Second Circle: Nechochwen and Predatory Light

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Black metal continues, as it has from the first time I got my ears around it, to be my favorite genre of metal. For all the trappings and headaches it can offer, there is truly nothing like black metal when it is at its best, so I’m always happy to talk it up when I find stuff that speaks to me, and today we’re having yet another two-for-one sale on this here website. Nechochwen‘s Kanawha Black and Predatory Light‘s Death and the Twilight Hours are very unlike each other in style and ethos, but bound together under the sign of the black mark.

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Album Review: Cave In — “Heavy Pendulum”

Cave In - Heavy Pendulum

I think at this point we’re all aware that the last few years of Cave In’s career haven’t been the easiest.  2019’s Final Transmission looked to be just that: the closing of the final chapter of the seminal hardcore band and the end of a remarkable era.  However, as fate would have it, the act of coming together to put the band to bed ended up convincing the foursome that there was still more musical territory to tread.  Heavy Pendulum is more than just the first “proper” Cave In release since 2009; it is a celebration of everything the band has accomplished and a showcase of the tricks they still have up their collective sleeves.

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Album Review: Sadist — “Firescorched”

It’s been a while since I have touched a progressive death metal record – not since Alustrium’s A Monument To Silence – and while I’ve been doing some listening behind the scenes, it struck as odd that I haven’t really been giving one of my favorite death metal subgenres a proper listen. Imagine my delight in finding an album that struck a chord with me the more time I spent with it, becoming more and more experimental and dissonant the further in I ventured. For an album that makes me question where the established line between progression and technicality begins to blur, Sadist’s Firescorched is an impressive feat of musicianship.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Primitive Man and Come Heavy or Not at All

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Rarely do we actually find a drink that perfectly pairs with the tunes at hand, but this time I think we’ve managed the perfect pairing, if you can survive to the end of it.  Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Primitive Man’s Insurmountable and Hubbard’s Cave’s Come Heavy or Not at All.

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Album Review: Dead Register — “Alive”

Dead Register - Alive

Sometimes too much time can go by, and you forget just how damn good something is until you finally get that taste again. Sometimes it’s just the freshness of something you haven’t consumed in forever, and maybe after a few indulgences the flavor begins to fade. Conversely, sometimes it’s Alive, the long awaited sophomore album from Atlanta’s Dead Register and I want to go back to their debut to see if it was as good as I remember but I can’t because that would mean I have to stop listening to this album, and that is not something I’m willing to commit to.

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