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Cut Your Flesh and Worship Saisons

Back from San Antonio and the mighty Rites of Darkness III music festival. Photos from the glorious event will have to wait, as Doug still has the camera with him…at work. We were delighted to see that great-tailed grackles were, … Continue reading

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No Birding

The weather was insufficiently gr1m for birding this weekend, so we made beer instead. And I obsessively checked the NWN! forums to watch as Rites of Darkness crumbled into a husk of its former self. But fuck it — from … Continue reading

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Not a Whole Lot of Birding, But a Fair Bit of Metal

The title pretty much sums it up. For a variety of reasons, including a brutal allergy season this spring, I haven’t been on many birding trips in the last couple of months. I did manage to get a fair bit … Continue reading

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Primordial — Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand

To say that I’ve been waiting for this album since I finished my first listen of 2007′s To the Nameless Dead is…putting it mildly. Primordial is really that good — powerful, passionate, furious folk-inflected black metal from Ireland. The rhythm … Continue reading

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An Imperial Stout is the Second-Wave Black Metal of Beers

Reasoning: Brutal and busy, they present a wall of noise/taste that can’t be properly appreciated without some preparation beforehand. When done poorly, both descend into an awful, indecipherable mess or, in the case of A. le Coq Imperial Stout if … Continue reading

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A Double IPA is the Technical Death Metal of Beers

Reasoning: Fanatically beloved by adherents and dismissed as ludicrous wankery by detractors, neither the beer nor the music is for weak-willed pantywaists. Creating both requires a high degree of technical proficiency, and any slacking will result in an unbalanced mixture … Continue reading

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X=Y, or The Beer-Metal Equivalency Matrix

Doug and I have been joking for months about creating a handy guide of beer styles and their metal subgenre counterparts. And now, for some reason lost in the mists of a beer-haze, we’re going to actually start posting these … Continue reading

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Ride The Lightning — the Best Doom Album Never Recorded

Back in 2008, Metallica re-released Ride the Lightning on two discs of 180g 45 rpm vinyl. So of course some wag decided to play it at 33rpm, liked what s/he heard, and ripped it to mp3. This has been kicking … Continue reading

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Moar Lists — Metal albums from 2010

I have a love/hate relationship with year-end lists. First, it requires more organization at the end of the year than I’d normally want to muster. Second, the very minute I ever publish a list, I find some other book or … Continue reading

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Sahg — III

Sahg is a band who has never met a Tony Iommi riff it didn’t like — and this isn’t a flaw by any stretch, considering how engaging this band is. Fabulous old-school metal/rock that is simply a shit-ton of fun … Continue reading

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