Column: The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell

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Everyone has an album that they fondly remember as their first foray into metal, one that makes us feel nostalgic from time to time. Years later, after the countless albums and concerts one has gone to and listened to, we still remember our first, and we tend to defend it when someone talks shit about it. This led to the idea of exploring gateway albums, who or what introduced us to it, and how we came to love metal as our genre of choice.

After all, metal is one of those genres you get introduced to when you are old enough to make your own choices and you start rebelling against your parents. Thus we begin a new journey with our friend Hera so dive in and stay tuned for more chapters in this story. Continue reading

Concert Review: The Ultimate Principle Tour, 8.31.2017

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There is a good reason why it took a month to complete any publication on my most recent concert adventure, I promise. September saw endless travel and adventure from one week to the next (including a stretch of living in the woods up in Maine). But when I go back and reflect on everything that happened, I’m going to remember that it was this concert that kicked this blitz of a month off. The last day of August saw me make a familiar journey to Boston’s Royale (familiar, indeed) to capture the opening night of The Ultimate Principle Tour featuring ElantrisInsomnium, Lacuna Coiland headliner Epica. That lineup may sound a bit random, but the relevance of these names is undeniable. So without any doubt, this was a show I didn’t want to miss. Mostly for Insomnium though. Duh. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 25 – October 1, 2016

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Here we are at the dawn of October. One of the finest months of the year, obviously. What better way to kick it off than with a stacked list of metal that is as varied as the many horror movies you need to watch over the next 31 days. Anyway, Initial Descent knows you need it so, this week we have the amazing new album The Dark Hereafter from Winterfylleth, a jazzy avant-garde self titled debut from Brain Tentacles, Okkultokrati‘s Raspberry Dawn that is satan rock at it’s finest and of course Sorceress from everyone’s favorite target Opeth. For everyone still mad about the whole no death metal thing, news flash, they’re still great. Also Veilburner returns with their third full length of inherently evil and challenging black/death/experimental The Obscene Rite and Halshug cracks the earth in half with their brutal new album Sort Sind. Plenty here for you to enjoy so without further delay, get busy after the jump. Continue reading

CANTO: Trap Them, Blackdeath Fest II, Epica, and more

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“In the name of diabolical oligarchy. In the kingdom of demise rules supremacy. Solipsistic crowned nobility. Stern reigning gunboat diplomacy.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Album sales, a new Deafheaven track, and something called Melted Space!

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Coming at you a little later tonight. Because reasons. I’m not sorry about it, I just felt like stating a fact. Moving on.

Different. And different isn’t bad.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey