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!


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

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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!


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.