Well, October rolled to a stop and we now find ourselves in November. I already miss Halloween. The music must go on! Speaking of music, this week was a little short on new releases but the two I got were tremendous. The new Falkebnach Asa was highly anticipated and did not disappoint. As of now you could just lump all their albums together and it would be one epically long and awesome dose of music. A new Blut aus Nord EP came out this week as well. What Once Was… Liber III was a welcomed return to their crazy form of black metal, especially after my ho hum reaction to their 777 album cycle. Still good stuff, but not Blut aus Nord good. Liber III however is great.
This week the great Lou Reed left us so in honor of his awesomeness I jammed my favorite album of his, Transformer. Besides that I got my thrash on with Kreator and Overkill in preparation for the show next week before diving head first into Halloween mode with some of my all time favorite seasonal albums, then topped it all of with Samhain’s classic November Coming Fire in honor of the new month.
I discovered that there is a little known thing called Nothing But Black Metal November where one listens to nothing but black metal all month long. I don’t know if I can do it but with the new special issue of Decibel featuring the top 100 black metal albums, November is going to be heavily steeped in black metal. Come back next week for the beginning of me working through all 100 albums from their list. Now on to the playlist:
I’m not one to get emotional when a celebrity, particularly a celebrity I like, dies. Lou Reed passed this week and because he was so awesome I jammed his album Transformer a lot this week. I wish there were more musicians like him to fill in.
It seems appropriate to listen to this album again this month. October Falls play a sort of folk inspired, blackened melodic death metal and they do an excellent job of it. I believe this album came in at the tail end of 2012 or very early 2013 and I’ve sort of overlooked it. I think a lot of great albums may go overlooked this year due to the incredible amount of amazing albums that have come out but this one is a pretty solid and a bit different from the standard melodic death metal. As I’m listening to this it’s cold and grey outside which seems almost perfect weather to be listening to this band.
Getting ready for the Kreator/Overkill show next week. I’m hoping to have my face peeled back from the awesome thrash attack these two bands will create. If they play any songs off this album I’m sure my skull will be exposed.
I’m more of a Dio Sabbath fan and I barely listen to this album except for this time of year. Black Sabbath have never sound more evil than they do on this album and the title track still gives me chills. This is the only Ozzy Sabbath album I own and I’m fine with that as I don’t think the Ozzy era ever eclipsed this album.
Halloween was the 30th anniversary of this incredible album. I don’t really know what else there is to say about Mercyful Fate/King Diamond except that if you’re into metal music and don’t know this album… you need to fix that.
Csejthe – Réminiscence
Falkenbach – Asa
Death Rides a Horse – Tree of Woe
Panopticon/Vestiges – Split
Blut aus Nord – What Once Was… Liber III
Amiensus – Restoration
Waldgefluester – Fermundsmarka – Eine Reise in Drei Kapiteln
Panopticon/Wheels Within Wheels – Split
When Bitter Spring Sleeps – Coven of the Wolves
Kreator – Coma of Souls
Kreator – Terrible Certainty
Overkill – Feel the Fire
King Diamond – Abigail II: The Revenge
Calabrese – The Traveling Vampire Show
Calabrese – They Call Us Death: Calabrese III
Howling – A Beast Conceived
Witch Mountain – Cauldron of the Wild
The Misfits – 12 Hits From Hell
Blitzkid – Apparitional
Marduk – Heaven Shall Burn… When We Are Gathered
Ghost – Opus Eponymous
Ghoul – Transmission Zero
Samhain – November Coming Fire
Stay Creepy My Friends!