In this house we respect Pallbearer. Pallbearer is one of our favorite bands that we have enjoyed since their debut. When we saw that the Nine Circles inbox was blessed with the latest from the band, Forgotten Days, we decided to co-author a review instead of fighting each other to the death for who would do the honor. We decided to sit down and listen to the album and write this review together as a singular cohesive piece.Continue reading
Where men have failed to carry the melodic vocal load, women have aptly stepped in to show them the path. Bands like Ides of Gemini, King Woman, Myrkur and The Wounded Kings have shown that women are not only equally capable of fronting melodic metal acts but are often more effective than their male counterparts when it comes to stoner and doom metal. Gone are the days of men singing like Brad Delp of Boston or John Spinks (RIP to both) of The Outfield. Why have a man stretch his vocal range to the limit when a woman can provide a fuller experience at the upper registers? In support of that theory, Mandy Andresen, front-woman for Australian doom metallers The Slow Death (also of Crone and Murkrat) provides an absolutely stunning performance on the band’s third full-length, Ark.
Well, this is it, everybody: the last of my Honorable Mentions for 2014. I hope you enjoyed the ride that has consumed the week. Just a reminder, my Top 10 albums of the year are all podcast-exclusive. You’ve already heard six of them–three apiece in each of the last two podcast episodes—but finally, at long last, the Top Four will be released later today in Episode 33.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There are three other albums I’d like to discuss first…