The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Doom Metal

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

Last month, we dove into power metal and talked about how it was essentially foreign for me until I decided to step outside of what I knew. I also talked a lot about vocal envy and voice mimicry, which has somehow worked for me in learning how to sing. Essentially, power metal is fun, somewhat cheesy, and comforting – like a good chicken noodle soup — it will lull you to sleep and think happy thoughts, or it will amp you up to get stuff done.

Now, for many of us, it’s the holiday season. We spend time with family, friends, and other loved ones to bask in the good things that the year has brought us, eating good food, and having a great time watching movies or doing whatever normal people do during the holidays. However, because of my sense of humor and my rather interesting year, I decided to become the ultimate Grinch and give you all something to cry to. After all, nothing says “Happy Holidays” more than reminding you that we are all, fundamentally, sad people. Let me tell you something: this genre is definitely the opposite of chicken soup.

It’s time we talk about Doom Metal. Continue reading

CANTO: Mastodon, Machine Head, Russian Circles, and More

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1/29/2018. Monday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2017: Hera’s List – Woes of Research

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We’re stoked to feature Hera Vidal, purveyor of all things heavy and writer/deep metal researcher for sites like Broken Amp and Metal Bandcamp here as a featured guest presenting her Top Albums of 2017.  Hopefully we’ll see her pop up here again in 2018.  Until then, take it away, Hera! 

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2017 was a fantastic year for metal. However, this means that I now have another pile of albums to look into that I probably missed. The struggle to keep up with releases is real, you guys.

Anyway, it’s list season!

Now, there is some criteria for me to decide my top albums of the year, and they usually revolve around one key factor: I have not written about them, whether they are planned drafts or have been published elsewhere. That means albums like E, Berdreyminn, and Codex Omega – which I enjoyed – and a bunch of black metal albums are not going to be on this list.

With that in mind, here is a list of 10 albums I enjoyed in 2017. If you think I missed one, please let me know via Twitter and/or any way you can get ahold of me.   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Hail of Bullets, Destruction, King Woman and more!

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March 16, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Hail of Bullets is dead, long live Hail of Bullets. The Dutch death metal crew have officially called it quits, a year and a half after parting ways with vocalist Martin van Drunen.
  • Hey, thrash kids! DestructionWarbringer and Jungle Rot are going out on tour together in May and June. Destruction dropped an album last year, Warbringer is dropping an album at the end of the month, and Jungle Rot is Jungle Rot.
  • So this is kinda neat: Tuesday night’s King Woman show in Brooklyn was supposed to be cancelled, with frontwoman Kristina Esfandiari stranded across the country thanks to Winter Storm Stella. And then, this happened. Huge ups to Kristina, Saint Vitus and the hero woman responsible for this turn of events.
  • Author & Punisher have signed to Relapse Records, and will be releasing a new album through the label early next year. I haven’t ever really listened to Author & Punisher, but whatever this concoction is sure seems amusing.
  • Dutch symphonic black metal weirdos Carach Angren have released details about their upcoming album, Dance and Laugh Among the Rotten, out June 16. One of the album’s preorder packages includes a set of dice — you know, just in case your list of vices includes both cheesy metal and gambling.
  • I’m sure, somewhere out there, someone’s thinking to themselves, “boy, I could sure use some grandma-fronted grindcore in my life.” Well fear not, possibly-existent person: The Grindmother are touring the U.S. later this month and April. I sure could not use any grandma-fronted grindcore in my life, so I’ll be taking a pass.
  • And finally, Animals as Leaders released a video for “Cognitive Contortions,” which you probably shouldn’t watch while high. Or maybe you should. I dunno. Here it is:

Another condition that should merit caution before watching this video? Thinking that you’re good at music. Anyway, that’ll do it for now, but check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Initial Descent: February 19 – 25, 2017

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Immolation

As February draws to a close and just as spring has sprung early, this week the metal gods have rained fire upon us at Initial Descent. Keep the hoodies out for a little longer but dust the shorts off and prepare for a blisteringly loud round of new releases. The undisputed death metal kings Immolation have returned with their tenth full length Atonement and if you’ve yet to hear it GO NOW AND DO IT, for a band in their 29th year this New York group ages like a fine bourbon. King Woman gives us Created In the Image of Suffering and it is yet another stellar offering of doom metal with beautiful vocals, Stalking the Ghost is Unearthly Trance‘s sixth full length and much like I mentioned with Immolation this band also ages extremely well going into their 17th year with arguably their best album yet and Power Trip brings the hardcore thrash like only they can with Nightmare Logic. See? Told you it was going to be a loud and chaotic week — but as usual that’s not all so dig your headphones in deep and keep them there. Continue reading