Vision ov Hell: Lacuna Coil – “Delirium”


We’ve been doing this Horns Up/Nine Circles thing for more than a couple of years now… but I don’t think we’ve covered Lacuna Coil more than once or twice. It makes sense, their music really just isn’t that interesting. At least to us (me). But the Italians have had quite a successful career over the years. I remember when I saw them at some Ozzfest or another right before Karmacode dropped and being relatively impressed for a kid that probably wasn’t quite old enough to drive yet. So I’ve been casually aware of them for some time now. But I digress. Their latest album, Delirium, dropped on May 27 of this year. With it, they released a rather creepy video for the title track that I was just curious enough to check out.  Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Katatonia – “Serein”


Jonas Renske is an absolute master lyricist. As such, it should come as no surprise that the lyric videos stemming from Katatonia‘s music is equally as impressive. And with their latest tease from The Fall of Hearts, set to drop at the end of this week, “Serein” only furthers that stance. The gothic death metallers out of Stockholm have created another masterpiece with this song and imagery, continuing to increase the level of creativity behind what is a “lyric video”. And the music is even better than that. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Ov… My Dying Bride


News flash: Ya boy Old Thunder looooves metal of the sad, mopey sort. You shouldn’t be surprised at all that you’re seeing this. If you know me anyway, you were probably expecting it. My Dying Bride, one of the cornerstone bands for gothic/doom metal, have been a longtime favorite of mine since I first heard The Dreadful Hours many years ago. Given their extensive, decades-long catalog, it’s only fitting that they eventually the beloved Brits would end up in this column. It is my pleasure — nay, privilege — to present the Nine Circles Ov… My Dying Bride.  Continue reading

Concert Review: Ne Obliviscaris, Butcher Babies, and Cradle of Filth (March 2, 2016)

cradleoffilth_inquisitionaltourtureYou, dear reader, should know at this point that I am most definitely a goth kid at heart, attracted like flies to light when it comes to the theatrical, face-painted, unashamedly over-the-top approach of some metal bands. Cradle of Filth was the first band that led me into such territory, at the tender age of 13 when I got into them via the Lovecraft & Witch Hearts compilation. I’ve followed them pretty loyally since Damnation and a Day, even through the “dark ages” of Nymphetamine and Thornography. Last year’s Hammer of the Witches, though, was insanely good, and upon hearing about the Inquisitional Tourture 2016 tour, their first US tour in a very long time, I held out hope that they’d come near me. Sure enough, a Cincinnati date was right in there and I jumped at the opportunity.   Continue reading

Album Review: Charm Designer – “Everlasting”

front_cover640Colombia-based gothic doom metal outfit Charm Designer have been around for quite some time, but their debut Everlasting is only now seeing light of day. As one who is unabashedly drawn to the morose, mopey end of the metal spectrum, I think that Everlasting has all the right ingredients to make for a great gothic metal album — arrangements balanced between melodic guitar leads and atmospheric keyboards, smart songwriting choices, and just the right touch of acoustic and progressive moments — but unfortunately, it also sounds about ten years behind the curve of current metal. Continue reading