CANTO: Wolves In The Throne Room, Obsidian Kingdom, Tomorrow’s Rain, and More

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“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Amorphis, Dimmu Borgir, Rotting Christ, Winterfylleth, and More

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I’m very tired. Let’s see what lurks in the inbox on this fine Monday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Domination Festival, Rocklahoma, Wolves in the Throne Room, and More

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I want a new camera. Just because.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: In Flames, Fire in the Mountains, At The Gates, and More

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On a Friday? In this economy?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Nine Circles ov…”Fixing” The Metal Hammer 40 Best Black Metal Albums…Ever?

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* 8/29 mea culpa: After some robust discussion online I’ve added a new paragraph addressing in part the thorny issue of including “problematic bands” in a list such as this.  Providing proper context is always important, and I failed to do that.  The fault is mine, and I hope the added commentary helps clarify the choices made.

Ah, social media…where would we complain and spit our vitriol over “Best Of” lists if we didn’t have you? Last week’s ire in a buttercup came from Metal Hammer‘s list of “The 40 Best Black Metal Albums Ever” — a post that at its heart really just outlined 40 really good to great albums influential to the genre over the course of three decades. Compiled and with commentary by Dayal Patterson, a man that knows a thing or two about black metal, the article (I’m guessing titled by parent company Louder/Future Pic to generate more clicks — successfully) instead served as fodder for other sites to call out and complain over as well as get the always sensible metal community to froth at the mouth over what was and wasn’t on a list that in all reality serves as a pretty nice introduction to the early evolution of a now expansive and diverse genre.

Well, for this edition of Nine Circles ov…. we show that we’re not above our own cheap commentary, even if it’s at our own expense…   Continue reading