The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Folk Metal

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

Last month, I discussed my love for industrial metal, and how one song shaped my entire adolescence before I fully landed in the German camp of industrial metal. Since writing the column, the song “Bye/Die” has become more prevalent as of late, as I am knuckles-deep into grad school and I haven’t had time to breathe. Thus, what better way to fully curse being a full-time student and being split in various camps than by humming a song about hoping some entities – in this case, my institution and select members of my immediate family – would fuck off and die?

If you can’t tell by now, humans have a tendency to categorize things because we like heuristics (shortcuts), and I am doing this because I like to organize what I know into small piles of easy-to-access information.

Also, for that one person who suggested other bands to check out: I do not consider Nine Inch Nails or Marilyn Manson metal. They may be industrial and metal-like, but they are not metal to me. Like I have stated previously, labels are subjective, and while they do tend to crossover, I came to Nine Inch Nails later in life. As to the others, I might check them out, but we shall see.

Speaking of coming to things later in life, the next genre I want to explore is one that I came into because of fandom. While I never thought to involve myself into another fandom after what happened with symphonic metal, I watched from the sidelines while people talked about bands in this genre.

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Nine Circles ov… FINLAND! (Round 2: The Mainstream)

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Greetings! I hope you all enjoyed your extended weekend as much as we did. But now that we are back in the full swing of things, it’s time to pick up where we left off one week ago exactly. You may recall our write-up on Finland last week, where we introduced you to a slew of quality (albeit obscure) bands out of the Scandinavian nation. That, however, was only the first round (The Kvlt) of our coverage on Finland. So, without any further delay, it’s time for Round 2: The Mainstream.

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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 1 (May 15, 2015)

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Get ready, kids–it’s time for Episode 1 of the Nine Circles Podcast!

Dan and Corey return for their first episode under the brand new moniker! And to kick things off, they look back at two-and-a-half weeks’ worth of headlines, new releases, and other nonsense that happened during their hiatus–including news from GWAR and Blind Guardian, and new releases from Tribulation, Ølten and more. Plus, extended rants about Five Finger Death Punch and the NFL! The Nine Circles Podcast starts off with a bang RIGHT HERE:

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Quickies: Revocation’s mini tour, Chuck Billy’s signature vaporizers and more

Bleh. What a week. Here I am, ready to make amends for the lack of Quickies yesterday. And since I’m ready to get the hell out of the office, I’ll even be quick about it! Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

See, I don’t really know about this thing. I tend to like my cheesy, unevolving folk metal a little more upbeat than this. Either way, the band’s new album, Noita, will be out in early May. That’ll do it for us. Enjoy your weekends!

Keep it heavy,

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Quickies: 2015 Metal Alliance Tour, album sales, and a really cool new track from Barren Earth

Hey guess what? It’s snowing again! Fucking… blow me.

That little number is called “A Shapeless Derelict” and I am very much a fan.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.