CANTO: Nergal, Tool, A Pale Horse Named Death, and More!

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1/30/2018. The SOTU is tonight. Let’s all avoid that and drink instead, shall we?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 5 (8.22.2017)

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Happy Tuesday, Metal Internet World. Yes, I realize this most recent edition of The Nine Circles Playlist is coming at you a day late and a dollar short, but there’s a very good reason for that. Well, actually, I guess not really. I was camping all weekend and Sunday night found me preparing for a 19 mile day of hiking and climbing in the White Mountains. So yeah, this fell down the pecking order. Regardless! We have 17 delicious tracks from all over the map for you to enjoy on this fine morning. If you want to check out our old playlists, I encourage you jump on our YouTube channel here. Otherwise, do that thing where you press play after the jump. Continue reading

Retrospective: A Pale Horse Named Death – “Lay My Soul to Waste”

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One of my favorite album purchases of the last two years may not be what most would expect. Risen from the ashes left by Type O Negative, we have ourselves a project that may be a bit under-appreciated in A Pale Horse Named Death. Formed by Sal Abruscato, the ex-drummer of the aforementioned Type O, this young project has only seen the release of two albums since 2011. The most recent of these is Lay My Soul to Waste, and it’s one that I will be fond of for quite some time.

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Retrospective: Type O Negative’s ‘Bloody Kisses’

Welcome to midweek, everyone. Now, as you are all aware at this point, in every episode of the Horns Up Podcast, Dan and I like to take a moment to pay homage to a critical album in our libraries that we had revisited in the previous week. Going forward, that reflection will now be shared on The Horns Up Blog. This will save us time in the podcast and hopefully allow you all to get through the damn thing each week without losing interest.

So, now that we’ve covered the briefing, we can continue with the real content. This week’s retrospective in none other than:

Type O Negative’s Bloody Kisses

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Type O’s third release came out way in August of 1993 and ended up being their final album with all original members. What’s kinda cool about it is the fact that it was the first album on Roadrunner to reach platinum sales certification. A platinum record…not a term that gets tossed around all that frequently anymore.

But enough of the generic facts. This album is a must-have (or at least must-listen). It would certainly fall into the gothic/doom category but Peter Steele brings out so much more than that on this album. We know the classics like ‘Christian Woman’ and ‘Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)’ which I guess you could say fall into that doom-y, despair-driven, sound. But what gets me on this album is how they mix it up in ‘Kill All The White People’ and ‘We Hate Everyone’. These tracks completely change the tempo and stylistic theme of the album. Oh, and ‘Set Me On Fire’ may as well be garage rock from 50 years ago. Seriously, they do so much on this album and Peter Steele’s voice is just perfect for it.

Some back story: Aside from a few tracks here and there and hearing the current members in A Pale Horse Named Death (who also kicks ass), I didn’t have a ton of Type O in my musical spectrum. Well, until Wacken 2014, that is. Now, each night at the festival, a movie would show on the infield before the first main stage infield opened up. Each of these movies contained footage from past Wacken performances–for example, I watched Dio’s set from 2004 my first night there. On the third night, my friends from Trinidad that I had met on the Metal Train encouraged me to join them for the screening of Type O’s 2007 performance. Needless to say, I was extremely intrigued and made a mental note that I absolutely needed to own Bloody Kisses after seeing three tracks from the album in this performance. It was amazing. Just one more good thing Wacken has brought to my life. Sigh.

Anyway, here’s the album. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. You won’t be sorry. It’s quite an experience.

 “Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Stage Dive: Which Wacken Band Name Holds The Most Potential?

Well, a week from today I will be arriving at the Wacken Open Air festival grounds embarking on a metal adventure of a lifetime. That in mind, this will be my final Stage Dive until I return to the States two weeks from this coming Sunday. As you’ve noticed, I’ve casually mentioned this once or twice over the past week (fine, maybe more). Sticking to that trend, I pose this question to you:

BASED ON NAME ALONE, WHICH BAND SHOULD I BE MOST EXCITED FOR AT W.O.A. 2014?

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I really do want your opinion here, because there are a lot of bands. I’m attempting to avoid bias and am discounting all knowledge of the bands I already know. For example, there are great bands with great names. Take Demonic Resurrection, Fleshgod Apocalyse, and A Pale Horse Named Death. Needless to say, those names are right up there. Conversely, you have bad bands with decent names (I guess), like Omnia or Heaven Shall Burn. Although, to be fair, these artists both entertain me on some level. Need evidence? Here. Finally you have the mysteries in Plague Throat and Excrementory Grindfuckers. So, which of these 120+ names has tickled my curiosity the most? That would be

Nachtgeschrei.

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Really, the only thing I know about this band is the name. And the name is awesome. Let me explain. For one, it’s in German. So major props for that. Duh. Secondly, the translation. ‘Nacht’ refers to ‘night’. ‘Geschrei’ means ‘shouts’. So to me, this translates to roughly ‘Night Shouter’ which could also be interpreted as ‘Shouting Night’ or basically anything to that effect. For the assholes, here’s your translator. So, that’s kinda awesome. It screams black metal to me. An unknown band that I loosely translate their invented term of a name to something that sounds like it could be a black metal band name… takes the cake. And any statistician would hate how I came to that conclusion. Sorry.

Honorable mentions go out to Elmsfeuer and Ax’ N Sex. FYI, for those that were around for our MDF week here at Horns Up, you saw a similar Stage Dive then. So, here’s round two. I know most of you (or all) won’t be joining me – and if you are, fuckin’ hit me up, yo! – but your input is still very much desired here because there are some righteous names. Alright, that’ll wrap things up. Later, everyone.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.