CANTO: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Baroness, Iron Maiden Beer, and More

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I’m watching soccer whilst writing this.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Spirit Adrift, Tool, Randy Blythe, and More

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Did ya miss me?

  • For those that missed it, the Westboro Baptist Church protested the election of Danica Roem to state legislature. No surprise there because, ya know, they’re the worst. The fun part? Randy Blythe countered their protest with… kazoos. And it went super well! He’s such a treasure.
  • Tool updates! No, not album news. But tour dates are kinda fun, right? Why do I feel like I was in this exact same position typing these exact same words last year?
  • How did Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody celebrate one year of sobriety? With a giant tattoo on his dome. Like… what now? Weird flex, but ok. Did I use that right? No? Oh well. I tried.
  • A new Spirit Adrift song dropped over the weekend… and it’s awesome! Check out “Hear Her” below. Their new album, Divided By Darkness, will be out May 10th through 20 Buck Spin.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Spirit Adrift Live at the 3S Artspace, 8.3.2018

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Band: Spirit Adrift

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH

Date: August 3, 2018

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Best of 2017: The Short List – Vincent’s Favorite EP’s and Demos

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As I’ve probably mentioned here before, I love EP’s and demos almost as much as I love full albums.  There’s something about the condensed goodness, coupled with my ever dwindling attention span, that makes me wish these little gems got their own recognition sometimes when it comes to year-end lists.  You have to be the change you want to see in the world though, right?  So here it is then: my list of favorite shorter releases from this year. Continue reading

Best of 2017: Chris’s Honorable Mention List

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Hello there, online metal community.  How you holding up?  List fatigue setting in yet?  If so sorry: this is in no way going to help. My first year writing for Nine Circles resulted in listening to over 500 albums – I won’t even begin to pretend they all got a fair shake, but they all got at least one listen.  The sheer glut of music that passed through my ears was like an awakening, helping me to better understand what it was music did for me, what I needed it to do for me.  I found albums that mesmerized on first listen only to fade quickly, and albums I initially dismissed only to find their hooks in me months later, and it’s these surprise revelations that keep me listening, keep me writing, and keep me so engaged with this beast we call metal.

You’d think doing a Top 25 would be sufficient to cover all the bases, but it feels like it doesn’t even make a dent into the great music that sustained me over the course of the year.  And so, if you’ll indulge me, here’s an extra 15 albums that warrant honorable mention.  Think of them as #26-40 (hey, if Decibel can do it…), in any order you like, though they’re alphabetical below.  Let’s dig in…   Continue reading