Nine Circles ov…”Fixing” The Metal Hammer 40 Best Black Metal Albums…Ever?

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* 8/29 mea culpa: After some robust discussion online I’ve added a new paragraph addressing in part the thorny issue of including “problematic bands” in a list such as this.  Providing proper context is always important, and I failed to do that.  The fault is mine, and I hope the added commentary helps clarify the choices made.

Ah, social media…where would we complain and spit our vitriol over “Best Of” lists if we didn’t have you? Last week’s ire in a buttercup came from Metal Hammer‘s list of “The 40 Best Black Metal Albums Ever” — a post that at its heart really just outlined 40 really good to great albums influential to the genre over the course of three decades. Compiled and with commentary by Dayal Patterson, a man that knows a thing or two about black metal, the article (I’m guessing titled by parent company Louder/Future Pic to generate more clicks — successfully) instead served as fodder for other sites to call out and complain over as well as get the always sensible metal community to froth at the mouth over what was and wasn’t on a list that in all reality serves as a pretty nice introduction to the early evolution of a now expansive and diverse genre.

Well, for this edition of Nine Circles ov…. we show that we’re not above our own cheap commentary, even if it’s at our own expense…   Continue reading

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

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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

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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?”

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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!

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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