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Mister Samhain

I love horror movies, metal and beer. I'm big into supporting the local metal scene and pairing my favorite shit '80s flicks with local craft beers.

Mister Samhain, my pathway to becoming a metalhead + Top 10 bands/albums that got me there

Listening to Kevin’s Mile High Metal Hour Podcast (that he does with fellow metalhead Steve Bogar), their fourth episode was about -after a long sidebar open about current albums- how they came into metal. What was interesting is how similar everyone’s story is with this common pathway to discovering heavier music and how the internet has made it infinitely more accessible.

Summarizing, Kevin sought out heavier music through a friend who gave him suggestions, including a last.fm channel. Then connected the dots with metal bands opening for the likes of GWAR and finally crossing through with power metal, Blind Guardian and Amorphis.

I feel like that is a parallel to many metalheads and their metamorphosis into one. I know it mimics my own pathway.

I grew up a metalhead and didn’t even know it, or embrace it. My dad (as I have come to know) is a pure hard rock guy. I grew up listening to QFM 96 in Columbus, Ohio, hard rock, classic rock Continue reading “Mister Samhain, my pathway to becoming a metalhead + Top 10 bands/albums that got me there”

Catch up on 2017 with these four metal albums

Celebrate metal that didn’t get the big push or the internet buzz like some other albums did in 2017. Power Trip’s Nightmare Logic is great and is a personal favorite of 2017 but maybe these four bands have something for you: new metal you missed.

In no particular order, check these albums out. We got Scottish blackened speed metal, heavy metal, Iranian black metal, and sludge. Take a taste of 2017 with these, especially if you haven’t heard em yet.

Facebook and Bandcamp links included. Go follow. Go listen. Go buy.

Hellripper

Coagulating Darkness

Loving the output from James McBain’s one man blackened speed metal project. Furious Venom influences that you can hear in other bands, but why not hear it again done at lightning speed. Hellripper is worth every moment of Coagulating Darkness. Also weregoat penis on the cover. Extra points.

Satan’s Hallow

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Album Review: Augur – Shadows of the Black Cross

Augur

Popping up seemingly from nowhere, maybe a gate from Hell on Colfax, Denver gained +1 black metal bands with Augur’s debut EP Shadows of the Black Cross. Derek of Metal DP posted their album earlier in the month, with it being visibly black metal of the local variety I was clearly going to check it out.

What does Augur have to offer? Sacrificial music to sacrifice your sacrifices.

The opening of “Wolves” will beautifully lull you before the guitar and drum burst in. This is a proper opener, loud, aggressive, and harsh vocals. The intro is damn good too. “The Eleven” is a sweet spot on the album for me, if you can’t dig this track then I’m losing hope for you. It’s just about three minutes of Augur totally crushing it. Throughout this EP I could hear bits of Emperor, Behemoth, Gorgoroth, to name a few.

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Ask the Band: Grant Netzorg of In the Company of Serpents

Having released a new EP this year and playing a smattering of shows recently I caught up with In The Company of Serpents sludge maestro Grant Netzorg for a quick Q&A about Ain-Soph Aur, their recent show in Dallas and of course talk horror, metal and beer, PLUS spaghetti westerns. Yee-haw and hail Satan.

You guys played your last gig in Dallas, how was the show there and how was Dead to a Dying World?

It was a killer time.  James from Dead to a Dying World orchestrated this show, which was a benefit for ACLU Nationwide, and it was a pleasure to do it.   It’s always great to catch Dead to A Dying world live-  they’re incredibly cathartic, and have an awesome, genuine intensity.

Ain-Soph Aur is out, what would you say the response has been to that? You have to sell a lot of those things yourself, Bandcamp is the only visible gauge the hesher public has for actual sales, and the crowd that comes to the shows.

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Album Review: Weapönizer – Lawless Age

One of my favorites in Denver, Weapönizer, spewed forth their second LP Lawless Age today Here’s some reasons why you should throw dollars at them and go to a show for their take on blackened thrash-crossover-war metal-whatever the fuck.

