CANTO: Flotsam and Jetsam, Triptykon/Roadburn, and More

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I hope you assholes voted today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Decibel Magazine and Igorrr Tours, Saying Goodbye to Martin Eric Ain, and More

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10/24/2017. I’m back but still recovering. Let’s do this.

I’m no 9Electric fan, but bringing attention to breast cancer and suicide prevention and awareness gets this video/band props in my book.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Stygian Imagery: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

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I have a very complicated relationship with didactic comics. Sure, nowadays there are a million achingly earnest cartoons circulating on Tumblr instructing the reader in the head-spinning nuances of contemporary identity politics, but the history of using comics to teach is as old as the comics medium itself. For example, in the 20th Century, comics were used to warn military men about the dangers of STDs and to teach children in India how to behave by using hilariously grisly imagery. Didactic comics want you to think learning can be super-fun because comics can be super-fun! But let’s face it–most of these kinds of comics are using a sugary coating to get us to swallow some otherwise unpalatable social engineering pill. Hey, guess what poster-making people? I’ll leave banana peels all over the goddamn place and slip if I want to because I’m grown-ass woman and I do what I want and there is NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.

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Yelphammer, Epistle VIII: Chili’s, Jersey City

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In Which Sweet Torment Taints Tom G. Warrior’s Chili’s Dr. Pepper-Glazed BBQ Ribs Experience… Continue reading

Album Review: Sarke – “Bogefod”

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Remember being a kid and trying to start your first band? Those awkward high school days where your attempts at original songwriting end up sounding like covers of the bands you’re into at the time? I went through that phase in a big way –– and much to my dismay, there weren’t too many kids in my school that wanted to hear contemporary attempts at AC/DC or Maiden. (And they certainly didn’t want to hear it from pudgy, zit-filled kids with long hair.)

Alas, the guys in Oslo’s Sarke have the same problem. A Norwegian black metal supergroup, they’re neither kids, nor particularly new at all this. Yet eight years and three albums in, the band’s never been able to shake their influences from their sound’s blackened sleeves. And unfortunately, that remains the case on their new, fourth album, BogefodContinue reading