Red live at Aura, 12.5.2019

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Band: Red

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Aura, Portland, Maine

Date: December 5, 2019

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Best of 2019: Chris’s Honorable Mentions List

Best of 2019

No meandering preamble.  Too much of 2019 was utter shit, and music was the salve to my battered and bruised soul.  Last week I touted 19 albums that helped me cope with the personal and global tragedies that the year brought, and this week brings another 15 records that, while not formally ranked all can on a given day act as my #26, or even my #1.  Don’t try to find reason or logic in a list.  Not only is it all subjective, but it’s all subject to change on a dime, on a given moment when the axis spins and tries to buck you off into orbit, and all you can cling to is the fragment of a melody, a riff or a lyric that tethers you to the world, keeps you grounded and ready for another day.

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Nine Circles ov…Metal on My Horror Break

Nine Cirlces ov.... October 2019

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here talking about metal.  That’s because I’ve been knee-deep in Blood Red, our annual horror series where I watch a crap-ton of movies and write them up for the Letterboxd Hooptober Marathon.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening to metal – I’ve been trying to keep up with the veritable glut of heavy offerings bestowed upon us so far this Autumn season.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I thought I’d jump in and share nine recent(-ish) releases that have been keeping the blood pumping…as it spurts out a major artery.

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Album Review: Lo-Pan – “Subtle”

lo-pan - subtle

Somewhere in the tangle of stoner metal and hard rock, where the sinew of heavy distortion meets the sweet muscle of melody and hook, lay the spark of what just might be my favorite kind of music.  Hard, biting, but never afraid to grab onto a hook and hold on for dear life.  Sometimes you want to roar and smash your head, and sometimes you just want to close your eyes, reach out to the universe and sing along loud enough to let it know you exist, you matter, and you feel the connection the music brings.

The point being, again (for those that missed it the last time): Lo-Pan.  Specifically their new album Subtle, which is anything but when it comes to my adoration for it. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Moon Tooth’s Nick Lee on “Crux,” touring, solid advice and much more!

Moon Tooth
Moon Tooth

New York’s Moon Tooth has set aside March 29 to unveil their monstrous second full length Crux and if razor edged hard rock/metal that is as aggressive as it is memorable is something you’ve been missing, this album needs to be in your pre-order list. The band’s trajectory has been nothing short of amazing; 2015’s Freaks EP was a ball of unbridled energy and 2016’s Chromaparagon added a progressive touch to said energy but tighter and more focused. On Crux, the band’s path shifts towards planet ‘kick ass and take names later.’ But seriously, this sophomore outing is exactly that but most of all it’s MEMORABLE and I can’t get enough of it. I recently had the opportunity to chat with guitarist Nick Lee about Crux, a new tour, lessons learned along the way, solid advice for any new band, and so much more. Head below to hear how it all went down and click those outro links to show some love to Moon Tooth. Continue reading