CANTO: Trap Them, Blackdeath Fest II, Epica, and more

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“In the name of diabolical oligarchy. In the kingdom of demise rules supremacy. Solipsistic crowned nobility. Stern reigning gunboat diplomacy.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Nine Circles ov… Russia!

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If you’ve been wondering (and I’m sure you have, attentive reader) why I tend to cover older releases instead of the latest and hottest promos, it’s because I prefer to spend a lot of time with a band or record before I form an opinion on it. Simply put, I prefer knowing one artist’s discography through and through to listening to ten CDs by different respective bands.

This list of personal favourites from Russia illustrates just that. It may not offer the most diverse, all-encompassing collection of bands from the country, but every band that’s on there is one I can recommend wholeheartedly. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Arkona – “Zov pustyh dereven'”

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With 2014’s Yav, Arkona fully projected themselves onto my pagan metal radar screen. Even though they’d cranked out some seven studio albums since 2004, it somehow took ’em until last year to really leave an impression on me. With instrumental diversity and impressive vocal work from Masha Scream, Arkona offer a unique take on a genre that can tend to lack exactly that. As a result, the positive reception of Yav was very much deserved. And now, with the new music video for “Zov pustyh dereven’,” we can finally combine Yav’s sound with imagery.

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Daily Bang: Corey’s Top 25 Albums of 2014

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Not one to miss out on another chance to share ‘The Best of 2014’, get excited to see a complete rundown of all the albums that made it into my Top 25 in a straightforward, easy to read list. That’s right. No reviews, no write-ups… just the list. Quick note, the Top 10 is ordered, the honorable mentions are not. So, without further delay, here they are…

– TOP FOUR –

Behemoth – The Satanist

Sólstafir – Ótta

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity

– REMAINING TOP 10 –

Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

Saor – Aura

Arkona – Yav

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

Enthroned – Sovereigns

– HONORABLE MENTIONS – 

Fen – Carrion Skies

Demonic Resurrection – The Demon King

Panopticon – Roads to the North

Novembers Doom – Bled White

Anathema – Distant Satellites

Vallenfyre – Splinters

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

Alraune – The Process of Self-Immolation 

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum 

Devin Townsend – 

Eyehategod – Eyehategod

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

And there you have it! Everything we’ve talked about and reviewed over the past few weeks on both the blog and in our podcast is right here. Yes, I am aware this was promised to you yesterday. Unfortunately some lingering holiday obligations after work prevented me from getting this done yesterday evening. Deal with it. And on that note, I think, just maybe, 2014 is officially a wrap…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Best of 2014 – Corey’s Honorable Mentions, Part 1

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As you all know by now, we’ve been discussing our favorite albums from 2014 on the podcast for each of the last two episodes, and will round off the year with our Final Fours on this week’s episode (!!!) Personally, I can go better than just four; I’ve managed to compile a Top 10 list of albums that have really caught my attention this year. I didn’t rank these in any particular order, aside from the aforementioned Final Four, but I’ve already discussed six of them on the podcast—Agalloch, Enthroned, Saor, Allegaeon, Arkona and Insomnium.

However, there were obviously more than 10 albums that I enjoyed this year. We’ve been treated to a lot of wonderful new music that is worthy of a second mention. This is where my blog content for the week comes in. My three blurbs a day this week will represent 15 ‘Honorable Mentions’ from 2014—all of them certainly worth revisiting, even if they ended up on the wrong side of the top 10 bubble. So, shall we begin?

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