Album Review: Tethra — “Empire of the Void”

 

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Melodic death/doom quintet Tethra, hailing from Novara, Italy, return with their stellar third full-length, Empire of the Void.  It focuses on two vast realms explored through lyrical themes and creative instrumentation; the boundless internal plights of human nature and the breadth of the human soul, and the expansiveness and surreal wonders of space.  Its track titles hold a celestial theme while its instrumentation evokes heavy human emotions.  While mainly exemplifying doom metal, the band is also a master of death metal and many compositions are a delightful death/doom hybrid. Continue reading

Album Review: Jonathan Hultén — “Chants From Another Place”

Illuminated only by the stars in the night sky, a spirit dances out of a forest to guide you on a mystical journey through barren valleys, sparkling waters, and quiet mountain tops.  Jonathan Hultén‘s latest work of art and debut solo studio album, Chants From Another Place, brings listeners to magical places on an adventure filled with darkness, hopes, dreams, life, death, and rebirth.  The album is full of emotion and rises and falls in gentle cascading currents. Continue reading

Album Review: Angellore — “Rien Ne Devait Mourir”

Finally re-emerging from the shadows after four years of silence and hard work in the studio, Angellore is releasing their third full-length album.  Rien Ne Devait Mourir perfectly presents the French band’s unique metal infused blend of gothic, doom, post-rock, and folk.  Angellore’s signature sound paints scenes of venturing around old world France, floating through historic graveyards, and wandering down cobblestone paths into sacred natural spaces. Continue reading

Album Review: Blessed Black – “Beyond the Crimson Throne”

Up and coming doom metal band, Blessed Black, made a powerful kick-down-the-door type of entry into the metal scene with their debut two-track EP Beyond the Crimson Throne and now return to flesh those two tracks out into a full length album of the same name.  The group, formed in 2017, is comprised of four very skilled musicians from Ohio.  Since the band’s start, they have worked tirelessly to develop their sound and produce a pretty killer debut album.  Beyond the Crimson Throne showcases the musicians’ technical talents through catchy riffs, guitar and vocal harmonization, crisp drum lines, and bass lines that beg for head banging. Continue reading

Best of 2019: Angela’s List

Best of 2019

Most of us are eager to dart into 2020 and leave 2019 in our wakes.  While I’m ready for a fresh start and a new year, I want to linger in 2019 a little longer to savor the musical releases.  Many wonderful albums were released this year which made narrowing down and ranking my top picks a challenge.  The albums that ended up on this list are albums that resonated with me—albums that I kept revisiting, I kept blasting through headphones, and kept giving me goosebumps.

I decided to pick 9 albums in honor of Nine Circles and this wonderful community that welcomed me in this year.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading