The Be(a)st of 2018 – J’s List

 

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Every year is an interesting trip around the sun.  New music comes and goes like the ebb and flow of time, and some albums hit us harder than others.  2018 for me was a very rich year in metal, yielding tons of great material from all over the heavy landscape.  There was a lot I enjoyed, so sorting the wheat from the chaff for this year has been enjoyable and fairly difficult, which is a testament to all the bands putting out great albums this year.  Below is my top 15 list for this year with a brief explanation with each album as to why I picked them.  Feel the misery (wait, that wasn’t this year?!).  Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Corrosion of Conformity, Enslaved, Slayer and more!

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July 11, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, Corrosion of Conformity have just about wrapped up their first album with Pepper Keenan since 2005’s In the Arms of God. Get excited, folks.

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Donuts & CANTO: Enslaved, Ghost, Metal Church and more!

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April 24, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:

    • As usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new albums on Friday, including Night Demon and Artificial Brain. For a full breakdown, check out Josh’s recap.
    • Enslaved are hard at work on what will be their 14th studio album, which guitarist Ivar Bjørnson says will take “more risks than ever before” and a whole bunch of other standard-issue PR speak. Either way, color us excited!

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Initial Descent: April 16 – 22, 2017

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Ok so, current events happened — blah, blah. No time to waste this week as we have a TON of new metal to get into so waste not here we go: Casket Huffer rule the week with a limited vinyl and digital release of their absolutely sick death metal debut Gospels of Scum. There’s no amount of words I can say here to convince you to pick this up but trust me when I say you NEED this album in your life, period. Next up is Artificial Brain with Infrared Horizon and honestly this is a mindf**k of a technical death metal (not tech death) album but in the best of ways so DO check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Moving on, everyone’s favorite Finns Foreseen return with their second full length Grave Danger and if you loved Helsinki Savagery (most of you did) then you will feel the same about this thrashtastic album, jump on it. Rounding out the opening slots is Night Demon with their second full length of wickedly good and classically tinged heavy metal, Darkness Remains — yes it is every bit as good as their debut and yes it is every bit as catchy, pick it up for the sake of all things metal. There you have it with the opening salvo but I did say there is a TON to wade through so get cracking, right after the jump.

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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 53

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With just a couple of days until the guys leave for Migration Fest, Corey returns to the fold for another Concert Pod! He talks about seeing Exmortus, Spellcaster and Seven Spires in Boston, as well as Skeletonwitch, Magic Circle, Lich King and Black Mass in Somerville, MA. Dan, on the other hand? He’s got stories from Carcass and Paul McCartney to speak of.

All that and much, much more in Episode 53, so jump on in and take a listen!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan