Receiving the Evcharist: the Body and Napoleon Complex

Receiving the Evcharist

Brother Vincent was nice enough to let me take the reigns this week but rest assured, he’ll be back with a vengeance soon. Today I’m featuring a pairing that on first glance or taste or listen didn’t seem like it would gel. But, upon further inspection it was just what the doctor ordered. Behold, the Body‘s I have fought against it, But I can’t any longer. and Wicked Weed Brewing‘s Napoleon Complex for this Receiving the Evcharist. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 25, 2016

cobalt band erik wunder charlie fell

God-DAMN, what a new release Friday we’ve got today. Even if all we had dropping today was the new Cobalt, it’d still have been a hell of a day. In case it wasn’t clear, that’s your reminder to pick up the band’s long-awaited third album, Slow Forever. It’s an absolute triumph, and a surefire album-of-the-year contender. (Yes, it’s March. Not comfortable dropping “AOTY” bombs this early? Let’s give it a more timely nickname: how about “No. 1 Overall Seed”? #Madness)

But in fact, Cobalt’s not the only thing dropping today. Not by a long shot. We’ve also got Krighsu, the new record from Spanish brutal/tech deathsters Wormed (WORMED), and new stuff from Rotten Sound and…sigh…Amon Amarth, among others. Like I said, it’s a big day. So let’s not waste any more time; here’s what’s on tap for Friday, March 25:
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Initial Descent: March 18, 2016

convulse band 2016

Another Friday is upon us! Leading the charge with this week’s new releases are Finnish legends Convulse! The band’s new album, Cycle of Revenge, comes just two-and-a-half years since after their last effort, Evil Prevails — which is kinda nice since they’d waited almost 20 years between albums before that. It’s a very un-Convulse-sounding record, but worth giving a spin all the same. We’ve also got new stuff from The BodyDecrepit Soul and a whole host of others dropping today, so let’s not waste any more time. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, March 18:
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Best of 2015: Schuler’s Top 10 Cave-Dwellers

Best 2015

This past year’s been a good one for me as far as music writing goes. Following the early 2015 demise of a site I wrote for with some friends, I wormed my way into regular contributor gigs at three online metal blogs/pubs, all of which I was already a fan. It’s been a good year for metal, too. I’m not gonna lie and say 2015 blew my dick off the way 2014 did… because it just didn’t. But that’s not to say I didn’t hear some killer new shit this year, as well as find out about a handful of new, promising acts with which I wasn’t yet familiar. Continue reading

The Nine Circles ov… Cover Songs (Part I)

In an act of ultimate blasphemy, I’m gonna quote the Bible here on Nine Circles real quick: “there is nothing new under the sun.” In a way, it’s a shitty admission. As appreciators, and especially as artists, we want to believe there’s always something new out there waiting to be discovered. We want to find it, capture it, channel it into something that’s ours. If you believe there’s nothing new under the sun, that every original artistic impulse has already been conceived and acted out, then you cede that impulse to your creative forebears. But can that idea not be freeing? If everything worth imagining has already been imagined, then the burden comes off of you to blaze any new trails. You’re free to reinterpret, to reimagine, to outright fucking steal the shit that came before you. And what’s interesting about this notion (or depressing, or really awesome, depending on your viewpoint) is that it sells. We can be sly about this. We can write books that we call “bold retellings” of works written centuries ago. We can be overt about it. We, as Hollywood producers, can say, “What if we just did Die Hard, but in the White House? Or London?” We can say, “this made a lot of money as a comic. Let’s make it a movie.” And that’s the prevailing atmosphere in popular commercial art now. Continue reading