CANTO: Molassess, No Return, Slay at Home Fest, and More

I have somehow emerged from the weekend more tired than before. Huzzah!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: September 20 – 26, 2020

The Ocean

Oh hi. Last week’s list was long but this week’s list is longer. Score. Annnnnd, we’re off… The Ocean has yet to release anything less than stellar and this week’s second Phanerozoic chapter is no exception—expect another epic tour-de-force. If you’re in the camp of saying how much Uada sounds like x band or y band, this week’s third full length will change that as they reach far outside the confines of just black metal and come up with all aces. Speaking of great third full lengths, Svalbard return with what might be their finest post-metal, punk, abrasive yet ethereal moment to date, the amount this band has grown in a short time is unbelievable. Bringing the top four to a close, we have yet another third full length from Lik who bring the Swedeath HEAT. So, exceptional top four here but there’s a ton more to seek out immediately below. Happy hunting.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Kariti — “Covered Mirrors”

I’ve got a Slavic two-for here this week, and we’re also taking it back to what I feel has become The Basics for this column: gentle, mournful, evocative folk music, this time courtesy of the Italian-by-way-of-Russia singer/songwriter/artist Kariti and her soulful debut Covered Mirrors.  While we sometimes stretch our comfort zones in this space, I feel like what I need right now, with fall approaching and the air turning chill, is to vibe with something that is in my wheelhouse, and this album feels like a comfort pick for all the right reasons.

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Blood Red: Hooptober Se7en: Week One

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It’s usually a bit of a mixed bag the opening week of Hooptober, but I managed to front-load some films I was genuinely interested and the results paid off: only one clinker (to my mind) in the mix.  We have to get the header image from last week’s post out of the way, so things kick off with the headtrip that is Frank Henenlotter’s 80s classic Brain Damage before moving on two indie gems: the dread-inducing Lovecraftian plague of The Beach House and the the super-fun DIY sensation of Host.  One of my favorite action directors Timo Tjahjanto revels in his horror roots with the wickedly fun Raimi homage May The Devil Take You…and then there’s Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, which despite being directed by Joe Lynch and starring Henry Rollins falls with a thud for me.  Great axe-splitting opening, though…

So wipe yer damn feet and enter the opening week’s wares for Hooptober 2020.  If you break out in a rash or feel any itching just remember we warned you about the water.  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 147 (9.19.2020)

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Another Saturday and another chance to look behind the veil of what we’ve been jamming recently. Let’s face it, the world is shit right now BUT, shit in, shit out. So, how about we all hit play at the same time and just float away on the ether of the latest from doombringers Pallbearer, or metalcore from Jesus Piece and FINALLY some new Raging Speedhorn. Same can be said for the new Of Feather and Bone joint and a new funeral doom epic from Frowning. All that and some classic 3 Inches of Blood and Power Trip and Vincent drops yet another The Mountain Goats track for good measure. But, that’s only the beginning so hit that play button below and float off somewhere better than where we are at the moment. Happy Saturday.

– Josh