Receiving the Evcharist: Cult of Luna and Grindcore Coffee Company’s The Divine Apostate

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hail and well met!  We’re offering something different to the Old Ones this time around, but it’s something that nonetheless excites me and speaks to my soul.  Both offerings do, in fact, but each for their own unique reasons.  Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Cult of Luna’s The Raging River and Grindcore Coffee Company’s The Divine Apostate.

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Missed Connections: Looking Back on 2020 One Last Time

Best of 2020

You want more?  You got more.  Not that I exactly want to look back on 2020, but there was so much killer music this past year that I decided to take a page out of Chris’ book and talk about the ones that got away from me, regardless of how great they might be.  I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about why these albums didn’t make the cut the first time around.  It’s the same story for each one, a story about time and energy and brainpower.  This year was draining, both from being alive in the world and from having quite a bit to keep up with in the way of reviews and podcasts for a certain illustrious publication, and while I am proud of the list I put out and I’m not going to go back and amend it, I do think there needs to be more room for discussing what I feel like I missed out on.  Albums that, for whatever reason, needed more than the time I had for me to fully realize them in my mind’s eye, but now I can unquestionably say they belong among the great ones that we got in the last calendar year.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 162 (1.2.2020)

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Happy New Year. Hopefully that sentiment will actually be happy and not some bullshit sentiment you forget about in the next 3 seconds. But, if so, alrighty then and totally understood. Well then, here we are in the new year with some cracking tunes we’ve been jamming ’round the water cooler and we just know you’re going to love something here. We’ve got new stuff from Vokonis, Ceremonial Bloodbath, Kyrios, The Lylat Continuum, and Crypticus as well as some remixed Between the Buried and Me, some Srd, some Oceans of Slumber, Angerot, R.E.M., and MF Doom. As always, it’s a mixed bag of goodies so hit the play button below and veg out on this supreme Saturday. Enjoy!

– Josh

Best of 2020: Josh’s List

Best of 2020

I could wax for paragraphs on how 2020 leapt into the toilet in March and continues to swirl, deeper in, teetering just on the edge of complete obliteration, but that would be news to no one. In a year when bands could’ve easily went into hiatus based on no way to tour or support themselves—and honestly no one would’ve blamed them—we are damn lucky to have any music at all much less any best of lists. Thankfully the bands turned it up, tuned low, and cranked it out anyway, despite the thought of any sort of monetary return. In short, metal freakin’ ruled this year and kept me sane while the world crumbled and hope was fleeting at best. My music collection grew like my headphone time at dangerous volume levels (according to my apple stats) and I loved the fact that bands sounded angrier and louder, experimented more, stretched thin genre lines to the limit, and generally laid their balls on the chopping block in a way we haven’t heard in a long time. That chopping block bit was one of ten rules I made for my 2020 list back in January and all the artists that made my list did just that in one way or another but my picks this year were also about the albums that really stuck with me for either the long haul or made a fast impression. So, keep reading and maybe one, or more, of these will hit you the way it hit me.

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Initial Descent: March 22 – 28, 2020

WAKE
Wake

As we slip further into the abyss, I fully believe metal will be the savior to it all. Obviously not but it will give us all a good soundtrack to keep us occupied. Oh, by the way, GOOD JOB last Friday hitting Bandcamp in droves and helping artists, do that more. Really, a lot more. And on that note, there’s a ton of stuff to throw money at this week starting with the always razor sharp grind of Wake but on this new one they have bested all their back catalog, Angerot brings some serious death and black metal on their sophomore effort, Temple of Void show how true, heavy doom is done, and Demonic Death Judge reek havoc in the sludge / stoner arena. See? Plenty of hits already and there’s TONS more below so get to it. Stay safe and well, friends. Continue reading