Chaos is Me: June 2020

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I’m pretty horrible at introducing things to be honest.  I never know how to start these columns in a way that gets people’s attention.  So lets try this:

Screamo is punk.  Punk is protest music.  It inherently places itself against the white supremacist capitalist status quo.  If you take issue with this, don’t call yourself a punk.

Black Lives Matter.  Today, yesterday, and forever.

Here’s some music.

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The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Neoclassical Metal

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

It’s been a while since I wrote something for the column, but I have been doing a lot of work and studying behind the scenes, which explains why there hasn’t been a lot of music writing lately. However, now that I have some time before grad school restarts, I can start talking about music again.

Blessed be thy gods.

For this episode of the column, I wanted to talk about a genre that combines both my love for classical (read: orchestral) music and metal, as I spend a lot of time listening to both genres. While symphonic metal tends to focus more on the vocal and operatic aspects of what we consider classical music to be, we tend to talk about instruments and instrumentation in accordance to their sound in a specific genre or in how they add texture to a song.

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The Third Circle of Bandcamp: May 2020 Edition

third circle of Bandcamp headerACAB. Black Lives Matter. Transphobes can DIAF.

What, you don’t come here for the politics? Too fuckin’ bad. This is my house. Two things make me happy: people in the streets, and music. I can’t be in the streets due to health reasons, but I can sure as shit find and share music. So that’s what I’m doing.

Why link those two things together? Because tomorrow Bandcamp is donating 100% of their cut to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. So go buy some tunes. Buy lots of tunes. Because if there’s one thing I know, it’s that cops are throwing Black people in jail during these protests, and they’re going to need lawyers. So make with the buying.

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Chaos is Me: May 2020

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Welcome to another edition of Chaos is Me. May brought us some of the best screamo this year has seen yet. If you don’t know, take a look under the cut.

And as they say: dance tonight, revolution tomorrow.

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Blood Red, AUDIO EDITION: Episode 1 – “Blood Quantum” (2019)

Is COVID still a thing? COVID must still be a thing, because we’re all bored out of our minds in quarantine. But that’s okay, because that boredom has brought us here: to the debut aural edition of the Blood Red column here on the Nine Circles Audio Thing!

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