Best of 2019: Zyklonius’ List

Best of 2019

By now, it has become customary for me to recall at the turn of the year how great the past 12 months were for metal and its myriad sub-genres and styles, and how difficult it has become to keep one’s head above the water in the face of the deluge of releases. I have been listening to metal for over 25 years but am still astonished and impressed on a daily basis by the boundless imagination on display, be it the ever-blossoming creativity of bands who have been operating for 20 years or the ravenous appetite of newcomers.  Continue reading

The Third Circle of Bandcamp: October 2019 Edition

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Welcome to a new monthly..ish column from Charles, where he dives into his Bandcamp addiction each month and indulges in the sin of gluttony, with the intent to force-feed all. The rules and picks are completely his own and there’s no limit on what he includes; genre, quantity, or otherwise. Without further ado…

Do you miss mixtapes? I miss mixtapes.

Twenty years ago, all my music discoveries were coming from Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, a now defunct Canadian magazine that came every month with a CD full of new metal tracks. I discovered so many bands through these discs. Hell, I only just disposed of them a couple years ago; I had one of those ridiculous old giant CD binders filled with discs. So, here’s my take. Continue reading

CANTO: Cradle of Filth, Epica, Sabaton, and More

Epica8.31.5

Three day weekends are kinda dumb sometimes.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2016: Zyklonius’ List

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I am writing this intro blurb on Christmas eve, on Lemmy’s birthday and almost exactly a year after his death. Today, the largest newspaper in Finland published a fascinating article discussing Lemmy’s life (unfortunately in Finnish). The article’s lead paragraph notes the failure of humanity to carry on without Lemmy and the shockwave his death created, paving the way for 2016 in all its depressing grimness. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 22, 2016

Goddammit. This is the first time in I don’t know how long that I actually get to write this post the Thursday evening before it runs, rather than hastily cobbling it together the morning of. And I can’t even feel happy about that because we lost Prince today and all I wanna do is listen to Purple Rain and Sign O’ The Times. Is there metal coming out this week? I don’t even know anymore.

Okay, that’s a lie. There’s some. Aborted has a new album out. There’s also some hip-hop being released on a metal label —otherwise known as Dälek‘s new album, Asphalt for Eden, which is coming out on Profound Lore. So dive on in and take a look. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 22:
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