CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (June 14, 2019)

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Welcome back to Cursed Imagery! If you missed our debut post last week, this series focuses on poking fun at metal album artwork on a maybe-weekly, long-term-more-likely-monthly basis. If you missed our post last week, you also missed me crying “plagiarism!” over the artwork for a particular single, without realizing that said single was a cover from the artist I’d thought had been plagiarized. Good ol’ me — eh, guys?

Welp, onward and upward — and hopefully minus the need for any mea culpas this time! Our highlights from today’s crop of new releases are after the jump!

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 84 (6.15.2019)

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Beware the Ides of June.  That’s how that phrase goes right?  Yeah, don’t bother looking it up, I nailed it.  It’s hard to believe that in just two weeks this year will officially be half over.  We’ve been treated to so much good music the last six months, and there’s plenty more coming down the pipeline.  As always, we here at good old 9C have compiled some of the best of those for you in our weekly mixtape playlist alongside the other good stuff we’ve been jamming.  Take a look below and see what suits you.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Redbait and Monkey Shoulder

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Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Redbait’s Cages and Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whiskey.   Continue reading

Album Review: The Austerity Program – “Bible Songs 1”

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For anyone who has ever tried to dramatize Bible stories, especially for movies, the first and often most important challenge is how to fill in gaps from the text so it makes sense to modern audiences. Usually these are narrative gaps, but certainly as ancient bits of myth making, the psychologies of its characters are rarely, if ever explored. This practice of using, as Wil Gafney calls it, “sanctified imagination” goes back more than a thousand years to the rabbinic tradition of midrash. But what happens when the stories we explore are violent, unstable and predatory? Well, you get Bible Songs 1 from The Austerity Program.   Continue reading

CANTO: Baroness, Sabaton, Archspire, and More

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It’s hot out. I don’t feel like going for a run. But I must.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb