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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Egregore on new album “The Word of His Law,” letting the music do the talking, and more!

Egregore
Image courtesy of Max Montesi

As far as debuts go, The Word of His Law from Canada’s Egregore is a masterclass in black and death metal shrouded in mysticism, death, and occult themes. The use of synth, chanting, and even neofolk serve as vessels to enhance the experience and make for a unique outing. Buke recently sat down with Egregore to discuss the new album and how it came to be. They also discussed the band’s musical journeys, as well as the importance of letting the music speak for itself and preference for the listeners to draw their own conclusions and opinions about it. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.

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Initial Descent: May 1 – 7, 2022

God Mother
God Mother – image courtesy of Annie Månsson

Draft day was last week, it’s finally warm, we’re still getting an obscene amount of good metal, and, needless to say, all this makes me happy. And, the fact that it’s Monday doesn’t phase me one bit. Alright then, new metal and we got it and you need it so dig in and see what’s up this week…everyone’s favorite d-beat-grind-hardcorists God Mother are back with an absolute steamroller of an EP, the undisputed kings of power doom, Ufomammut, grace us with a killer album, Tzompantli offers up a very unique and very heavy take on death-doom, Tenebro goes whole hog on the Italian horror movie love by way of gritty and nasty death metal, and there’s an unbelievably long list that follows to entertain any tastes. No excuses, go get them. Oh, want to see your band here in the future? Get in touch, contact info awaits on the about page. See you here throughout the week…

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CANTO: Rotting Christ, Mournful Congregation, Tribulation, and More

Lots of fun stuff emerged today!

  • And we’ll lead off with Mournful Congregation. The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I EP is coming on May 27th through 20 Buck Spin, and a preview of that effort is ready for your consumption here.
  • From there, we should probably check out the new digital single from Tribulation, titled “The Dhampir”, which is meant to serve as a final sequel to Where the Gloom Becomes Sound. Give it a listen here.
  • Vile Creature and Bismuth dropped a surprised collaboration, A Hymn of Loss and Hope. This project was originally set for the 2020 edition of Roadburn, and now they’ve regrouped on it for the 2022 festival. Awesome.
  • Conjurer unveiled a new video, the first of a couple we’ll share today. Check out the clip for “Rot” here. Pathos is out on July 1st through Nuclear Blast.
  • We’re going to end the day with the awesome new single from Rotting Christ, which features Lars Nedland of Borknagar. It’s titled “Holy Mountain”, and it is all kinds of fun. This happens to be exactly what I needed in my life today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Mörk Gryning, Predatory Light, Swallow The Sun, and More

Apparently April is officially the month of four day work weeks for me. Not gonna fight it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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