Visions ov Hell: Qoheleth – “SXSG”

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They say that bad times make for great art, and while I don’t dispute the claim, I sure wish we didn’t need to turn the world into a garbage fire of greed and hate in order to get some great records.  We don’t, of course: plenty of great music comes from places not embroiled in the dark and cold recesses of humanity’s id, but Qoheleth have taken the fires that have stoked the outrage and protests of the last year and half and crafted a monster of an ambitious record in Black Kite Broadcasts, the follow-up to last year’s monolith of noise God Is The Warmest Place to Hide.  To that end Nine Circles is proud to once again be the place to premier a visual track from the new record as well as highlight the efforts of our friend and co-contributor Jeremy Hunt, so let’s get right into the mayhem of “SXSG” after the jump. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Qoheleth – “Brood of Vipers”

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One of the things that draws me (even as I admit my inability to fully understand it) to noise acts is their never-ending search to integrate unique soundscapes into the narrative what we call a “song.”  This searching often extends out from the music to the visual representations of said songs, and Qoheleth have made an art out of integrating reality and cultural obsessions into their work, whether its the spiritual commentary that binds together debut album God Is the Warmest Place to Hide or in their latest video for the track “Brood of Vipers” which presents a home invaded by a wash of cultural noise – in this case animated .gifs.   Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Hallatar – “Mirrors”

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Welcome to Monday, let’s get our doom on, shall we? For this Visions ov Hell edition we are taking a look at Hallatar‘s first video “Mirrors” which is from their upcoming full length No Stars Upon the Bridge. It’s a video, and song, that matches the dark and heartbreaking story of the band’s creation and the need to highlight the life of a loved one and is some of the most heartfelt doom metal you’re likely to hear. Check it out after the jump. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Broken Hope – “The Carrion Eaters”

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In case you missed it, Broken Hope will be releasing their seventh full length, Mutilated and Assimilated, on June 23 via Century Media. And for this edition of Visions ov Hell we have the lead off track/video “The Carrion Eaters” for your Monday morning good vibe necessity. And since it’s Memorial Day hopefully you’re off of work but for those of us who are not, we are here to save the day, so to speak. It’s been four years since their last full length and let’s face it, they didn’t burn the woods down with Omen of Disease but on first blush it seems the band is back in fighting stance with that signature death metal groove and a nasty video to go with it. Keep reading to get a taste of some Carrion. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Qoheleth – “Advance of Inhumanity”

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We’ve seen music as catharsis, music as rage incarnate, and – all too often – music as opportunistic money grabs, which is odd considering nine times out of ten “success” in metal simply means maybe you can cut your other job down from 40 hours a week to maybe 20.  So it’s not only refreshing but vital to see the myriad expressions of noise band Qoheleth navigate the thorny issues of faith as it collides against the realities of the modern world and the blocking power of strict doctrine using a variety of media.  But since this is Visions ov Hell, we’ll focus for now on their debut video “Advance of Inhumanity.”  Continue reading