CURSED IMAGERY: The Month in Album Art (April 2021)

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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?

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Initial Descent: May 2 – 8, 2021

Vokonis – courtesy of RH Foto

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.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Mortifero — “The Death Ballads”

Mortifero - The Death Ballads

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.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 179 (5.1.2021)

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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.

– Vincent

CANTO: At The Gates, Killer Be Killed, The Ember, The Ash, and More

My favorite bar is open again and therefore everything is wonderful.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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