Profile: Multitalented Gothic Metaller Lindsay Schoolcraft

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Lindsay Schoolcraft is a name that any Cradle of Filth fan will instantly recognize due to her intense vocal and multi-instrumental contributions or maybe from the classical/black metal ensemble Antiqva or possibly from the Belzebubs comic and subsequent album. Wherever the name rings a bell from, there’s no doubt she’s been extremely busy. Add to all that, her solo full length debut, Marytr, just dropped earlier this week and based on the dark and brooding gothic undertones coupled with those soaring vocals (no surprise there), life is about to get even busier. We recently shared our Profile questions with Schoolcraft to get some background info so head below to see how it went down and be sure to grab a copy from the links contained within. Continue reading

Album Review: Tribulation – “Down Below”

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So, what’s a band to do after putting out the rare ‘impossible to top’ album? In Tribulation‘s case, they crank out Down Below, their fourth full length since forming nearly 14 years ago. But in the case of this Swedish band, it’s a story of progression, rebirth and tinkering with a sound that began as death metal but since has carefully and methodically evolved into gothic, epic and downright morbid rock with an even darker heart. A lot was expected from this follow up and expectations were not only met but exceeded by leaps and bounds. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…2017: A Mid-Year Report

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Do we even do mid year lists around here?  I debated with myself (eeewww) for hours about doing one, but having just run the tally of albums I checked out this year I realized 1) now was as good a time as any to sit down and stock of what stuck in my ears so far in 2017 and 2) I needed a topic for the next Nine Circles ov… anyway, so why not kill two birds with one stone and highlight some of the great releases from the first half of the year?

And let’s be clear: there’s a lot to check out.  I have 251 albums sitting in my 2017 folder right now and I’ll be the first to admit there’s no way in Hell I devoted the attention some of these releases deserved, which is probably why mid year lists change so much by the time the end of the year rolls around.  What didn’t stick now may stick later, the chemical makeup in your brain undergoes a subtle shift and HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME…you get the picture.  So consider this a snapshot: if the quality of these nine releases are anything to go by, metal is having another great year – so great I have an album on here you all will cry our isn’t even remotely metal – and will only get get better as the year moves along.  Let’s do this.

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Concert Review: Maryland Deathfest XV, Part One

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For the fifth year in a row, I found myself down in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend for Maryland Deathfest. Although this year, things were a little different. For one, there was no outside stage — an omission that, I hoped, wouldn’t prove to be a death knell for “America’s Biggest Metal Party®.” For another, my two longtime MDF-attending colleagues — our co-host emeritus and Literati Overlord — decided not to partake in this year’s festivities.

Still, with a compelling enough lineup and plenty of other metal comrades flying in for the weekend, I decided to take the plunge again. And, lucky you, you get to hear all about it! (SPOILER ALERT: Reports of Maryland Deathfest’s, erm… death… were greatly exaggerated.)

I was going to try to write up these recaps as I go, but the reality is, that was never going to be possible. (You know, because of concerting and catching-up-with and other shenanigans. And maybe sleep, too.) Oh well, with all that said, here goes…

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