Album Review: Mare Cognitum — “Solar Paroxysm”

Mare Cognitum - Solar Paroxysm

My review of Mare Cognitum’s 2016 album Luminiferous Aether was one of the earliest pieces of writing I published when I first started writing for Nine Circles. As such, they are a band that occupies a special place in my heart, not just because I think they are one of the best names in black metal today, but because each album that I have a chance to engage with is a chance to see how both I and they have grown. It feels much like checking in with an old friend, even though Jacob Buczarski wouldn’t know me from Adam, a way to mark the passage of time and the distance we’ve come on our respective journies, and on Solar Paroxysm, it seems the passage of time has left both of us with no patience for fucking around.

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Album Review: Kankar — “Dunkle Millennia”

I love reviewing debut albums and discovering new to newish bands.  It is always fun to see what fresh, creative minds and talents bring to the scene.  I am here to throw another one atchya.  This time, from German black metal band Kankar with their debut full length release Dunkle Millennia.  The duo joined forces in 2016 and released an EP in 2018.  They have polished their craft since, and have come through with a dark, striking, electric, eleven-track album.  The production is beautiful and crisp, the songwriting is skillful, the musicianship is bewitching, and each song flows perfectly into the next to create a cohesive story.

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Premiere: Gargowitch — “Les doigts de lampée – De la merde, lacustre – Cannibal troten”

On April 9th, Gargowitch will release their first two demos, Avidee and Cannibal Troten, on physical format for the first time. The French atmospheric black/doom/noise hybrid project has teamed up with Devoted Art Propaganda to release 100 copies of each on CD. Today, Nine Circles is excited to premiere the first track from Cannibal Troten, titled “Les doigts de lampée – De la merde, lacustre – Cannibal troten“. Give the mind-numbing 20-minute ride a listen immediately after the jump. I promise, it is an absolute trip.

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Embracing the Descent: March 7 – 13, 2021

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Losing L-G Petrov this week hurt like a mother fucker. If there ever was a champion of death metal and loving it, he was it. So, as we always do, let’s turn to music for some solace since there’s some exceptional albums to talk about this week. Do run out, after reading up, and buy all of the ones we chose to speak on and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.  

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: The Ruins of Beverast was February 2021’s Album of the Month!

Episode 68 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing showcases just how musically polarizing The Ruins of Beverast have been and continue to be on their latest “The Thule Grimoires.” Buke again captains the episode with a handful of the usual suspects in tow as they discuss, argue, and break down the album and the band.

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