not at work has been a tall order this year — fellow non-metal aficionado Chris Voss and I sat down to talk about our favorite stuff from all the other genres that dropped this year. There’s some shoegaze and some folk, some powerful hip-hop and some super-catchy synth pop. We covered as many bases as we could, for a near Buke-sized amount of time.

So if you, too, need a break from all the heavy stuff, jump on in and check it out. If anything strikes your interest, our full lists are included below the episode audio. Maybe some of the stuff that floated our boats will float yours too!

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BEST OF 2020: Dan’s still here, and [GASP] actually liked some stuff?

Best of 2020

Goddammit.

I wasn’t supposed to be doing any more writing. As I mentioned in last year’s wrap-up post, I don’t particularly care for this medium anymore. But, in case y’all missed it, 2020 was pretty garbage. For roughly 3/4 of the year, I’ve been spending inordinate amounts of energy just to stay afloat — to exist. So even though I vastly prefer the video medium, that shit takes about 3x longer to put together than your garden variety written post, and that’s a 3x increase in energy and effort that I do not have right now, and probably won’t for the foreseeable future.

Still… FUCK. I still don’t really like writing. Or, maybe…

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Blood Red, AUDIO EDITION: Episode 3 — Host (2020) and The Platform (2019)

Someday, we’ll be able to do these horror excursions in a more timely manner. But until then, here’s the good news: we’re sorry!

By way of an apology for our first episode in… almost two months… we jump back in the saddle with a conversation about TWO horror films for your listening, er… pleasure? And guess what? Our resident horror noob, Buke, picked both of them!

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