A secular haze descended over Denver on the 18th of April. Ghost B.C. headlined their North American tour with Ides of Gemini and local Denver boys Speedwolf opening the set. This was a much-anticipated tour stop for me as I have come to greatly appreciate the groovy styles and satanic bliss known as Ghost B.C. After having seen them at Download 2012, I vowed to catch their shows any chance I can. This was definitely an opportunity I was not going to miss for two reasons; 1 – they were supporting their new album Infestissumam; 2 – they were headlining and I wanted to experience all of Ghost B.C.’s grandeur. From here on out, I will refer to them as (just) Ghost.
Death Knell is defined two ways; 1. Something that heralds death or destruction and 2. A bell rung to announce a death. For the purpose of 21 Days of Doomsday, we’ll go with definition #2. It is lights out; time to ring the bell for humankind…an experiment gone bad…dead at the hands of (most likely) ourselves.
Ok enough of that. It was fun making a list for doomsday at the expense of the Mayans who probably just decided they had gone far enough and wanted to focus on other things. Perhaps they were wiped out, who knows? The bottom line is that we will all wakeup on the 22nd and prepare to spend the end of 2012 in a festive manner fitting to your culture. We hope you enjoyed this particular countdown, it’s the only time it is going to happen. There probably could have been a better #1 out there, but Death Knell defined seemed so appropriate. Have a good, hopefully uneventful, night.
To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!
If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example. I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists. I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like. Thank you for tuning in this year. We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!
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In recent years retro bands have been popping up quite a bit, mainly in the thrash metal and 70’s prog department. I’ve asked myself, “with all this retro going on, why isn’t anyone going back to the era godfathers of metal, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, The Doors, ect.?” Well one could argue that bands like St. Vitus and some other doomy and sludgy stoner metal bands do so, but none of them, while really good in their own right, really capture the real feel that Black Sabbath and Co. had. Blame it on modern production, being a bit too heavy, or lack of being melodic or catchy, none could really pull it off. Sweden’s Ghost have come to put an end to all that and they succeed with flying colors on their debut album Opus Eponymous. And they’re pretty big fans of Satan.