The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Tech Death

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

Well, it’s been a while since I wrote one of these, but now that I have some time to sit down and write, I decided to talk about another genre near and dear to my heart that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention (unless you are Unique Leader Records, which, in that case, they are doing the Lord’s work).

Last time I wrote something for the column, I finished talking about ten genres in metal that I was introduced to, in addition to adding ten more albums for reference. I also hinted at another genre that I love—I have too many of those—that will be discussed.

Also, the last time I wrote something, I was not under quarantine, so please remember to wash your hands.

Well, it’s time.

As many of you know, I have my favorite genres when it comes to my listening preferences, and I tend to not stray far from that path. However, since my early encounter with them, that genre is a comfort, one that I can reach out to when I need it.

Also, fair warning: I know I tend to hyperbolize a lot of things that have happened to me—because humor is the best medicine to dealing with misery—but make no mistake: they still come back to haunt me when I am feeling down.

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The Third Circle of Bandcamp: February 2020 Edition

third circle of Bandcamp headerWell friends, this may be it, with nothing to do but sit at home and listen to tunes while the world dies around us. So for the three of you (or less) who actually listens to these: I salute you, and deliver unto you the soundtrack to our apocalypse. Not much else to say, I just hope there’s still people to write for next month.

Ambient synth and soundscapes from Unreqvited’s latest EP starts us off, and leads seamlessly into Jaern’s stoner doom. Then we crank it up with some excellent tech death courtesy of Xenobiotic, which flows into the intense blackened melodic death of KVAEN. Sons of a Wanted Man follow with wonderful blackgaze chased by the experimental synths and sludgy black metal of Tombs. Speeding it up, we have riffy prog from the new Intronaut, and then we wrap with a couple of atmoblack tracks from Skyforest and Cult of Fire respectively. Continue reading

Chaos Is Me: February 2020

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We’re back with another edition of your favorite screamo column, Chaos is Me, later than I’d like this time but that’s what happens when you lose both your router and modem at the same time and have to live in the pre-internet age for a few days.  Fortunately, all is returned to normal, which is good, because this month we have some very heavy hitters to cover in this column, including an album I’ve been anticipating for literal years.  See how things stack up under the cut.

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The Third Circle of Bandcamp: January 2020 Edition

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Welcome back friends, how is 2020 treating you? Canada is sicking their federal dogs on indigenous protesters and a new coronavirus has infected tens of thousands globally. Are you feeling the doom? I’m feeling the doom. And so is January’s Third Circle.

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Chaos is Me: January 2020

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We’re back with the first official edition of this column in the new year.  2020 is already looking promising for screamo, both in terms of releases as well as recognition.  Heavy music-themed burger establishment Kuma’s Corner’s Indianapolis location announced that their coveted Burger of the Month for February will be an homage to Texan screamo rising stars Portrayal of Guilt, an honor that comes with a fried pork chop and pico de gallo slathered all over it.  Do Portrayal of Guilt deserve most of the credit for this for being the incredible band they are?  Absolutely.  Do I deserve some of the credit for focusing my will on bringing screamo into the wider collective consciousness?

Well, I’m not not saying that.

Pats on the back aside, here is more of the screamo you need in your life.
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