CANTO: Recall The Remains, Batushka, Perennial Isolation, and More

Oh look, the start of a new week… which will be the same as the last week, and the week before…

  • Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) has announced a really cool box for fans of the Metal Blade roster. It will be called VMP Anthology: The Story of Metal Blade, and includes an 8 album, 9 disc set featuring classics from King Diamond, Gwar, Amon Amarth and obviously others. Learn more and snag your copy here.
  • The Bartłomiej Krysiuk version of Batushka (see also: Bartushka), has a new mini album titled ЦАРЮ НЕБЕСНЫЙ scheduled for a March 19th release through Witching Hour Productions. The most recent single from that album, “ПИСЬМО I / PISMO I”, is available for your listening pleasure now.
  • I need some atmospheric black metal in my life tonight, which is where Perennial Isolation comes in. Portraits is out on March 26th through Non Serviam Records, but the latest single, “The Silent Solace” can be streamed here.
  • Recall The Remains dropped a new single and video recently, titled “The Night Will Bleed”, taken from Dead Dreams. That EP is scheduled for a release this coming Friday, but the video is available immediately below if you want to get your metalcore/deathcore on this evening.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CURSED IMAGERY: The Month in Album Art (February 2021)

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Welcome back! It’s a new month, and you know what that means: time to look back at some funnies from the old month. And fellow art criticism aficionados, let me tell you: despite being the shortest month of the year, February 2021 was absolutely stacked for ridiculous album covers. The more-than-1000 albums / singles / EPs released over the last 28 days (per Metal-Archives) yielded a “long list” of 30 albums. And man, it was difficult as shit whittling that list down to the 10 that ultimately made the cut. Do not think for a minute that the following albums are the only ones worth giggling over this month; February was a veritable treasure trove. These just happen to be the best of the best.

Anyway. Let’s take a look at ’em now, shall we?

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Initial Descent: February 28 – March 6, 2021

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Change blows. I hate change when it hits somewhat close to home. Generalities here as no one cares about the details, but let me just say that if change finds you and there’s nothing you can physically do about it, don’t let it eat you up. Embrace it and move on as life is too short. Anyway, the only change to endure here is a new batch of fresh metal and again, we’ve got tons of it; death metal from vastly different ends of the spectrum from Baest, Bonecarver, and Exanimis, then a rather gazey post-metalish outing from Som. All of these are excellent in their own ways and are can’t miss efforts, but that’s definitely just the beginning so keep reading and explore everything else. And, don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone simply due to genre tags. You might miss something crazy good. Enjoy the hunt and we’ll be seeing you throughout the week.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Ionophore — “Knells”

Here we are with another non-metal release that I think is interesting and fitting for the physical and emotional climate.  Things are starting to warm up over here, piles of snow are melting and the sun is shining brighter and longer as the days go on, and yet, there’s still a vaguely distressing sense of dread that sort of spoils the peace and ambiance that naturally comes with winter standing on its last legs.  If you want to know what the exact soundtrack to that feeling is, look no further than Ionophore and their fourth ambient, avant-garde album Knells.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 170 (2.27.2021)

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It’s Saturday afternoon here on the east coast and before too long it’ll be an actual weekend for me. Hope the same for you. And, to go along with that, we’ve got another playlist tailor made for weekend vibes; I’ve got new stuff from Timo Ellis and Portal of Pazuzu, Chris has some King Gizzard and Transylvania Stud, Vince brings The Ruins of Beverast, Ian drops Astronoid and Loathe, and Angela showcases YOB and Ahab. Stacked playlist to be sure, but there’s way more included so jump in and enjoy….

– Josh