Album Review: All Pigs Must Die – “Hostage Animal”

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While black, death, and doom metal may be my forte (and what I spend the most time with), there is something about a grimy, fisticuff-inducing hardcore album that scratches a certain itch for me.  Maybe it’s all the metalcore I cut my teeth on in high school, but it just feels like a good time.  It’s nice to find bands now that take elements of hardcore and bring it to a level of darkness that matches the rest of the music I listen to, and one such act that is a go-to of mine is All Pigs Must Die.  Their brand of dark, visceral hardcore consistently delivers the goods, and nowhere more so than on their new album, Hostage Animal. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…The Binder of Forgotten Metal: The Final Chapter

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Third time’s the charm, I guess.  We’ve dipped two times into the Binder of Forgotten Metal, and there’s just enough magic darkness left for a final call.  It’s been a trip revisiting some of these records (not so much others, thank you Kalas), finding the bits and pieces that stitched together reveal a step of the journey I’ve been on as a metalhead for over 35 years.  So there’s mix of nostalgia and sadness as we close the book on this particular Nine Circles ov…series and the memories the music unearthed.

So let’s crack the binding one more time, dust off those square covers and see what’s hiding in the back pages one more time…   Continue reading

Nine Circles ov… The Binder of Forgotten Metal, Part II

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We’re back…time to crack the spine and delve back into the musty pages of the Binder of Forgotten Metal™ one more time.  I had a blast the last time listening to a bunch of music (strangely almost all from 2005) that not only had I practically forgotten about, but was most likely instrumental in bringing me into the fold of extreme metal.

Looking through the entries I picked I’m sure we’re going to have quite the same hit to miss ratio of lost gems, but there’s no telling until we dive in so once again get on your hip waders and let’s do this… Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…The Binder of Forgotten Metal

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There is a significant real estate issue in my house when it comes to physical media.  I have one room that is totally mine, but there's only so much you can cram into a 9×12 foot office.  So I began to make concessions: in addition to moving largely digital I've been transferring a lot of my CDs into binders, relegating the towers (thank you IKEA Gnedby) to the music I listen to the most.

When I first got back into extreme music, I was buying whatever I could to get a sense of what it was I liked and identified with.  Now I have two fat binders full of stuff I probably haven't listened to in years, so for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I decided to grab one of those dusty old binders, open it up and grab some metal to see what I moved in error, and what rightfully deserved its place among the forgotten. Let's dig in…   Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: The Agonist – “The Moment”

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Canadian metalcore quintet, The Agonist certainly have people believing in them. That fact is easily evidenced by the sheer quality of the video below. Their upcoming release Five will be released via Napalm Records on September 30, 2016. The release will be their fifth full-length to date and features some of the bands most balanced, aggressive work to date. Pre-orders for Five, in various formats and exclusive bundle packages, are available now at The Napalm Records Webstore.

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