Nine Circles Ov… Tool

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There are few bands that can unite people across such a vast expanse of musical interests. But, no matter what you’re into, there’s a good chance that if you appreciate musicianship, precise compositions and the shroud of potential lyrical genius, then you probably love Tool. The band was formed out of a challenge. Instead of simply hating on every band in existence, Maynard James Keenan was challenged to take the stage himself and see if he could produce something on par or better than those he stood around lambasting. And he delivered. Maynard used that energy to create something positive: one of the best bands of all time. In today’s day and age that is certainly something to be applauded. With so many ‘experts’ laying in bed tweeting, blogging, Facebooking their hatred for everything produced and lived, it’s a powerful example of putting your reputation where your mouth is. So with that in mind, we take a moment…

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Album Review: All Is Dust And I Am Nothing by Slaves BC

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Concept albums are very hit or miss. The wrong concept can ruin an otherwise great sounding album, while the right concept can elevate an album. Slaves BC’s first full length is a based on the book of Ecclesiastes, one of the stories from the Old Testament. At first glance, using a religious book as a framework for a metal band is risky because everything is supposed to be evil. But when you dig deeper into the story, it makes sense. It’s a story I was unfamiliar with before hearing the album and looking into, but it becomes clear as to why they chose it. Short story is that everything is meaningless. The one aspect of the story I really like is the imagery of nature staying as humanity marches to the grave.

All Is Dust And I Am Nothing is a bleak affair that was written over a 3-4 year…

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#MetalBandcampGiftClub

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The world of metal, like the world in general, is a constant bombardment of shit. Metal news sites and blogs are usually a pile of negativity. There is a lot of “OMG Dave Mustaine said something stupid again!” or “Justin Beiber spotted in a Slayer shirt. Get outraged!”. Most sites that cover metal seem to be more interested in the clicks that negativity and shit talking bring them than actually covering cool things that happen in metal or promoting up and coming bands. How many times can someone really read a ranking of Metallica songs or a post making fun of something the singer from All That Remains said?

Last week, in the midst of a bad night, a friend of mine on Twitter named Jeremiah Nelson (@_jeremiahn on Twitter) decided to go onto Bandcamp and send people gifts from their wishlists, trying to turn his bad night into…

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Giving the Gift of Metal

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“Every time you open Twitter, there’s tragedy, there’s heartbreak, there’s horror. This is the polar opposite.” —Seth Werkheiser

Last week, we saw something unusual and special happen in the world of Bandcamp: a group of fans started the Twitter hashtag #MetalBandcampGiftClub as a way to gift someone a record from their Bandcamp Wishlist. Unlike so many internet memes, this one didn’t die on the vine. It kept growing, attracting more and more enthusiastic followers excited by the idea of sharing records they love with other fans on Bandcamp. Just one week later, there’s a website for the group and enthusiasm for the project continues undimmed. We spoke with the three people behind #MetalBandcampGiftClub—Jeremiah Nelson, Zachary Goldsmith, and Seth Werkheiser—to find out how the hashtag started, and why they think it’s been such a success.

BC: To start, I’d love to know a little bit about each of…

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