Second Circle: Throne of Heresy and Tetragrammacide

Second Circle

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.

What do you think of when you see the term “blackened death” applied to a band or album?  Is it predominantly death metal, but “blackened” up a bit?  Is it black metal with traces of that good ol’ drop-D groove?  Is it once again just a silly attempt to pigeon-hole and categorize something for easier consumption?  Rhetorical questions one and all, but it helps to classify the theme for this edition of Second Circle as we check out the latest slab from Throne of Heresy and the debut from Tetragrammacide.   Continue reading

Column: The Sociology of Metal and the Joys of Blackened Death

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Probably like you, I get a lot of new metal from blogs like Nine Circles.  I read a review. Someone makes a recommendation. Go to Bandcamp. Listen to a track. Sounds good. Click “buy now.”

Wait….

Weregoat - Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornication

I’m too old for this shit!

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Receiving the Evcharist: Pneuma Hagion & Dos Osos

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: Pneuma Hagion’s Rituals of Extinction and Mammoth Brewing Company’s Dos Osos.

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Receiving the Evcharist – Sentient Divide & Cock-Eyed Cooper

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: Sentient Divide’s S/T and Uinta Brewing Company’s Cockeyed Cooper.   Continue reading

Nine Circles ov… The Binder of Forgotten Metal, Part II

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We’re back…time to crack the spine and delve back into the musty pages of the Binder of Forgotten Metal™ one more time.  I had a blast the last time listening to a bunch of music (strangely almost all from 2005) that not only had I practically forgotten about, but was most likely instrumental in bringing me into the fold of extreme metal.

Looking through the entries I picked I’m sure we’re going to have quite the same hit to miss ratio of lost gems, but there’s no telling until we dive in so once again get on your hip waders and let’s do this… Continue reading