Second Circle: Sxuperion and Corpsehammer

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.

Ah, the EP.  Loose in definition but clear in concept, it’s the not-quite-a-full-length musical execution that doesn’t always get the praise it deserves.  Whether you want to explore a conceptual or musical theme that doesn’t fit within the framework of your band’s identity, or you have some leftovers that didn’t make the album but you hesitate to relegate to a B-side, the idea behind the EP is fascinating.  So for this edition of Second Circle I wanted to focus on two new releases that fit the mold of maintaining a unifying theme over the course of their brief run time.  So let’s knuckle down and talk about Sxuperion and Corpsehammer.   Continue reading

Second Circle: Shaman Ritual and Ruby the Hatchet

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.

It’s been a week, folks.  And when it’s been a week like this particular week has been, you use music for different things. There were moments when I needed it to be loud, abrasive, and aggressive enough  to drown out the anger and rage and sadness, and there were moments when I needed it to bring me to a safe place, a place where I could float away and get lost.  Shuffling through the new and upcoming releases, I kept coming back to two albums that managed to do the job, so for this edition of the Second Circle let’s plunge into the depths with Shame Ritual and Ruby the Hatchet.   Continue reading

Second Circle: Leng Tch’e and BLK OPS//Cave Bastard

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.

For this edition of Second Circle we are taking a look at Leng Tche‘s Razorgrind and a Split between BLK OPS and Cave Bastard. A perfect fit for a Monday so follow me to get your grind on. Continue reading

Second Circle – Qrixkuor and Weregoat

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.

“Something old, something new.”  Usually you hear that phrase at weddings, usually followed by “something borrowed and something blue.” Today I am officiating a marriage of two offerings of some of the filthiest death metal I have heard all year, two bands whose sound borrows from no one and whose albums will leave you anything but blue.   Continue reading