Sepulchral Saturday: Nòtt – “Nòtt”

nòtt

Painting a sharp, icy portrait of atmospheric black metal, the debut of Nòtt hits on everything I like in the genre: precise and clear production with a vibe that treads a multi-fractal tightrope between DSBM, traditional second wave aggression, and the more post-black leanings of more modern practitioners of the velvet sonic.  In fact, you can call Nòtt, getting a physical release courtesy of Ossian Records after a digital release this past January a grittier, more frost-bitten version of what Amiensus has been doing lately, which makes sense when you realize the one-man assault is the product of James Benson, taking time out from his other bands to exorcise some gnarled demons.   Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Bandcamp Ketchup

Nine Circles ov bandcamp ketchup

Ketchup, catsup, catch-up…it’s all the same here at Nine Circles: stuff is constantly falling through the cracks.  And while we’ll have our annual quarterly round-up from the crew coming shortly, I’ve got enough albums I’ve been digging over the last few months that devoting a Nine Circles ov… column felt natural.  All of the selections below came from my own interest in the band – this isn’t a list of the releases we receive as promos I haven’t had time to review (that list would be immense and frightnening).

So let’s see what’s on the menu…   Continue reading