Album Review: Death Angel – “Humanicide”

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The joke is that thrash never changes.  It is what it is, and its steadfast adherence to the tenants of its genre are what make thrash, well…thrash.  And over the course of the six albums released during their re-emergence, Death Angel continue to hold fast that line of blistering precision and aggression, with new album Humanicide fitting comfortably in with their previous output.  Maybe consistent is a a more apt descriptor, as there’s little to differentiate any of the songs from previous albums, but when the quality is this high that’s hardly a complaint. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Allegaeon was April 2019’s Album of the Month!

We’re back, and in (almost) trio format! Think of it as Rush when they were a blues band, or like a bunch of folks with no idea what they’re doing but enthusiastic about it anyway, the Album of the Month series keeps on a-rolling, with Allegaeon taking the honors thanks to their unbridled guitar-wheedling fury that is Apoptosis – our Album of the Month selection for April 2019!
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Album Review: Arch/Matheos – “Winter Ethereal”

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No one crafts a vocal melody like John Arch.  No one.  It’s not just his ability to hit these ridiculous high notes and carry them, something that doesn’t seem to have lost its power more than 30 years after I first heard his voice on Awaken the Guardian.  It’s the way he fashions his lyrical lines, almost (but not quite) cramming them into a cadence that never follows the riff, but always complements it, no matter how unexpected it turns.  That’s the cornerstone of what made his time in Fates Warning unique, and it’s what makes Winter Ethereal, the second full length from Arch/Matheos such a dynamic powder keg of an album. Continue reading

Album Review: Lo-Pan – “Subtle”

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Somewhere in the tangle of stoner metal and hard rock, where the sinew of heavy distortion meets the sweet muscle of melody and hook, lay the spark of what just might be my favorite kind of music.  Hard, biting, but never afraid to grab onto a hook and hold on for dear life.  Sometimes you want to roar and smash your head, and sometimes you just want to close your eyes, reach out to the universe and sing along loud enough to let it know you exist, you matter, and you feel the connection the music brings.

The point being, again (for those that missed it the last time): Lo-Pan.  Specifically their new album Subtle, which is anything but when it comes to my adoration for it. Continue reading

Album Review: Spirit Adrift – “Divided By Darkness”

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Fashions may come and go, but everything popular has a thread stretching back to the foundation, the root if you will.  Metal is no different, and it’s heartening to see bands more and more proudly display that connection back to the roots of the genre.  Spirit Adrift have never been a band to mask their influences, and on new album Divided By Darkness they take the torch of what outlets have been calling “traditional metal” and burn away the quotation marks, leaving a raging, unbridled classic sound that can only be called heavy metal. Continue reading