2017 Mid-Year Report, Part Deux: Managing the Overflow

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*there is no Immortal in this list.  I just really like the pic.

The style and format of the Nine Cirles ov… articles is such that we limit ourselves to nine entries on whatever topic it is we’re blathering about.  It’s a blessing and a curse: it really helps hone down what you want to cover but, as in the case of this week’s mid-year favorites it can really kill your groove, particularly when there’s so much awesome to cover in the first half of the year.

And man there’s SO MUCH GOOD STUFF OUT THERE.  Someone on Twitter mentioned how he dug the list for the simple reason that none of my choices would have made his list.  Now, after you pick yourself up off the floor in shock that sometimes (rarely, admittedly) social media can be a sensible and warm community, revel in the fact that this just reinforces the amount of quality out there so far in 2017.  So, you all good with a second course?  Let’s dig in… Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Napalm Death, Maryland Deathfest, Samael and more!

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Napalm Death

June 27, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last few days:

    • Leading off, an amusing tidbit from the world of Napalm Death: apparently, the band’s Spotify streams have gone up more than 200% since frontman Barney Greenway appeared on a radio show teaching ex-Labour Party leader Ed Miliband how to scream. (Miliband still can’t scream.)

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Donuts & CANTO: Enslaved, Ghost, Metal Church and more!

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Enslaved

April 24, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:

    • As usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new albums on Friday, including Night Demon and Artificial Brain. For a full breakdown, check out Josh’s recap.
    • Enslaved are hard at work on what will be their 14th studio album, which guitarist Ivar Bjørnson says will take “more risks than ever before” and a whole bunch of other standard-issue PR speak. Either way, color us excited!

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Initial Descent: April 16 – 22, 2017

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Casket Huffer

Ok so, current events happened — blah, blah. No time to waste this week as we have a TON of new metal to get into so waste not here we go: Casket Huffer rule the week with a limited vinyl and digital release of their absolutely sick death metal debut Gospels of Scum. There’s no amount of words I can say here to convince you to pick this up but trust me when I say you NEED this album in your life, period. Next up is Artificial Brain with Infrared Horizon and honestly this is a mindf**k of a technical death metal (not tech death) album but in the best of ways so DO check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Moving on, everyone’s favorite Finns Foreseen return with their second full length Grave Danger and if you loved Helsinki Savagery (most of you did) then you will feel the same about this thrashtastic album, jump on it. Rounding out the opening slots is Night Demon with their second full length of wickedly good and classically tinged heavy metal, Darkness Remains — yes it is every bit as good as their debut and yes it is every bit as catchy, pick it up for the sake of all things metal. There you have it with the opening salvo but I did say there is a TON to wade through so get cracking, right after the jump.

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Album Review: Artificial Brain – “Infrared Horizon”

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If we’re gonna talk about Artificial Brain and their new behemoth of an album Infrared Horizon, we need to talk about space.  And I don’t mean space as in the overall concept of the record, or indeed of the band’s thematic palette.  I’m talking about the space in between notes, the dynamic release of tension that is essential in order to break apart the monotony that a record this dense can easily fall prey to.

In other words, let me tell you how Artificial Brain learned every lesson they needed to learn in order to craft one of the best death metal albums of the year.   Continue reading