Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Leading off, according to a Brazilian news article (translated by Reddit user fraud_93) Krisiun and their tour-mates, NervoChaos, were arrested by Bangladeshi authorities shortly after arriving in the country for their Asian tour. The charge? Blasphemy. (Yep, we’re gonna do that again.) Ugh.
Ahhhh it is finally mid-May. Which means the annual countdown to Maryland Deathfest is well in place. Of course, the reason MDF has become an annual tradition is because of all the incredible memories from past experiences. And what better way is there to reflect on some of the better moments from America’s premier death metal festival than with this particular piece of content? Let’s start by revisiting the highlights of MDF 2014…
Gothenburg, Sweden’s At the Gates need no introduction. Call them pioneers, call them forefathers, call them innovators – but there are few modern metal bands who haven’t been impacted by at least one of the death metal trailblazers’ albums, whether the avant-garde tech tendencies of their first two albums or the more accessible riff-factory approach of their later works. Simply, they’re one of the most important metal bands of the 90s, and their impact continues to ring true today in their well-received reforming. They’re the kind of band we love analyzing at the various points of their career, and for that reason, they’ve earned a place in this column. Welcome to the Nine Circles Ov… At the Gates. Continue reading →
I found At The Gates in a roundabout way. It was 1998 or 1999, I think, and I was still in high school and living in a shitty little town in South Arkansas. At The Gates was already history by then, having broken up after releasing their landmark achievement, 1995’s melodic death metal masterpiece, Slaughter of The Soul. While I had other European imports like Emperor and In Flames handed to me by friends (and friends’ older brothers/cousins), I heard At The Gates by association, via poking around the other way we found new music: mIRC. Through the bustling community of metal listeners in Dalnet’s #mp3_deathmetal and similar channels, I became acquainted with At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Dissection, and a number of other bands I still love to this day. But, even from that initial first listen, nothing left a mark on me quite the way Slaughter of The Soul did.Continue reading →