Album Review: Almyrkvi – “Umbra”

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This is a sentiment I repeat over and over, but Iceland is producing some of the best metal the world over right now.  While still a relatively new name in the global game, the artists condensed into the tiny country are pushing the boundaries of what black metal can be in ways that others have only hinted at.  This year alone we have a split from Sinmara and Misthyrming, another standalone EP from Sinmara, and a new Svartidaudi EP keeping the scene in cultural focus, and capitalizing on that momentum is Almyrkvi, who are releasing their debut full-length album Umbra.   Continue reading

Album Review: Desolate Shrine – “Deliverance from the Godless Void”

Desolate Shrine - Deliverance from the Godless Void

When you were a child, chances are that when you went to the beach, you felt the desire for being buried in sand, leaving only your head above the ground to enjoy the sunshine and watch people splash merrily in the water. Somehow, at some point, that innocuous playful urge transformed into a paralyzing fear of being buried alive. On Deliverance from the Godless Void, the hooded pallbearers of Finland’s Desolate Shrine provide a soundtrack for your premature burial and eventual asphyxiation with a monstrous wall of noise that will drown your futile screams and the tortured sound of your nails scratching hopelessly on the interior of the coffin. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Some EOY Considerations (You May Have Forgotten About*)

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I get it – we’re all under the crunch here at Nine Circles getting our 2017 lists in order, and the last thing you need is to look at another list of albums you might want to consider before signing off on your own EOY list.  And hey – I’ll be the first to admit that in the interest of full disclosure I don’t think any of these are actually going to make my list…

But that doesn’t mean they don’t warrant some consideration.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… please think of this as some of my alternates – maybe they didn’t quite resonate enough with me to make my list, but that doesn’t mean you should leave them off yours!   Continue reading

Profile: Cameron Davis of Cicada the Burrower

Cicada the Burrower

Cicada the Burrower is a one-man progressive black metal band from Wisconsin that has been around since 2012 and, in that time, has amassed quite a lengthy back catalog of releases. But over this same stretch of years, mastermind and sole member Cameron Davis has personally been through hell on earth and all of the leftover emotions and stains of what he’s been though are splayed across his work but nowhere is it more evident than on the seven tracks that grace The Great Nothing which saw its release in September. We recently had the opportunity to ask Cameron our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and be sure to check out the streams contained within. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Voidsphere and Willy Vanilly

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: Voidsphere’s To Call|To Speak and Alpine Beer Company’s Willy Vanilly.   Continue reading