Welcome back and happy Saturday everyone. I come to you again from the land of Post-Concert Exhaustion. Last night, as of this writing, was the LA stop of the Baroness/Deafheaven co-headlining tour, which yours truly made an appearance at. While the package’s opener left me a little cold (sorry, don’t @ me), Baroness turned me from a casual enjoyer to a full-on convert with their euphoric set, and Deafheaven continue to be head and shoulders above the vast majority of modern metal acts, always in fine form no matter how rigorous their tour schedule may be. The cure for any wretched week usually involves seeing one of my all-time favorite bands live, and I feel like a brand new human being. Of course, if your Saturday is looking glum, you can always throw on our mixtape and dance around the house in your pajamas. That sounds like a good time too. And really, you deserve it.
I may have said this before, but a large part of my life’s journey over the last 20 years has been analyzing what the media we consume says about us. Each of us is obviously more than the sum of what they’ve read, watched, or listened to, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a hell of a lot of those films, books, and albums tied into the bundle of molecules that makes up who were are. Whether it’s that record you heard at your first college party or the movie you remember watching over and over again with your father as a little kid, this seemingly disposable media is anything but…
Especially when you’re not in the most optimal mental or emotional state. That’s when you turn to those things the resonate closest to you, that help you reinforce and re-align your identity with yourself. For years I’ve kept an ever-expanding list of songs and albums under a playlist simply titled “Self Definition.” It’s my lifeline for when the water gets too choppy, for when things seems to fall in on themselves in such a way you feel like you’re buried under a million things that won’t let you breathe, let you be heard. And since the past few weeks have felt like to me, I wanted to take this edition of Nine Circles ov… to share some of those tracks that get me through the dark and remind me in a note or a chord or lyric of who I am. Let’s dive in… Continue reading →
The guys jump into a HUGE week for new releases and share their thoughts on brand-new stuff from Vattnet Viskar, High on Fire and Pale Chalice. Plus, an attempt to understand what the hell’s going on with Morbid Angel anymore, and Dan shares his thoughts on the Bad Religion show he went to in Brooklyn last week!
All that and much, much more in Episode 5, so check it out!
It’s time for Episode 17 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!
We’re into our second and final week of the Great Butterworth Recession of 2014! This time, co-host emeritus Kevin Davis stops by to chat about new albums from Eluveitie and Nachtmystium, laugh at Varg Vikernes for getting banned from eBay, and discuss new developments at his film production company, Visibly Shaken.
All that and much, much more, so check it out!
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