Blood Red: The Girl With All the Gifts, Under the Shadow, & Phantasm: Remastered

Little known fact about me: before taking up the call to metal for Nine Circles, I used to write about movies. A lot. Since 2005 I wrote film reviews for various blogs and sites, and for the past three years have been participating in a massive horror marathon over on Letterboxed called Hoop-tober, where under a strict set of guidelines around what you could watch hundreds of horror fans would attempt to watch and review 31 horror films in 31 days (you can see my picks for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and if you love horror, I encourage you to give it a shot).  So when our Stalwart Editor™ asked if I was interested in doing some type of horror column I jumped at the chance. With so many streaming options and even some services dedicated to curating horror there’s a lot to wade through, so each month I’ll be spending some words talking about new releases, streaming picks, and some of my favorite classics, cult or otherwise.

We’ll play around a bit with format, but for today I want to talk about a trio of films definitely worth a watch and readily available for your discerning eye: The Girl with All the Gifts, Under the Shadow, and the remastered classic Phantasm.   Continue reading

How Not To Do It – Don’t Switch Publicists

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This band did not follow the arrow.

Hey everyone, long time no talk! It’s been a few months since I last posted anything here, but I am back and will (hopefully) be back on my once a month posting schedule. This month I want to talk about something that recently happened to me that I had previously never experienced: I got hired back in October to run a 1 month campaign for a group that was releasing their first album in a few years. The release date was only a few weeks away, but I was confident I could run a good campaign in that time period, due to the quality of the material. Continue reading

The Brewsome Details: Meg Evans, James Evans, and PGH Brewtal Beer Fest

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Metal and Beer are a match made in Heaven (or Hell, whatever). People do enjoy beer that do not enjoy metal and vice versa. You can enjoy one without the other, but putting them together makes everything else in life better (See the Receiving the Eucharist articles my Nine Circles brethren have been doing). So I was elated when I heard that Meg and James Evans were putting together a metal and beer fest called PGH Brewtal Beer Fest. Meg is the head brewer for Pittsburgh’s Rock Bottom and James brews for Spoonwood Brewing Company. Even though they are busy organizing the fest, headbanging, and making beer, Meg and James agreed to take the time to answer some questions, see what they had to say after the jump. Continue reading

How Not to Do It: An Interview with Matt Bacon of Dropout Media

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Hello again,

For this month’s installment of “How Not to Do It” I’ve decided to do another interview with someone in the industry. This time, I decided to speak with someone who is involved more on the management end of things-Matt Bacon of Dropout Media. Enjoy the interview and contact Matt if you have any further questions about what he does. Continue reading

Manny’s Magical Genre Guide: Black Metal

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Iconic photo from the basement of Euronymous’s record shop Helvete located in Norway. The basement housed his independent record label “Deathlike Silence Productions”

Directly from the depths of hellish, white teen angst was born the fiery brand of metal known simply as “black metal.” Exactly who coined the term first and which band used it properly is up for debate. What isn’t up for debate is how pervasive the genre has been in extreme metal since the early 1980s. While developing mostly in Scandinavia the movement has eventually spread into Europe proper, Asia, the Balkans and the Americas—becoming a global phenomenon. Associated with black metal are plenty of non-musical elements including the legendary use of corpse paint, stage names and extreme secrecy as well as some illegal activities such as church burning, violent assault and murder. It should be noted that while plenty of black metal has been heavily criticized for its white power, Nazi-like lyrics and penchant for hate (more on that later) that doesn’t define the genre nor limit the thematic leanings. Continue reading