#1 – If you don’t like it, the songs are quick and the riffs move it along.

#2 – If you do like it, the songs are quick and the riffs move it along.

We open this second full-length Weapönizer with “Malefactor,” mainlined aggression and chaos. This one will surely stir up a pit if it doesn’t stir a metal boner in your pants. It also does not overstay its welcome. The second song, “Hellbound,” had me hooked when it was an early track leading up to the June 30 release. To me it’s a continuation of the first track and viewed Continue reading “Album Review: Weapönizer – Lawless Age”

Album Review: Iceaxe – El Diente

You know what happens when a bunch of bunnies get together? They multiply. Denver’s Nauseating Whiff Records has become a bunch of metal musicians bred a lineup of bands from a small handful of people. They multiply alright, but more along the lines of Gremlins.

My point being, I’m here to tell you about a Thomas Horror blackened doom production, Iceaxe and the debut album, El Diente. Horror plays in Rasha’im, Skeið, Iceaxe, and like 10 other projects, he is the DIY label, top to bottom. So where does Iceaxe fall into this picture?

Taking parts from Ulver, Moonsorrow, Drudkh, Horror’s newest project fills in the gap between the barbarian black metal Skeið and a strictly instrumental act like Fourth Seal. This is mountain metal, stuff that was also inspired by the Lizardhead summit in Continue reading “Album Review: Iceaxe – El Diente”

Movie Review: Pool Party Massacre (2017)

If you’re going to pen a modern day love letter to shitty ’80s horror, you’re going to load up a hefty bag of guts, blood, one-liners and callbacks. Drew Marvick’s Pool Party Massacre is the right combination of slasher throwback, modern day low-budget film making, and savvy marketing. From the poster art, cheesy tag line and blood use, this is an indie effort done right.

Even the title font on the poster is the same as 1982’s Slumber Party Massacre.

You know the basic setups and foreshadowing already, or at least that’s all I could see and hear. If you grew up on a late night TV diet of ’80s slasher flicks, you have some things to feast on. Callbacks, red herrings, and plenty of vapid, awful, disposable characters. I won’t detail too much, but you’ll appreciate them if you can spot them.

Blair Winthorpe’s parents are going out of town and she is going to throw a pool party where there isn’t much pool partying going on. That’s beside the point and one of the things that stuck Continue reading “Movie Review: Pool Party Massacre (2017)”

Album Review: Excommunion – Thronosis

I’ll admit up front I am not a huge death metal fan, my vest would easily prove this as well. I could probably count on close to two hands the number of death metal acts I have on my near and dear old fucking iPod. The ones I listen to regularly, Death, Gorguts and Blood Incantation, are not exactly influences on the newest album from Excommunion, Thronosis. But here I am because of yet another Naas Alcameth band.

Released a week ago (officially), Thronosis is dark and cavernous. I keep hearing Morbid Angel kicked around, one of the only other names I am familiar with enough to say “I can hear that.” But you do not necessarily need to look back on influences to appreciate what came of them. Excommunion kicks ass in their own regard. Their last album, Superion, goes just as hard.

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30 Years of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

I’ve kind of always liked horror movies, especially slashers, and while I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly where it started, I sure as hell can tell you where I was certain that people getting hacked up on screen was my kind of entertainment.

For seven-year-old me there was nothing like a Friday the 13th Marathon on AMC or TNT’s MonsterVision with Joe Bob Briggs. This was before there was a Jason Goes to Hell. So the most recent Jason movies around were Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and Part VII: The New Blood.

The seventh entry into the hockey masked murderer’s series is where I fell in love with slashers. Jason’s mask is iconic, but the look in Part VII was the absolute best. Gnarled from years in Crystal Lake, bones, rotted flesh, the chopped up mask.


This was also Kane Hodder’s first outing as Jason Voorhees and the size and brutality he Continue reading “30 Years of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood”

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