Hello, friends! It’s that time again. (Well, technically, it’s two-days-past that time again, because the first of the month fell on a Saturday and nobody really wants to read blogs over the weekend.)
In any case, it’s May now! And with April dead and buried, it’s time to look back at its album art lowlights. We’ve got ten fresh picks for you to sink your teeth into… and then promptly spit out because they taste several-weeks-past-their-sell-by-dates. Let’s jump on in, shall we?
It’s not today as I’m writing this. As such, I’ve got a new bottle of Private Barrel Select Russell’s Reserve to get into so there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing more on a select few of the albums in this new release list later this week. That’s how I roll. Sometimes. Anyway, new stuff, we got it and you need it. First up is the outstanding new album from Vokonis who have come a loooong way since their debut, next up is Herzschlager who share members with another bearded bunch of beasts and subsequently have a beast of their own on a new EP, then we’ve got some dirty speed metal from Poisöned Speed and, honestly, who doesn’t love dirty speed metal… and bringing up the rear of top slots is Osiah and whether you call them death metal, deathcore, or just Satan’s death car, it all fits. Go and do the thing.
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.
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.
My favorite bar is open again and therefore everything is wonderful.
As is always the case on a Friday, we have a whole bunch of new songs and videos to share. So on that note, we will start with Killer Be Killed. Reluctant Hero dropped last November through Nuclear Blast, and today they gave us a new video for “Animus”, a track taken from that album.
And it seems like a good call to wrap up the week with the new single and video from At The Gates. We knew something was brewing (side note: that reminds me it’s time for a beer) for awhile, and this doesn’t disappoint. This is “Spectre of Extinction”, taken from The Nightmare of Being. That album is out July 2nd through Century Media.