Initial Descent: January 15 – 21, 2023

Katatonia – image courtesy of Mathias Blom

In this, the third full week of new releases, if anyone thought Katatonia wouldn’t be at the top of said third week list, you have been hiding under a rock. This will sound weird but Sky Void of Stars is the most current Katatonia sounding album ever, and I mean that in the best possible way. However, there are more excellent releases that need your attention in the form of death metal from Nothingness, deathdoomgrind deliciousness from Turbid North, and melodic black metal from Inherits The Void. Speaking of knowing us or not; what am I going to say next? Yep, you guessed it…and there’s many more in the list below that are definitely worth seeking out. Ok, ok, trivia time is over. Happy hunting and see you here throughout the week.

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Second Circle: Moonlight Sorcery and Inherits the Void

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.

January isn’t even over yet and we’re already off to a great start to 2023. This edition of Second Circle focuses on two labelmates that take their respective spheres of the black metal world and expand them with some outside influences. Showcasing impressive songwriting and technical skills, Moonlight Sorcery and Inherits the Void demonstrate how black metal continues to push forward through and beyond the stars.

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Initial Descent: January 8 – 14, 2022

Ahab
Ahab

Who has already broken the horse of 2023? I know, it’s still early but you know what they say…early bird gets the worm. Enough motivation, let’s get to it. As predicted, the new metal releases have multiplied quickly so we’re just about back to full steam ahead with a multitude of ways to empty your wallet. This week we’ve got a return from the mighty doom tyrants Ahab, Moonlight Sorcery is back already to scratch your symphonic black metal itch, then we’ve got two delicious death metal efforts from Obituary and Leper Colony, and many more in the list below to sink your teeth into. All that and we aren’t done with list season, so stay tuned for that and happy new release hunting. See you here throughout the week.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Olhava and Key Lime Pie

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

While the hot weather might be sticking around for a little while longer, late August always feels like the end of summer, the shifting of the season.  While I welcome fall with open arms and long for an end to sweating from just stepping out the front door, it does feel fitting to pay tribute to the terminal stages of summertime, with Olhava’s Reborn and Short’s Brewing Company’s Key Lime Pie.

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Initial Descent: May 15 – 21, 2022

Cave In

Here’s hoping no more devastating news this week. You know how this works, it’s Monday which means it’s new metal release time and we kick things off with a long awaited album from Cave In that hits all the right buttons, Mortal Thrall very successfully trip the post-black metal trigger, Stjärnfält warps the typical black metal tropes with an excellent effort, Sadistic Ritual keeps the thrash fires burning oh so high, and, as always, a hefty list follows. If we missed anything, let us know and if your band or label wants to be feature here in the future, hit the about page and send us an email. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week…

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