Scholar of the First Sin: Hera’s Best of 2018

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Yes, that title is a Dark Souls reference, and it’s a title I would like to have some day.

Anyway, it’s that time of year where we all just want to enjoy the last vestiges of holidays before the new year begins and we all decide to make lists. Whether it is for presents, things to throw out, or just a general shopping list for Christmas, we are bound to make one.

However, here in the hallowed halls of 9C, we are making one better: It’s time for EOY list season!

2018 was an impressive year for music in general. The sheer amount of releases this year was mind-blowing – so much so that I decided to make it into a top 20. That’s right: I expanded my list because 10 ain’t gonna cut it. However, there were a lot of albums left out from this list because they weren’t being as heavily played as they were supposed to be or they came out too late for me to actually put on this list (sorry Within Temptation!). I also decided to cut EPs from this list, as they deserve their own separate thing that won’t be explored until I have some more time. Let’s get started… Continue reading

Omnium Gatherum Live at the Whisky A Go Go, 9.24.2018

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Band: Omnium Gatherum

Photographer: Hera Vidal

Location: Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA

Date: September 24, 2018

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Concert Review: Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell and Omnium Gatherum, 9.24.2018

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When it comes to concerts, I try to go to at least one a year. After all, in between school and other events, it becomes rather difficult to catch them sometimes. However, when I heard that Amorphis was coming into town with three other bands I was curious about but never really dealt with before, I knew I had to see them. Thus, I decided to do the only thing I was able to do: prepare myself for a night filled with music by listening to the four band’s latest albums in order to know what to expect.

Of the four, I am most familiar with Amorphis – I had seen them once before as support for Nightwish in early 2012 – so I was expecting a good time from these guys. Seeing the others was a bonus. Continue reading

Omnium Gatherum Live at the Palladium, 10.13.2018

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Band: Omnium Gatherum

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Palladium, Worcester, MA

Date: October 13, 2018

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CANTO: A Couple Massive Tours, A New Video from The Crown, and More

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2/13/2018.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb