Nine Circles ov…Metal on My Horror Break

Nine Cirlces ov.... October 2019

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here talking about metal.  That’s because I’ve been knee-deep in Blood Red, our annual horror series where I watch a crap-ton of movies and write them up for the Letterboxd Hooptober Marathon.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening to metal – I’ve been trying to keep up with the veritable glut of heavy offerings bestowed upon us so far this Autumn season.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I thought I’d jump in and share nine recent(-ish) releases that have been keeping the blood pumping…as it spurts out a major artery.

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Album Review: Lightning Bolt – “Fantasy Empire”

lightning bolt fantasy empire

Just so we’re clear from the outset of this review: Lightning Bolt aren’t metal. By their own admission, they’re more of an “art-damaged rock band” than anything else. But on Fantasy Empire, the seventh album in their now more-than-20-year career, Lightning Bolt reach a level of ecstatic aggression most metal bands don’t even hit, through a relatively simple combination of distorted bass riffs, indecipherable vocals, and Brian Chippendale’s relentless drumming. And, as always, I find bands that skirt the line between metal and some other genre to be the most fascinating and the most illuminating.

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