Concert Review: Couch Slut at Saint Vitus Bar (June 9, 2016)

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On a particularly cool June evening, I headed to Greenpoint’s metal mecca, Saint Vitus Bar, to catch a pretty stacked bill for Northside Festival (this show presented by Noisey): Yellow Eyes, Couch Slut, Tombs and Dälek. The highlight of the bill, and the reason for my attendance was Couch Slut. So, despite three other brilliant performances by bands you should support, give money to, go see and generally praise by thinking about them as you drift off to sleep, we will cover Couch Slut’s set in this review. And, if you’re wondering, my night started off at Tommy’s Tavern where Miller High Life is both affordable and cold. So, the words that follow are heavily influenced by that experience.

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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 46


The guys talk recent news from Wax IdolsKing Woman and Corrosion of Conformity, then Dan launches into not one, but TWO concert reviews! From TWO nights in a row! It’s like 2015 all over again! Plus, new albums from Sarabante and Astronoid.

All that and much, much more in Episode 46, so check it out!

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Initial Descent: April 22, 2016

Goddammit. This is the first time in I don’t know how long that I actually get to write this post the Thursday evening before it runs, rather than hastily cobbling it together the morning of. And I can’t even feel happy about that because we lost Prince today and all I wanna do is listen to Purple Rain and Sign O’ The Times. Is there metal coming out this week? I don’t even know anymore.

Okay, that’s a lie. There’s some. Aborted has a new album out. There’s also some hip-hop being released on a metal label —otherwise known as Dälek‘s new album, Asphalt for Eden, which is coming out on Profound Lore. So dive on in and take a look. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 22:
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Album Review: dälek – “Asphalt for Eden”


Okay, let’s get a few things out of the way here from the get-go. First off: hip-hop cred. As a white boy from the South, I have none. I like what I like in the world of hip-hop and the rest I basically ignore. Come to think of it, that’s exactly how I choose and listen to music of any genre. So if you’re concerned about any of that, there it is. Take my opinion on this record however you will.

Moving on to point two: apparently there have a been a few folks who have gotten their undergarments in a twist over the fact that dälek (pronounced “dialeck”) are releasing this new album on Profound Lore, a label known mostly for their metal output. Sorry to break it to y’all, but clearly you don’t know much about these guys if this is enough to ruffle your tender BRVTAL feathers. dälek spent a lot of time on Ipecac and also released a compilation/rarities album via Hydra Head. I doubt they give much of a damn what you think about where/how they put out their music. Continue reading