Donuts & CANTO: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sleep, Nachtmystium and more!

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Paul O’Neill — founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

April 7, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off, condolences to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra family on the passing of founding member Paul O’Neill. Rest in peace, Paul.

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CANTO: Album sales, plus new tracks from Megadeth and Borknagar

 

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve, humans! I know I skipped this yesterday, but there really wasn’t anything interesting happening. Let’s try again today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Stop reading these and go get drunk.

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Blind Guardian Day is today. And then Rise Against Day is tomorrow. And then Deafheaven Day is Tuesday. But today? Today is god damn Friday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Throwback Thursday: Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards in Winter”

So I’ll be honest, I spent a bit of time looking for things to write about in this week’s #tbt, and…there’s not a lot going on. We’ve got album anniversaries from Whitesnake, Cinderella and Alice Cooper, which…no, thanks. Mike D. from the Beastie Boys turns 49 today, which is awesome, but not remotely “metal.” So yeah, November 20 is clearly a black hole on the metal calendar. Oh well, what’s to be done?

I’ll tell you. It’s cold outside, and since this thing just turned 10 years old a couple of weeks back, we’re going to take a look back at Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s epic instrumental, “Wizards in Winter.” Check it out:

(Ignore the random anime character on the right hand side of the video screen)

This gem is off TSO’s double-platinum (!!!) 2004 album, The Lost Christmas Eve, and you’ll likely remember it from the litany of Christmas light show videos that used the song as a musical backdrop. (Hell, even Miller Brewing Company got in on the fun!) And I’ll admit, it was all kinda fun at the time. It even compelled me to part with $0.99 of iTunes gift card money to be able to own the song, back when iTunes was still a thing I did. (And back before I had a credit card to use on iTunes–because I was in high school at the time.)

But honestly, my favorite development to arise from this song’s existence is the fact that the band’s orchestra members used FLYING-V-SHAPED VIOLINS while performing the song on “Good Morning America.” No, really. Check it:

Game over–TSO wins. They could never record another song as long as I (or they) live and I’ll still treasure them for this moment of absolute cheese. So yeah, there’s your Throwback for the week! Hope this makes the cold weather a little more tolerable. Check back later on for Quickies!

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Quickies: Burzum’s eBay ban, Devin Townsend’s epic group hug, and more

Little bit late on this one, folks–sorry about that! Let’s get right into today’s Quickies. Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

Back for more tomorrow. Check back then!

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.