The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Addendum, Part I

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

It’s been a hot minute since I wrote anything for the column. I have been trying to take things easy in the meantime, but life has been fucking with me. Not only has it been giving me more things to be concerned about, but has led to a worsened mental state and a depressive episode to boot. Don’t worry, though – I am feeling a lot better and I am in a better place mentally. With that in mind, we can now move towards talking about the leftover albums I didn’t have time to discuss. Continue reading

Profile: Symphonic Death Metallers Seraph In Travail

Seraph In Travail band

After a few lineup changes, Seraph In Travail arrived with their second full length, Lest They Feed Upon Your Soul, back in April and July 12 will see this same album released in CD format. Simply meaning, there’s no excuse not to get your hands around this symphonic death metal offering that bobs and weaves between bombastically operatic and melodic death metal with vocal performances literally all over the map. It’s catchy and addictive so be prepared to spend some time with it. In the midst of this album cycle we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so keep reading to see how it all went down. Continue reading

Column: The Path To Paradise Begins In Hell – Symphonic Death Metal

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

On last month’s column, I discussed some of the genres to look forward to as I descended forwards and ascended backwards into my timeline as a metalhead. I also mentioned going into some deep cuts, but have decided to forgo that completely as I want to continue exploring genres and their gateway albums. With that in mind, it’s time we move forward into a hybrid genre that fully led me down a rabbit hole.

Back in my peak symphonic metal days – that would be early 2009 to late 2012 – I didn’t dabble into any other genre except when someone recommended me an album or a song to listen to. Of course, I did, but didn’t move forward with those recommendations, hoping that, once I got comfortable with my metal listening habits, I would take the time find out what I really liked and pursue that. However, Pandora would throw a wrench in my routine by slowly introducing a dose of death into the music.

It’s time we explore my foray into symphonic death metal.   Continue reading