Nine Circles ov… Re-Issues (the 2015 Edition)

2015 saw plenty of reissues. Nearly fifty by my count. And, because most websites are dying for new content and clicks, many of those albums went unnoticed. We covered a few but, much like the fate of other sites,we weren’t able to adequately cover them all. In some cases, the reissues were merely previously self-released albums getting a look on an actual label. At other times, historic albums were getting remastered and re-issued giving fans a chance to get to know their favorite works better. So today we take a look at the Nine best reissues from 2015. None of these albums made my year end list so it’s going to be a nice way to give some recognition to labels and PR folks who work their tails off trying to remind people these albums are fantastic. And, yes, these will be ranked. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 4, 2015

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Hey, another last-minute, big-name album on the horizon. Congratulations to Sunn O))) on leaving things ’til the VERY last minute!

Y’know, I really shouldn’t slag these December releases off, because a certain such release from last year ended up being one of my favorite albums of 2014. But still, generally speaking…why, bands? Why? I promise you, the first 11 months of the year are just as good as December. Seriously.

Anyway, Corey and I are in full-on Best-of-’15 mode on the podcast ’til the end of the year, so barring something totally mind-blowing, we likely won’t be talking about any of these. (Sorry, kids, our lists are more or less set.) But that said, there’s still some stuff that might be worth a listen or two. Take a look:
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Album Review: Abominator – “Barbarian War Worship”

Earlier this year Australian war lords Abominator released Evil Proclaimed (review here.) That album was the amalgamation of over twenty-five years of development as a band. It also was the band’s first full-length effort in nearly a decade. Evil Proclaimed was a mature release showing that a band could change very little while focusing and honing their skills to write brutally efficient and bewitching tracks of blackened death metal. Drawing on that upswing in recognition, Nuclear War Now! Productions took it upon themselves to re-issue Barbarian War Worship, a compilation of demo tapes. It’s a great history of one of the more unknown and underrated bands on the blasphemous scene that is blackened death metal and bestial/war metal. Continue reading

Best of Q2: Manny-O-War’s List

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Another three months has flown by. Here we are, halfway through yet another year of metal releases and real life. Theoretically, we all should be a few months older and wiser by now but we all know that is a bunch of malarkey. What we are is slightly more confused about what we are, who we are and what our purpose is in this world. Well, I can tell you one thing: a noble purpose is to consume absurd amounts of art. So this year, consume absurd amounts of metal and remember, as always, to Hail Satan!

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Album Review: Abominator – “Evil Proclaimed”

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Black metal has become nearly as big a genre as metal itself. And fans of black metal have so many varied and different types to choose from: atmospheric, ambient, blackened death, black thrash, pagan black, progressive black, symphonic black, and…well, you get the picture. It’s nearly impossible to find music that is simply BLACK METAL being made these days. Well on that front, we’ve been blessed this year with not only what is arguably Archgoat’s best release to date, but now as well we have Abominator, another veteran of the scene, releasing what is arguably their best work to date in the new album, Evil Proclaimed. Continue reading