The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Allegaeon was April 2019’s Album of the Month!

We’re back, and in (almost) trio format! Think of it as Rush when they were a blues band, or like a bunch of folks with no idea what they’re doing but enthusiastic about it anyway, the Album of the Month series keeps on a-rolling, with Allegaeon taking the honors thanks to their unbridled guitar-wheedling fury that is Apoptosis – our Album of the Month selection for April 2019!
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Initial Descent: April 14 – 20, 2019

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Dead To A Dying World – photo courtesy of Kathleen Kennedy

Didn’t we just do this? Just confirmed and it has indeed been a week. Anyway, much metals to tend to this week and since I can’t manage to figure out where the hell a week went let’s just get to it.

You know, I haven’t had an album completely captivate me as much as Dead To A Dying World’s third full length Elegy has, it’s like listening to GY!BE In one ear and blackened doom in the other but as the minutes tick off it transports your mind to some decaying world that’s all too familiar. And that production, hoooo boy – get this in your ears. Moving on to a pair of albums that excite and charge me; the first is Mork’s Det Svarte Juv which brings the early Norwegian black metal strain roaring back to life in a way that is as cold and chaotic as it is warm and vibrant, yea I know that may be impossible to understand but once you hear it, you will. The second of these is Finnish black metal vets Förgjord who lay down a viciously scalding 41 minutes on their fourth effort Ilmestykset – why do these excite me? Mostly due to this pair being what I want to hear when I want to hear black metal, period. All this leads us to Allegaeon’s fifth outing of technically busy, progressively minded, melodically leaning, and best may I add, Apoptosis. They shed some of their shell here but add so much more depth, Charles has the run down so click the full review link when you get there.

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Album Review: Allegaeon – “Apoptosis”

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Gone are the theatrics and bombast of previous entries; gone are the constant choir and strings sections. In their place is a pure album that is melodic, technical, and groovy. The finger-style interludes are more thematically embedded. A new bassist absolutely destroys. The first two minutes makes the opening pitch: welcome to Apoptosis, a perfect Allegaeon album.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 73 (03.30.2019)

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You might have noticed brother Vincent is away on some business. He’s off fighting demon hordes and stealing souls…I kid, I kid. But there’s no doubt that when he returns, he’ll be regaling us with all the killer beer he’s had and all the earsplitting metal he listened to whilst slaying the road. Anyway, it’s SATURDAY folks – we made it! If you missed anything here this week, go back and catch up. For now though, we’ve got another good playlist of tunes to help make the weekend better and you know what to do. Right? Surely by now you do? I mean, 73 editions of this thing… you got this. Now, GO.

– Josh

CANTO: Abbath, Dead To A Dying World, Allegaeon, and More

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I took a day off midweek for no reason whatsoever.

  • Abbath has announced his sophomore album, Outstrider, will be released on July 5th. Personally, I thought his debut was… fine? But Immortal‘s post-Abbath success last year means I will be paying close attention to this one.
  • I missed this yesterday so I’m sharing it now. Dead To A Dying World released a new track called “Empty Hands, Hollow Hymns”. Of course it’s good, but it’s not fair to dig into it too much until we have an entire album to digest. Remember Litany? Yeah. Like that. But the new album, Elegy, will be out in about one month. Not long to wait.
  • Underoath have released a new…. *delete*.
  • Let’s check in on Ozzy and his recent health struggles. It seems like he’s doing better, which is a good thing. A reminder that the U.S. leg of his tour is right around the corner.
  • Allegaeon dropped a new music video for “Extremophiles (B)”, in the continued build to the April 19th release of Apoptosis. I know at least one person pumped for that album, so let’s see what this clip is all about.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb