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

Frank’s Power Metal Album of January 2018: Lione/Conti – “Lione/Conti”

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It seems like only yesterday we were saying goodbye to 2017 and ushering in a new calendar year. Some went to parties, others got drunk and puked at their local bar. Me — always trying to be different — I was sick at home and fell asleep before the ball dropped. We all had one thing in common; the anticipation of new metal tuneage. Now that we’re at the end of January, I can safely say that most of us are not disappointed thus far. Many blogs, especially this one, have highlighted and reviewed some terrific metal in January. Many of those blogs, however, left power metal out of the equation. That’s where I come in.

I’m gonna be honest, I’m not that great of a reviewer. So instead I decided I wanted to highlight a great power metal record from the past month. I’ve been called a power metal guru by many people so I’m quite confident to gush over an album knowing that others would like it as well. This lovable sub-genre gets verbally beaten up quite a bit and I don’t want to be a part of that. So, it’s all nice words from me. Okay, enough intro yapping from me. Time to reveal my favorite power metal album for January 2018! Continue reading

Blood Red: Hoop-Tober 4.0 – The Final Chapter

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Happy Halloween!  There’s no better time to wrap up my annual Hoop-Tober horror marathon than by re-visiting some old classics and just marveling at how the masters of the genre did it bigger and better all those years ago.  The first two entries in the Friday the 13th series may have done more damage than good in the sheer glut of poor copycat films that came after, but they’re still a rip to watch.  John Carpenter’s original Halloween still stands as a singular achievement in pacing and streamlined storytelling.  Wes Craven brings the horror a gleefully evil personality for the first time in the original and best A Nightmare on Elm Street.  And to this day there is still no terror like the slam of a steel door signalling you’re trapped in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Step inside and let’s end this thing in style…   Continue reading

Blood Red: Hoop-Tober 4.0 – Week Five/Six

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After a week away we’re back with another round up of horror movies as part of the ongoing Hoop-Tober horror marathon.  I won’t lie: I’m way behind on movie watching and reviewing as I hit more doctors and get more fatigued with this diet and medical regimen, but there’s still a quick look at five films, four of which I heartily recommend.  However, that courtesy does not extend to the abysmal and moronic Hostel Part II, which cannot escape the torture porn cliche initiated only a few years before by Eli Roth.  No such issues with stone cold classics The Bride of Frankenstein and Dawn of the Dead, however – it’s good to see films 80 and 40 years old still kick all kinds of ass to this day.  I found a lot to like in the clever and spooky Found Footage 3D, now exclusively on Shudder, and was able to smother myself in nostalgia and warm goodness watching the Hammer hit Brides of Dracula.

Recaps after the break, so let’s sharpen our blades and dig in…   Continue reading

Circle Pit: Albums We Missed, Q3 2017

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Here we are at the end of the third quarter, well really two weeks into the last quarter of the year. But, who’s counting? We missed some things that we wanted to cover around their respective release dates — it happens. As we do from time to time, a few of us got together to share some albums that we feel strongly about and that should garner more of your time as a listener. Whether you decide to set aside some precious time for these is up to you but we love them and hope you feel the same. So without further ado, here’s our picks out of what we didn’t cover but should have… Continue reading