The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Neoclassical Metal

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

It’s been a while since I wrote something for the column, but I have been doing a lot of work and studying behind the scenes, which explains why there hasn’t been a lot of music writing lately. However, now that I have some time before grad school restarts, I can start talking about music again.

Blessed be thy gods.

For this episode of the column, I wanted to talk about a genre that combines both my love for classical (read: orchestral) music and metal, as I spend a lot of time listening to both genres. While symphonic metal tends to focus more on the vocal and operatic aspects of what we consider classical music to be, we tend to talk about instruments and instrumentation in accordance to their sound in a specific genre or in how they add texture to a song.

It’s time we talked about Neoclassical Metal.   Continue reading

CANTO: Between The Buried And Me, The Sword, Symphony X, and More

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Image via Revolver Magazine

1/17/2018. Took a couple days off. But then I got bored.

  • I haven’t heard from The Sword in a little while, so let’s start there. Their new album, Used Future, appears to be nearing release date.
  • How about Between The Buried And Me? They’ve been busy. New label: Sumerian. New album: Automata Part 1 (out March 9th). New tour: US, starting March 2nd.
  • You know who is a lot of fun? Andrew W.K. Apparently some dude got a speeding ticket while listening to a new AWK song… and AWK wants to pay the fine.
  • In today’s episode of “Holy Crap They’re Still Doing Things?”, Symphony X looks like they may try to piece together an album in the near future.
  •  Finally, here’s a video of Inter Arma doing cool things.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 11

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The guys air more grievances against the fiasco that is (or was) Mayhem Fest, then dig into new albums from Lamb of God and Symphony X. But the sh*t really hits the fan in the Heaven and Hell section, when they rip into Minnesota dentist and lion killer Walter Palmer!

All that and much, much more in Episode 11, so check it out!

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Album Review: Symphony X – “Underworld”

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Symphony X is a progressive metal band, and for the majority of their two-plus decades as a band, they’ve been pretty good at that whole “progress” thing. They’ve explored time and feel changes in their songs, constructed concept pieces about works like Homer’s Odyssey or Milton’s Paradise Lost, and generally made a good effort to keep their sound fresh and captivating. Which is why album number nine, Underworld, can’t help but feel like a little bit of a let-down. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 24’s New Releases in Brief

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We’re trying something new with Initial Descent this week. As you may be aware, we moved this segment to Mondays last week (covering the previous week’s new releases) to accommodate the new, industry-wide “New Release Fridays” transition. Except that arrangement meant we’d be looking back rather than forward each week, which isn’t exactly ideal.

So instead, we’re going to make these roundups a bit more current and publish them on Fridays—the day of these new releases. Then in the forthcoming week’s podcast, we’ll both cover the albums we highlight here and look ahead to the following week’s new releases, which will be dropping around the time said episode posts.

Make sense? It does to us, I swear. You’ll catch on. Anyway, here are this week’s highlights:  Continue reading