Circle Pit: Albums We Missed Q2, 2019

nine circles circle pit

And just like that, we’re halfway through 2019. Also, nearly into August at this point – late is the name of the game, folks. Anyway, catch our most recent entries into some favorites we have at the halfway point, herehere, and here, then scroll below for a few more we had left to highlight from the second quarter that we either missed or needed to discuss again. It’s been that kind of year to where some things just warrant extra discussion and it shows no stopping or letting up either. Consider this a Circle Pit of two, two enter and two leave…wait. Just do it and maybe you’ll come away with a new favorite. 

Myrath-Shehili

One of my most anticipated albums on my release calendar, I was waiting with bated breath for when Myrath was going to drop their newest album, Shehili. I had previously loved Legacy, so I was expecting something just as good. I was not disappointed; Shehili not only expanded on the themes and music Legacy explored, but it was also a colorful listening experience. As it currently stands, it is one of the most played albums in my library, and one that will most likely be on constant rotation for a while. It is also in the top three albums for AOTY, so we will revisit that when it comes. – Hera

lo-pan - subtle

Here’s an album I was not expecting and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had loved Lo-Pan‘s EP In Tensions; in fact, I played it so much that I can’t listen to it anymore, weird right?. When I heard that these guys were releasing a new album, Subtle, I was ecstatic. It had everything they looked into In Tensions and they also expanded on that gorgeous, fuzzy sound that I became enamored of when I listened to that EP for the first time. I need to relisten and see if I can continue to enjoy it without getting sick of it. – Hera

rammstein_untitled

When Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da came in 2009, I understood who Rammstein were but didn’t have access to their music. It wasn’t until I was in college that I was able to gain an appreciation for the band and proceeded to thoroughly consume as much Rammstein as I could get my hands on. Now, ten years later, Rammstein comes out with a behemoth of a record, one that not only looks at their country’s history (see “Deutchsland”) but also looks at other sordid details of the human condition (see “Puppe” or the rather sordid “Hallomann”). Despite this, Untitled is a highly enjoyable album and one that I have been listening to constantly. Besides, I enjoy reading the translations for each of the songs. – Hera

Cave In - Final Transmission

Grief is a strange thing – you ultimately have to find a way to cope with it without resorting to worse things. For the band Cave In, their way to deal with grief after the passing of their bassist/guitarist Caleb Scofield was completing this album. Final Transmission is an imperfect album, one that is rough around the edges but makes it up through its sheer emotionality. This may have been a late entry in my listening repertoire, but I am going to give it another go. After all, the rough demo at the beginning, “Final Transmission,” is really something I have gravitated towards. – Hera

 

Warforged - I: Voice

Following two banner years for envelope-pushing death metal, I initially felt a relative lack of such releases during the first half of 2019 (with the magnificent exceptions of Equipoise and Allegaeon). Then Chicago’s Warforged arrived and delivered their mind-bending debut full length I: Voice, an astonishing feat equal parts demonic fury and weightless bliss where the core often melts and approaches sublime abstraction, before reintegrating from the brink of annihilation and shape-shifting into something truly terrifying and destructive. The lysergic flow of the songs dissolves any boundaries between the, and imbues the whole with infinite marvel to explore, while new layers and pathways appear upon successive listens. With I: Voice, Warforged claim a central position in the pantheon of truly progressive and visionary death metal and I expect the same to happen when it is time to compile AOTY lists at the end of 2019. – Zyklonius

Whatever you do, pay attention to the next few months of 2019.

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