Column: The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell

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Everyone has an album that they fondly remember as their first foray into metal, one that makes us feel nostalgic from time to time. Years later, after the countless albums and concerts one has gone to and listened to, we still remember our first, and we tend to defend it when someone talks shit about it. This led to the idea of exploring gateway albums, who or what introduced us to it, and how we came to love metal as our genre of choice.

After all, metal is one of those genres you get introduced to when you are old enough to make your own choices and you start rebelling against your parents. Thus we begin a new journey with our friend Hera so dive in and stay tuned for more chapters in this story. Continue reading

Best of 2017: Hera’s List – Woes of Research

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We’re stoked to feature Hera Vidal, purveyor of all things heavy and writer/deep metal researcher for sites like Broken Amp and Metal Bandcamp here as a featured guest presenting her Top Albums of 2017.  Hopefully we’ll see her pop up here again in 2018.  Until then, take it away, Hera! 

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2017 was a fantastic year for metal. However, this means that I now have another pile of albums to look into that I probably missed. The struggle to keep up with releases is real, you guys.

Anyway, it’s list season!

Now, there is some criteria for me to decide my top albums of the year, and they usually revolve around one key factor: I have not written about them, whether they are planned drafts or have been published elsewhere. That means albums like E, Berdreyminn, and Codex Omega – which I enjoyed – and a bunch of black metal albums are not going to be on this list.

With that in mind, here is a list of 10 albums I enjoyed in 2017. If you think I missed one, please let me know via Twitter and/or any way you can get ahold of me.   Continue reading

Best of 2017: Cole’s List

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Many of you know Cole from Twitter (@KVLTland) or maybe you know him from his Columbus Scene Report, but either way he’s back with his picks of 2017. In lieu of a list he decided to go the video route, and he’s wearing a killer shirt, so without further ado here’s Cole…

With 2017 being a salty, wretched year as far as social norms go, the year did however provide us with a light from heaven (or hell) in the music department. Being granted the ability to transport myself outside my city, I was able to go to shows to see some of my favorite bands in the city of Atlanta, GA. With one show in particular as an honorable mention in my video, this year has brought me closer to metal than any year of my life, which is a HUGE win. If you enjoyed my EOY List For 2017, don’t forget to hit the “Like” button and subscribe to my channel for future content. Continue reading

Interview: Chepang on New Album Dadhelo, Recording and Upcoming Shows

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Chepang are a US based “immigrant core” band. I first heard them last year, when they released their EP, Lathi Charge. This impressive debut release was hailed by webzines around the world. The band released their first full length album, Dadhelo, last week. The album is a more complex and intense listen compared to Lathi Charge and after multiple listens, I can tell you that it is not your run of the mill grindcore release. I spoke to guitarist Kshitiz Moktan aka Grandmaster Bhudey about Dadhelo, recording the album and their upcoming shows. Continue reading