Receiving the Evcharist: Wayfarer and Seafarer

Receiving the Evcharist

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: Wayfarer’s World’s Blood and Three Weavers Brewing Company’s Seafarer Kolsch-Style Ale.   Continue reading

Second Circle: Progenie Terrestre Pura and Frayle

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief.

When in doubt, take a cue from Bard himself.  Or herself.  Or whoever it is we suspect Shakespeare to be this week (I’m only a quarter of the way Rosenbaums’s The Shakespeare Wars).  Anyway, for this edition of Second Circle we’re focusing on new EPs coming out this week so let’s take the plunge and check out the latest spaced out black metal of Progenie Terrestre Pura and the wallowing psych-tinged doom of Frayle.   Continue reading

Album Review: Svalbard – “It’s Hard to Have Hope”

svalbard it's hard to have hope

It’s hard to have hope.  In no time like the present do statements like this ring true.  On both a micro and macro level, it can seem at many times like the world is falling apart.  Music is something that should be a comfort to all, yet even scenes that are supposed to be welcoming to all those society pushes to the fringes are plagued by the same bigotry and gatekeeping that they are supposed to fight against.  When even this comfort is denied, optimism seems like an impossibility.  Enter Svalbard, and their new album It’s Hard to Have Hopethe soundtrack to you dusting yourself off and fighting the good and necessary fight for the future we all deserve. Continue reading

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

Profile: Tuor of Atmospheric Black Metallers Utburd

Utburd

Atmospheric and depressive black metal sometimes go hand in hand but when the pair marries up as well as they do on Utburd‘s just released second full length, The Horrors Untold, it’s impressive to say the least. Russia’s Utburd formed in 2014 and is the product of sole member and mastermind Tuor who we recently sat down with for our set of Profile questions. Read on to see what he had to say and click through on the contained links to support. Continue reading