Nine Circles ov…2019: A Mid-Year Report

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Anyone feel oppressed by the ridiculous heat blasting through the Northeast?  It almost makes you want to take a month off of writing for a website.  I kid, but in truth I needed some time because the amount of quality metal that has been coming out this year has been INSANE.  Label faves like Season of Mist and Gilead have been routinely hitting it out of the park, but great music has been crawling out of every nook and cranny, and it’s dizzying to be caught up in the middle of it.  I had a list of about 14 I wanted to throw on here, but in keeping with the nature of the column I stuck to nine, all released this year before 7/1, and all on Bandcamp, because dammit let’s support artists with dollars, not fractions of pennies (plus it makes the formatting nice).

So here’s a glimpse of where my head is currently at.  We’ll see where these land come end of year, but right now they’re red hot and in constant rotation in my ears.  Onward. Continue reading

Album Review: Arch/Matheos – “Winter Ethereal”

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No one crafts a vocal melody like John Arch.  No one.  It’s not just his ability to hit these ridiculous high notes and carry them, something that doesn’t seem to have lost its power more than 30 years after I first heard his voice on Awaken the Guardian.  It’s the way he fashions his lyrical lines, almost (but not quite) cramming them into a cadence that never follows the riff, but always complements it, no matter how unexpected it turns.  That’s the cornerstone of what made his time in Fates Warning unique, and it’s what makes Winter Ethereal, the second full length from Arch/Matheos such a dynamic powder keg of an album. Continue reading

CANTO: Memphis May Fire, Monolith on the Mesa, Arch / Matheos, and More

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I skipped this yesterday because I was in Boston all day for a shoot. I also had food poisoning. It was weird.

  • Arch / Matheos have released details behind a new album titled Winter Ethereal, scheduled for released on May 10th through Metal Blade. Better yet, you can hear a new single right now. It’s called “Straight and Narrow”. It is, as Chris put it, an embarrassment of riches.
  • Hey, a cool festival announcement! Om, The Obsessed, and Wovenhand are all scheduled to perform at the inaugural Monolith on the Mesa festival. The event takes place May 16th (pre-show) to May 18th in Taos, New Mexico at Taos Mesa Brewing. Freaking… cool, man.
  •  Updates from Memphis May Fire. First off, summer 2019 tour plans, which will include performances on the second stage of the just-announced Disrupt Festival, which overlaps a bit with the Warped Tour 25th Anniversary weekend shows. Oh, they also dropped a new video for “Heavy is the Weight”.
  • Let’s wrap things up with a little tease. What could this possibly mean? New Rammstein coming our way on Thursday? A new song… new album details? ALL OF IT? You decide.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb