CANTO: Lacuna Coil, Slayer, Shadow Frost, and More

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I might squeeze in two of these before heading to Wyoming.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Gothic Metal

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Last month, I was just sad – it was one of my first Christmases without my entire family – so I thought it would be fitting to discuss one of the saddest genres in metal, much to my chagrin and (possibly) tasteless jokes. It got personal, as I tend to closely associate with the music I listen to on an emotional level once my tendency to intellectualize it is stripped away. The music I chose to discuss last month were albums I deeply connected with – particularly Created in the Image of Suffering – and they needed to be revisited to see if they still hit as hard as when I first encountered them…some still do and others hit harder.

Enough about that. That was all in the past, and now we get to move on to something I have wanted to talk about since I wrote about symphonic metal many months ago.

On the darker side of symphonic metal exists another genre, one that tends to be overlooked due to its association. After all, it’s always easier to lump two genres together when they have a similar tendency to showcase female operatic vocals.

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CANTO: Lacuna Coil, Devathorn, Inferno, Artillery, and More

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Friday’s Friday.

  • Lacuna Coil are authors now! They have released their first book (of…?) and it’s called Nothing Stands In Our Way. It’s a celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band, which makes me feel old. Go buy it if you’re into reading and stuff.
  •  In case you want some gossip for the evening, Bad Omens has pulled out of a Sense Fail tour. The reason, you ask? The size of their logo on the poster… (note: there’s much more to this I’m sure,  but that’s the headline that caught my attention, so you get it too).
  • Things I like: Devathorn and Inferno. Things I like even more: learning those two forces are combining in the form of a split titled Zos Vel Thagirion. It will be out on December 11th via W.T.C. Productions. Here’s a trailer.
  • How about a new video from Artillery? This one is for “Pain”, which will be featured on the November 16th release of The Face Of Fear (out on Metal Blade). Look at it!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 32 (3.12.2018)

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Not sure about you but I’m still jamming Judas Priest’s Firepower and it still sounds freakin’ amazing. ICYMI, Chris discussed it right here. Come to think of it, there’s so many albums since January that I’ve yet to put down. Anyway, a new week dawns which means we’ve put together a whole new set of tunes we really dug into last week. Some new, some old and some not metal but they’re all good. So, grab that cup of joe — yes, that monster cup that occupies the biggest shelf in your cabinet — and hit the play button below. Also, don’t forget this is the last week of the giveaway for two vinyl copies of Fathers self-titled album, details on that here. Aaaand, subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Now, get after those tunes. Continue reading

Concert Review: The Ultimate Principle Tour, 8.31.2017

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There is a good reason why it took a month to complete any publication on my most recent concert adventure, I promise. September saw endless travel and adventure from one week to the next (including a stretch of living in the woods up in Maine). But when I go back and reflect on everything that happened, I’m going to remember that it was this concert that kicked this blitz of a month off. The last day of August saw me make a familiar journey to Boston’s Royale (familiar, indeed) to capture the opening night of The Ultimate Principle Tour featuring ElantrisInsomnium, Lacuna Coiland headliner Epica. That lineup may sound a bit random, but the relevance of these names is undeniable. So without any doubt, this was a show I didn’t want to miss. Mostly for Insomnium though. Duh. Continue reading