Donuts & CANTO: Vattnet, Nails, Slayer and more!

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June 1, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Even though our exclusive stream might have beaten us to the punch. Whoops. Anyway, here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, Vattnet appear to have scrubbed their Instagram, changed their handle (it’s now @vattnetband) and are teasing something for this Friday. In related news, I need to go change my pants.

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Retrospective: Ayreon – “The Human Equation”


It’s difficult to really discuss one of my favorite concept albums in a single post. In fact, you would need to spend hours, if not days, analyzing the infinite complexities and personalities of such an album. The album I’m referring to, of course, is Ayreon’s The Human Equation, which, in all fairness, shouldn’t really be categorized as a collection of songs. In classic Ayreon form, The Human Equation calls upon a wide range of musical influences and musicians for a truly ambitious display of sound.  Continue reading

The Nine Circles ov…NOT Listening to Dream Theater


At one point this past weekend, Spotify decided to recommend that I listen to Dream Theater. I’m not sure where this particular recommendation came from—perhaps I listen to more overly-wanky prog metal than I’m cognizant of?—but…it happened, and I haven’t been able to eat or sleep properly for a couple of days.

There’s quite a long list of both pleasant and unpleasant things I’d rather do than listen to these overly-self-indulgent Berklee College of Music alums, and so absent a proper Nine Circles ov list this week, I’ve decided to try to distill that list into a more manageable portion to fill the void. So without further ado, I present The Nine Circles ov NOT Listening to Dream Theater: Continue reading