Album Review: Black Pestilence — “Hail the Flesh”

I’ve always been of the opinion that black metal doesn’t have to break the mold or take itself too seriously to be good, and frankly Calgary’s Black Pestilence doesn’t do either of those things on their sixth full length, Hail the Flesh, despite a wide collection of influences.  What they do manage to accomplish is the creation of rip-roaring, ferocious songs that are fast, catchy, and most importantly fun as all get-out to listen to.  This is not an album that is going to change the face of black metal, but man does it go hard. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Random VNYL Metal Records

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It started about two years ago, and I have our Fearless Editor Josh to blame.  For Christmas I received a flat, square cardboard box containing a creamy white edition of the self titled album from Succumb.  I didn’t have a turntable…yet.

Two years later and I have a hefty collection spanning a plethora of genres, largely thanks my inability to stop my subscription to VNYL, a curated record subscription service.  Every month I get three albums created to my tastes based on my listening history on Spotify as well as my Discogs collection.  It can be hit or miss, particularly with their metal selections, but every time I start to pick up the phone to cancel another batch comes in with a surprise that makes me think, “Damn…maybe I should hold off another month.”   So for this edition of Nine Circles ov…let’s dive into nine curated metal selections sent to me and see if they’re truly reflective of my listening tastes.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Skyeater and Fear.Movie.Lions

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

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: Skyeater’s Descent and Stone Brewing Company’s Fear.Movie.Lions.

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Album Review: Oranssi Pazuzu — “Mestarin Kynsi”

Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi

Once again, Oranssi Pazuzu’s oneironauts have emerged from Wastement, their base of operations for psychedelic voyages into one’s inner self, and unleashed their latest opus Mestarin Kynsi to illuminate and mesmerize in these dark, uncertain times.  Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Canis Dirus and Belt and Suspenders

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Howdy folks!  Vincent’s internet took a shit and died so he left it to me to present the offerings this week.  There’s a real chance you may not notice any difference, but all the same, we bring you a pairing of a choice album with a favorite libation.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Canis Dirus’ Independence to the Beast and BuckleDown Brewing Company’s Belt and Suspenders. Continue reading