The Horns Up Top 10: Agalloch

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Agalloch is, without a doubt, the most important band in my library. With an extremely progressive, blackened folk metal style and lyrical themes based around nature and human failure, they are everything I could ever ask for in a band. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live on several occasions and managed to get them to sign a copy of Marrow of the Spirit on vinyl at a festival back in 2012. It’s my favorite piece of memorabilia.

Anyway, what I’m getting at is, a Top 10 list from me was a long time coming. Believe it or not, they’ve been around for two decades at this point and have been producing masterpiece after masterpiece throughout. So, without further delay, let’s take a look at my favorites from the Portland natives…

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The Horns Up Top 10: High on Fire

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Six months after his previous band, Sleep, broke up, Matt Pike started a journey with High on Fire that is still going strong after more than 16 years. Based in Oakland, the band consists of Pike on guitars and vocals, Des Kensel on drums and Jeff Matz on bass. I’d bet the majority of our readers are familiar with the band, or at least an album or two, but if you’re a newbie, this will be a great jumping off point. I’m sure there’ll be backlash over why this or that song didn’t make it, but remember, this is my list—not a definitive top 10 for the band in any way, shape or form. Now then…let’s get to it, shall we? Continue reading

The Horns Up Top 10: Type O Negative

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For this week’s Top 10, I’ve chosen to write about one of my all-time favorite bands: Type O Negative. “Type O” is well known for late frontman Peter Steele, a strapping, six-foot six-inch human being who once posed fully-erect in Playgirl. (I shared this fact with my friend Paul who quickly quipped, “Bro, Peter Steele is always fully erect. His blood and semen is the formula for Viagra.”) Always in the public eye, Peter Steele was also a guest on the Jerry Springer Show where he spoke about his interactions with groupies.

Lost in those stories is the fact that Type O Negative is arguably the greatest gothic metal band of all time—a band that could be from no other place than New York City, and a band that was full of humor and the uncanny ability to poke fun at the very thing their music claimed to hold so dear. So with that, let’s get into the playlist: Continue reading

The Horns Up Top 10: Thou

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For this week’s Top 10, we’re looking back on New Orleans sludge/doom band Thou, who formed there in 2005 and have been releasing all manner of splits, EPs and full-length records ever since. Digging through the band’s extensive back catalog has been extremely rewarding, since I tend to like each new song I hear more than the last. The band can do anything within their distinctive sound, from covers of well-known songs to epically orchestrated pieces that build and climax. The band’s entire catalog is free online, with most of their major releases on their Bandcamp page, so go ahead and listen along while you read. Continue reading

Weekend Recap: 2/22/2015 – 2/28/2015

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Happy Sunday, everyone. As we approach the end of yet another week (and depressingly, the weekend), it’s probably a good time to go back and look at some of the highlights from this past week… and some things you may have missed altogether. So, with no further introduction necessary, let’s see what the last week in February brought us:

There you have it. All good things that are worth checking out if you haven’t already done so. I’m basically saying… get your shit together.

Anyway, that rounds off another week here at Horns Up. As always, another week of nonsense lies ahead.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.