The Nine Circles Ov… My Dying Bride


News flash: Ya boy Old Thunder looooves metal of the sad, mopey sort. You shouldn’t be surprised at all that you’re seeing this. If you know me anyway, you were probably expecting it. My Dying Bride, one of the cornerstone bands for gothic/doom metal, have been a longtime favorite of mine since I first heard The Dreadful Hours many years ago. Given their extensive, decades-long catalog, it’s only fitting that they eventually the beloved Brits would end up in this column. It is my pleasure — nay, privilege — to present the Nine Circles Ov… My Dying Bride.  Continue reading

Best of 2015: Dustin’s List

Best 2015

Generally, you’ll find one of two types of music writers at the end of the year: Bitter codgers who bemoan that there’s not enough to write about and that there are no noteworthy albums, and the hyper-excited “EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME” type that honestly can’t pick a true “best” album of the year. It is, of course, easy to get bogged down by the amount of mediocre, unremarkable crap that you subject yourself to over the course of an entire year as a reviewer — or alternately follow the hype machine on everything — but all things considered, 2015 was a good year for basically every sub-genre of metal. Continue reading

CANTO: Megadeth goes country, plus new stuff from Mastodon (beer) & My Dying Bride (album!)

mustaine country

Corey’s off doing mountain things for the weekend. I think. Whenever he’s not here, I just tend to assume that’s what he’s doing. Anyway, you’ve got me on these suckers for the next couple of days. So let’s get to it, shall we?

  • The saga of Dave Mustaine losing the plot continues: apparently, country star Steve Wariner is going to be appearing on the as-yet-untitled upcoming Megadeth album. Because, you know, Super Collider wasn’t enough of a departure.
  • Looks like Mastodon‘s going to have a new beer on the market. The “Motherpuncher” IPA is farmhouse-brewed with passion fruit. Color me thirsty.
  • My Dying Bride have announced their new album, Feel the Misery, will be dropping September 18. This should be interesting.
  • Anyone planning on heading to 70,000 Tons of Metal next year? Well you’re in luck: the first wave of bands has been announced. Can’t say I’m exactly chomping at the bit based on these first 10 bands, truth be told.
  • In an enormous victory for fans of normal-style capitalization everywhere, Disturbed frontman David Draiman has cancelled his Twitter account.
  • And finally, Cradle of Filth released a new song whose title is far too long for me to want to type out here. You can watch / listen to it below, if you care to:

I didn’t care to. Anyway, that’ll do it for tonight. Check back tomorrow for all the usual shenanigans!

Keep it heavy,