Album Review: The Ominous Circle – “Appalling Ascension”

 

The Ominous Circle - Appalling Ascension

One of the most common sentiments I heard in the metal circles I run in, and one that I personally echoed in some of my own writing, was that 2016 was the year of death metal. From the old-school pummel of Blood Incantation, to the technical whirlwind of Ulcerate, to the blackened chaos of Altarage, there is no question that last year produced¬†a flood of truly spectacular death metal from all across the spectrum. The question of the hour: was this just good timing, or is there a continuing upward trend in the quality of death metal? If The Ominous Circle‘s debut offering of haunting death worship on Appalling Ascension is any indicator, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of what death metal holds in store for us. ¬† Continue reading