Column: The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

Last month, I discussed my penchant for symphonic metal and how its fandom eventually led me to listen to it with a lot of caution. Now, the three albums I chose for that segment weren’t my first gateway albums, but are three that remain close to my heart and are underappreciated by a lot of listeners. Anyway, for this chapter of the column – and for the sake of a timeline – I decided to talk about a subgenre that has remained controversial despite the claims of apolitical affiliations and people making terrible decisions.

It’s time we talk about black metal. Continue reading

Circle Pit: Albums We Missed, Q1 2018

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From time to time we all get together as a team and discuss some of our favorite albums we missed covering at release time. Whether due to time slipping away from us or whatever the case may be, we miss them. Well, now that we’ve just passed the end of March, we are proud to bring you some overlooked highlights from the first quarter. So, without further delay, let’s jump right into it. Albums we missed in Q1 2018. Here. We. Go. Continue reading

Column: The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

Last month, I discussed the three albums that led me on the way to become a metalhead after I decided to find the heaviest matter of the universe. Those three albums became the springboard that would eventually lead me to the kind of music I would enjoy now as an adult. Because my subgenre of choice was symphonic metal for a good portion of my teenage years, it became a springboard of sorts into other genres that I would end up enjoying as well. However, before we get there, I decided to backtrack into this subgenre that I have revisited with caution since I stopped being involved in its fandom in 2014. Continue reading

Angst and Loss In Translation: The Lyricism of Sinistro – “Sangue Cassia”

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Despite the prevalence of translated material across the world, things, like the nuances and imagery of the native language, get lost in translation. However, this hasn’t stopped professional translators from doing their jobs, whether it is to translate to a room full of people or translating books into English and vice versa. Such is the case with Sangue CassiaSinistro’s most recent effort – an album filled with nuances and imagery whose story may be lost in translation.

Full disclaimer: I do not speak Portuguese. My translation and interpretation skills lie in switching between Spanish and English. Despite this, I couldn’t help but be enamored of the idea of being able to translate the lyrics and understand them in context – or at least, try to understand them in context (after all, Spanish and Portuguese are language cousins). Due to this, my translation and interpretations may be incorrect, so please take them with a grain of salt. Continue reading

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