The Nine Circles ov… Ihsahn

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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

Quickies: News from AC/DC, Emperor, and King Diamond. Can you dig it?

I’m more excited about the start of the NHL season than the MLB playoffs. I’m willing to bet most metalheads would agree. Especially in these parts.

That little guy is called ‘Predators’. Neat.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up. 

Sunday Side-Splitter: Night Sweats

Hello, friends, hope the hangovers are treating you well on this fine Sunday! I strangely don’t have one, despite a full day of drunken soccer-watching at Red Bull Arena yesterday–hooray for copious amounts of water consumption, I guess! Anyway, to help you through yours, here’s a new Sunday Side-Splitter to digest with your bacon and eggs–Ryan Adams’ “Night Sweats.” Check it out:

Take a second to think about what you just watched: an intentionally-low-budget-looking production (seriously, this could be a regular Tim and Eric segment if it wanted to be) of a fake metal video show, co-hosted by a model dressed in corpse paint playing a character called Balthazar. Pretty amusing in and of itself, no?

But when you factor in the source, it’s hard not to appreciate “Night Sweats” even more. Ryan Adams, as some of you probably know, is primarily an alt-country performer, and a pretty good one at that. But he’s never been shy about his appreciation for rock music, either. In addition to his country output, he’s released several records with varying degrees of heaviness over the years, on top of terrific acoustic cover of Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years.” And as “Night Sweats” shows us, he’s got a pretty strong knowledge of even heavier stuff, too–name-dropping bands like Emperor, Satyricon and Darkthrone in his playlist. (And, at one point, jokingly calling the latter “dad-rock” and suggesting they open for Train–which actually works out more amusingly than you’d think.)

All in all, “Night Sweats” is a terrific way to kill five-and-a-half minutes, and should earn Adams a horns up or two in everyone’s book. Queue it up, and enjoy the hangover!

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Throwback Thursday: July 17, 2014

Welcome to Thirstday everyone! For those unaware, this will be my last Throwback until I return beaten and battered from Wacken Open Air 2014. In honor of that (and all other Daily ‘Bangs of mine going forward), this Throwback will be a tribute to a performance I am very much looking forward to in the coming weeks. As I may have mentioned, the mighty Emperor will be playing In The Nightside Eclipse in its entirety at Wacken this year. So let’s take a look back to the last time they graced the fields of Wacken, Germany:

This was performed 8 years ago, back in 2006. And I gotta say, Emperor sound amazing. Absolutely awesome. Needless to say, my excitement level to see ‘I Am The Black Wizards’ and the rest of this album’s tracks in about two weeks is absolutely through the roof. I hope Ihsahn still chooses to rock the shoulder spikes, even if they look relatively ridiculous on him this day and age (DON’T CARE).

For those that want to watch the rest of this performance, and you know you do, you can do so here. I won’t give away the track list, but I will let you know that it is not the same as what’s to come this year. The whole thing is amazing. Just watch it.

Anyway, that will wrap up this week’s Throwback. More Wacken related articles to come. Later, peeps.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up. 

Stage Dive: Best Drinking Partner in Metal?

Well now, we haven’t done one of these for awhile. Must have been at least a week, right? Okay, so it’s been more than that. REGARDLESS, Stage Dive is back and ready to open the floor to only the most imperative topics in the metal world. So a brief recap, I pose a question, provide my input, and you share yours in the comments. It’s not that complicated. Let’s roll.

You know what accompanies aggressive music rather well? Booze. Lots of booze. Booze brings out great times and great memories (or brown/blackouts). Somehow, we have not brought alcohol into this site all that frequently. So I say this is a good time to do just that. So my question to you this week is:

WHICH ARTIST WOULD YOU WANT TO GET DRUNK WITH THE MOST?

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Alcohol (right-center), pictured here with Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth

Now THIS is a loaded question. Let’s confirm one thing: this is very subjective. It could be who you find the most interesting life-ically, who you expect to throw the most ridiculous party, or, quite simply, your favorite musician. The first individual that came to mind for me was Devin Townsend (and he finished as a very close second). The ridiculous variety of music he’s played with Strapping Young Lad and as a solo project on top of his bipolar disorder and past substance use, a ridiculous time is guaranteed. That wasn’t enough though. So I let curiosity take over and fell to Ihsahn. I’ve appreciated just about everything the man has done over the years–both his solo work and obviously Emperor. But frankly what I’m most interested in is his recount of the 90’s in the extreme metal underground in Scandinavia. The church burnings and murders have always fascinated me because I see them as a evidence to constantly need to push the envelope. It’d be incredible to hear a firsthand account. But no, still not enough. I fell to one Adam Darski. Most of you may know him as Nergal.

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I need no words.

This should really not come as a surprise. My feelings toward Behemoth are widely known. Naturally, the figure in metal I would want to get drunk with the most is their legendary frontman. But let’s cover why.

  • Well, I just mentioned my obsession with the band, so that part is obvious. I could talk Behemoth music with the dude for days on end, from their albums to their stage presence. Especially the stage presence. They still hold the title as best live band I’ve seen (not best concert, let’s be clear). I also like booze. So, hand-in-hand much?
  • This man is a very free-thinking, knowledge-seeking heretic. I consider myself similar but in a far lesser light. He has been known to denounce Catholicism and has faced legal conflicts over tearing a bible on stage during a live performance. A+. I am very much looking forward to reading Sacrum Profanus, his autobiography that finally gets an English-language release. It’ll be a fascinating read for me. Sometimes drunken talk gets a little serious. There would none more serious than this.
  • The dude overcame leukemia and then promptly toured Evangelion and then a few years later give us The Satanist. Several months of recovery, not a beat was missed by him or Behemoth and their live performance only got better. Dying to know what he pulled from that experience and what changed because of it.
  • His overall not-give-a-fuck-ery. It seems like half the things he says are in some way controversial. Remember that time he called out American death metal bands? I don’t agree with everything he says, but I’m an adult and understand what difference in opinion means. It’s more about respecting that he speaks his mind regardless of feedback. I can only imagine how alcohol would further enhance this.

So let’s wrap this up. I would imagine a drunken situation with Nergal includes a lot of booze in a dark cellar bar with a lot of in-depth discussion regarding religion and the human race. And ideally, plenty of the infinite stories he’s inevitably built up over the years with Behemoth and otherwise. Plus, the whole not giving a shit thing could lead to some crazy interactions within a bar. Which I would fully appreciate. Hmmm, minus the whole Nergal part, it already kinda sounds like a night out for me in Portsmouth. I’ll accept it. Oh well, this will probably never happen. But at least I can drunkenly read his autobiography soon, close as I’m gonna get I’m sure.

So what say you? Share below. Or don’t.

“Ein bier…bitte”

-Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.