* SPOILERS: it’s gonna be 20 albums…buckle your seat belts.
I told myself this year I was going to take it easy – do the Honorable Mentions, get the final list out, and put 2018 to rest. On a global, national, and personal front the year’s been pretty much a disaster from the start, and the quicker I can put it in my rearview mirror the better. But the more I tweaked and played with my end of year selections (thank you Trello for making that shit so easy) the more I realized that – like always – music was the thing that propped me up and made every setback if not better, at least tolerable. And when the dust cleared from all the list building I found a huge excess of albums that didn’t make my lists but easily could have on another day. Everything is interchangeable; we are not the people we were even a moment ago, and those experiences constantly inform our perspective on the world, metal albums included. Continue reading →
Life is all about contrasts. Some big, some small, some noticeable and some not so much. But in the end, without them, this would be a boring and laborious life. With that said, for this edition of Second Circle I’m taking a look at two albums that are sharp and stark in their contrasts but both have made an indelible impact on my listening habits as of late and both stood out instantly as albums I’d be engrossed in for different reasons and for some time to come. These albums are Slegest‘s Introvert and Ævangelist‘s Matricide In the Temple of Omega. Continue reading →
Argentina’s The Evil Dead play an eclectic and extremely addicting mix of classic heavy metal, modern day speed metal and black n roll. The band started in 2006 and have one demo, one EP and, as of this past January, their second full length Earth Inferno was released. This album finds the band with even more beautifully executed NWOBHM harmonies and structures, a tighter grip on the speed metal resurgence and a larger focus on black metal this time out with an exceptional vocal performance that would make Jon Nodtveidt proud. All of which make for an outstanding sophomore effort that while it may remind you of the glory days in metal it is by no means a carbon copy, instead the band takes all of their influences and comes away with something that will find an audience with metal fans from all across the spectrum. We recently had the opportunity to ask Michel Regueiro (guitarist) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say.
On their new, third album, Nattesferd, Kvelertak is less “Kvelertak-y” than they’ve ever been. John Dyer Baizley’s cover artwork? Gone. Kurt Ballou’s production? That’s out, too. In most cases, the band’s even done away with the blast-beat driven aggression that’s driven their black ‘n’ roll / hardcore sound since its inception. But if you’re worried the bottom’s completely dropped out, lighten up. At the end of the day, the Norwegians still know how to write a fun song, and they show that regularly on Nattesferd. It’s not a great album, but it’s certainly not a bad one either. Continue reading →
Finally, Taake has begun their first North American tour. An occurrence many years in the making kicked off this past Saturday night in Boston, and there was no way Nine Circles wouldn’t be involved. Of course, this was not the first Taake show here in the United States — we had seen them at Maryland Deathfest a few years prior. But as for tours? This was 23 years in the making. But not due to lack of effort… we all remember the visa issues from last year that forced them to postpone such a tour. Luckily enough, things worked out this time around and we were treated to a tremendous performance by the Norwegians. And the three opening acts? Just as impressive. Continue reading →