Rainbows in the Dark: Mortifero — “The Death Ballads”

Mortifero - The Death Ballads

Fresh blood on the scene is always a good thing.  It keeps the older bands on their toes and it brings in new and exciting perspectives, especially if those perspectives come from people who don’t often have their voices heard in the metal and metal-adjacent communities.  However, 2020 was not a year that I thought many new projects would be popping up, but then again, the world is full of pleasant surprises, especially when it comes to Dutch singer/songwriter/bandleader Mortifero.  Her brand-new debut EP The Death Ballads blends a lot of creative influences that definitely keep things fresh.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 179 (5.1.2021)

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Greetings, fellow travelers of the path, and welcome to another Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This time around, we’ve got a slew of death metal tracks, BIG|BRAVE’s noisy, glorious sludge, a little Alcest, and some classic Tom Waits & newer Steve Von Till to round things out. Check it out below.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Meridian Dawn and Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Blueberry Maple Stout

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hello friends!  We made it through another week and that definitely deserves a cheers.  It is time to drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offerings:  Meridian Dawn‘s The Pagan Poetry EP and Saugatuck Brewing Company‘s Blueberry Maple Stout.

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Embracing the Descent: April 25 – May 1, 2021

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Spotty this column may be, but fulfillments go unfilled, expectations ain’t what they used to be, and so on and so forth. So, expect the unexpected or whatever. Anyway, there’s a handful that flipped a switch this week and I had some extra time and here we are. Oh, and one from a couple weeks ago because…reasons. Try these on for size and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.

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Nine Circles ov…Recent Albums I Only Have Time to Review in One Sentence…Part III?

I mean…it may be Part III, but who’s keeping The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 178 (4.24.2021)Nine track? Anyway, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and the metals are flying fast and furious enough that there’s a veritable cornucopia of releases worth your time. I mean, not my time…I’ve been busy, you know? Work, um…more work… that one YouTube video I’ve benn playing on repeat forever (it’s this one, by the way).

Really there’s no excuse for not enlightening you, the honorable and erudite Nine Circles reader, on my pithy and concise views of what’s been popping’ on the metal threads the last few weeks or months that our staff haven’t already covered. So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… sit down and fasten those seatbelts as I once again provide one-sentence reviews of stuff that’s been floating my proverbial boat.

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