CANTO: Tribulation, Pallbearer, 1476, Soulfly, and More


Isn’t it fun when I skip these things for like a month straight?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Receiving the Evcharist: Emperor and The Seeker

Receiving the Evcharist

You idiots miss me? There’s no doubt that I’ve scaled back the contributions to this blog (it’s a life thing), but my contributions to this particular post will still emerge fairly regularly. While I don’t actually care what any of you think (see: the dissolution of my Twitter account), I still enjoy talking and writing about booze and metal. Audience optional. And that brings us here, where I am dabbling in something a little different for me (wine) and something familiar (black metal). So, without further delay… The Metal: Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at DuskThe Booze: The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon. Continue reading

Circle Pit, Vol. VI, June 2016: “What is ‘Good’ Metal?”

nine circles circle pit

This month’s questions came to us from contributor and fallen angel J. Andrew. It reads:

“If you could create a single CD worth of metal that represents what “Great Metal” means to you, what would you put on that CD? Remember, a standard CD is limited to 1 hr and 17 min. Don’t worry too much about covering all types, just be comprehensive enough to cover your definition of quality metal music.”

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CANTO: A brand new Cannibal Corpse tour, updates from Trivium, and more!


I really, really like these shortened weeks I’ve given myself before the end of the year. News time!

Woods of Trees are kind of amazing.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

The Nine Circles ov… Ihsahn

ihsahn photo gervais

Sure, Ihsahn looks a lot like Ricky Gervais with long hair and less of a gut. Sure, his albums can get pretty out there, especially recently. Ihsahn’s solo work is almost entirely bereft of references to Emperor’s work despite that band catapulting his career and garnering loads of praise. But his solo work is experimental, unique and forward-thinking. His musicianship and talent are almost unending. And his career arc has taken a leap into the more sparse style of music that leaves more room for listener interpretation. In that way, he even shares something with the great Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko. So, today, we bring you The nine Circles ov…Ihsahn! Continue reading