Melodic, symphonic, and atmospheric walk into a bar and proceed to drunken obliteration with their new found friend, ripping black metal – such is the case with the UK’s Necronautical on their upcoming third full length Apotheosis. This smorgasbord is nothing new, of course, but the band’s approach to it is staggering and a damn joy to experience, to say the least. Debut Black Sea Misanthropy was a melodic, aggressive, and catchy first effort but while it was very confident in itself it lacked a stone cold identity. Then on The Endurance At Night the band awakened their symphonic third eye and abruptly fixed the identity crisis while keeping a firm hold on their striking power. Now, the lessons learned result in an epic and majestic 50 minutes of black metal that borrows equally from those barflys we met earlier and as cliche as this may seem, Apotheosis is unique, immersive, and captivating. Ahead of the album’s release, we reached out with our set of Profile questions and Naut (vocals, guitar, keys) answered the call with a fury. Head below to see how it went down and DO NOT miss the preorder on this one, links are contained within. Continue reading
Today has been, in a word, brutal.
- Allegaeon have announced the second leg of their headlining tour supporting the release of Apoptosis. The dates are in October and November and focus more on the left side of the country. Support is in the form of Paladin and Inferi.
- This news dropped yesterday and I totally missed it. Mayhem are releasing their sixth studio album on October 25th. The record will be called Daemon, and pre-orders start on August 30th. Somehow it has already been over five years since Esoteric Warfare dropped.
- It’s been some 20 years since Mr. Bungle performed, and that streak is about to end. For three dates in February – the 7th in Los Angeles, 8th in San Francisco, and 10th in NYC – original Mr. Bungle members Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn, and Trey Spruance will be joined by Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo to perform The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny.
- Ram have dropped a new video and single called “Blades of Betrayal”. This one is taken off of the upcoming new record titled The Throne Within, which drops on September 13th via Metal Blade.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I’m very tired. Let’s see what lurks in the inbox on this fine Monday.
- Amorphis and Dimmu Borgir have announced an awesome co-headlining tour. The bad news? Only European dates so far – and there aren’t even many of those. Still, if your schedule allows it, you should dabble. Oh, and did I mention Wolves In The Throne Room will be supporting? Yeahhhhh.
- In other tour news, Rotting Christ have had to back out of their performance at Psycho Las Vegas due to issues obtaining work visas. Shit happens. Not an easy process and changing band members only makes it more challenging. The blame, however, was directed entirely at the band and label by the festival team. From their account, they claim RC/Season of Mist waited way too long to submit their applications. The label owner responded with very good points. It’s all very dramatic.
- In today’s random news, you can see the Slayer logo on NASCAR driver JJ Yeley’s car this weekend. Honestly, it’s a collaboration that kinda makes sense. Regardless, I’m not a NASCAR fan, so I’m going to forget about this basically as soon as I finish typing it.
- Next month, specifically September 13th, Winterfylleth will be releasing a live album/DVD through Candlelight called The Siege of Mercia. The footage was taken from their performance at Bloodstock back in 2017. For a preview, check out their performance of “The Swart Raven” below. This is awesome, but I really really need to see them live eventually.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Last week was bit of a blur what with all the news items and “theories,” Tool takes and thinkpieces keep coming in by the truck load, and Gatecreeper dropped a ballad off their upcoming album…a ballad. New week and new metal, so let’s do that.
Cerebral Rot go the caveman death metal route (in this case, a very good thing) on their debut, Devourment break a six year silence with their trademark brutal-techy-slammy death metal, Unburnt unleash blackened death metal hell across their four track EP, and Dialith bring unbridled symphonic power on their debut full length. Focus on this week and forget last week but don’t put away the popcorn just yet.
On Friday, Lazerdiscs Records announced Introspection, the debut album from French synth act Billy Mays Band. Over the album’s eight tracks, producer Kevin — nope, he’s not actually named Billy Mays — concocts an entertaining blend of synthwave and retro guitar rock. In an increasingly crowded synth landscape, it winds up being quite a memorable listen.
Ahead of the album’s release on August 30, Nine Circles is pleased to share a premiere of Introspection‘s second track, “Videostore.” Hit the jump to give it a listen!Continue reading