Rainbows in the Dark is back once again in force. Even in years where there is seemingly an avalanche of great metal albums released, it is necessary to make sure that you don’t get new release tunnel vision and miss out on some great albums from across the rest of the genre spectrum. To that end, I’d like to talk about my love for ambient music and a great release from earlier in the year by Chicago’s Trevor de Brauw. Continue reading →
The relationship between music and darkness is as old as memory. Certainly the first humans to look up into the vastness of the night sky must have intoned some kind of hymns to the black, whether in abject fear or awe. The swirling dark is practically synonymous with metal — just check the number of band names with the word “Dark” or “Night” or “Black” in them. But true darkness lives in thought, in reflection and circumspection, and Junius have over the course of their recorded output gazed further and farther into the abyss, and Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light, their latest and concluding album in a conceptual trilogy is a dizzying ride through the human spirit as it confronts and moves past the specter of death. It’s also a hell of an album. Continue reading →
The weekend, FINALLY. For those of us who actually have weekends off you know it’s something we look forward to and for those of you that never get a weekend off my heart goes out to you, seriously. Whether you’re off or working or whatever, thank you for stopping by and we have a killer bunch of releases to get to so, shall we? In pole position this week is The Year the Stars Fell from Twilight Fauna and on this release black metal collides with emotional heft, Appalachian themes and astoundingly heavy atmosphere that transcends music in a general sense and goes straight for the heart and mind, give yourself over to this album completely and the reward will be monumental. Next up is Memoriam with For the Fallen and honestly this record gives me chills for a couple reasons: the tie in with Bolt Thrower and just how damn good it is, definitely recommend you seek it out (see below). Carrying on, Pallbearer hits us with Heartless, their third full length, and not only have they matured over their last album but they’ve incorporated progressive rock elements to better balance the mournful melodies the band has become known for — it’s early still but this may well be their best. Last but not least is the absolute skull crushing aggression Sloth Herder lays down on their debut full length No Pity, No Sunrise which combines black metal with grindcore and serves as a nice counterpoint to the albums we’ve already mentioned. And as usual, thats not all so take a deeper dive after the jump. Continue reading →
Welcome back, dear readers. Did you miss me? I hope my trusty compatriot Zyklonius kept you in good company from last week. I know I thoroughly enjoyed his take on this column. If you happened to miss last week’s Evcharist, I would highly recommend you catch yourself up. Either way, it’s good to be back, and I’ve got some great stuff lined up for this week. The Metal: Dodecahedron’s Kwintessens. The Booze: Campanology Brewing’s Adventurous Stranger.Continue reading →
I swear it feels like the amount of music released increases exponentially year to year. What’s even more surprising is how much of it is actually pretty damn good. Metal had a great showing in 2016 and judging by the first few months it looks like 2017 has the potential to be even bigger. I’m sure it’s obvious, but as much as we want to cover everything in a timely fashion… well, we are but a few humble writers in a veritable ocean of albums, and the waves are only getting bigger. You can see the quandary, no?
NO? WHADDYA MEAN, NO?!
Well, for the sake of our sanity humor me, please. The Nine Circles staff are Scaling Mount Purgatory to bring you a few albums we missed in the hopes you don’t do the same. There’s something here for everyone so tag along as we begin our ascent. Breathe the rarified air, take it all in, it’s worth it.