Hey! I bought concert tickets today! For a show… in August.
Fresh off the release of Dying of Everything, Obituary have announced a North American headlining tour this coming April and May. They’ll be joined by Blood Incantation, Immolation, and Ingrown. So, yeah, a stacked bill for sure. Tickets will be available here.
Enslaved unveiled another track from Heimdal, titled “Forest Dweller”. Check out the video for that one here. As a reminder (which I’m sure you don’t need), their new album drops on March 3rd through Nuclear Blast.
Tribulation have revealed details surrounding a new EP, titled Hamartia, which will be out on April 7th through Century Media. With that, a video for a new track titled “Axis Mundi” can be seen below. Worth noting, this is the first composition by new guitarist Joseph Tholl. Personally, I like it. It’s a little different, but not in a bad way.
Wow, it really has been a while since I’ve visited this column, huh? Things got really busy really fast over here, and it’s kinda hard to sit and write two articles a week when life is finally starting to pick up. However, the tunes did not stop this year, and some of my favorite and most anticipated releases this year were from more than just the metal world. It’s my pleasure to bring you another year of the best of all things metal-adjacent and non-metal. Any of these albums can stand up to the world of buzzsaw guitars, blast beats and screamed vocals. Maybe not in terms of sheer force, but in terms of emotional depth and good times, absolutely. Without further ado, here we go:
I’ve really been itching to do a mid-year round-up for a while now, but I have a little bit of reservation about it. Mostly, I don’t really want to spoil anything for the end of the year, because it’s usually around this time that I find the one or two albums that I KNOW are going to top my December list, and this year feels no different. You gotta wait if you want the goods, but in the meantime, this edition of Nine Circles ov… is a list, in no particular order, of albums that I have been really enjoying this year. Some are metal, some are non-metal, some may keep their position until the end of the year and some might end up as honorable mentions, but none of them are the absolute top. Sorry, no spoilers, but these are still fantastic albums well worth the repeated listens I have given them.
Blood Incantation should need no introduction to readers of this column, being one of death metal’s most luminary forces in recent years, but astute followers of the Colorado four-piece have known that they have always been so much more than a mere death metal band. Timewave Zerolays bare the often occluded side of the band, stripping away all semblance of metal entirely to revel in cosmic, new age ambiance, creating a meditative soundscape that offers a perfect place to reflect, particularly for me on the nature of relationships and musical identity that become challenged when a band makes such a dramatic shift as this.
What can you say that hasn’t already been said about the guys in Blood Incantation? Whether it’s their incredibly deep and sprawling slabs of death metal like Starspawn or Hidden Histories of the Human Race or their other musical endeavors that read like a primer of the best extreme metal of the last 10 years (Spectral Voice, Stormkeep, Wayfarer)…it seems no matter what they put their hands in, it comes out righteous and heavy. So it’s no surprise that their latest left turn, the ambient experiment Timewave Zero manages to retain the signature sound of the band even as it stretches into the furthest reaches of space without the raging riffs of down-tuned guitars to power it. We sat down with 3/4 of the band (Isaac, Paul and Morris) to discuss how the collaborative process works when you’re creating an ambient record, the close-knit nature of the Colorado scene, keeping riffs fresh and alive in a world where almost everything has already been done, and so much more (just wait until the episode shifts to the majesty of Gorguts).
This is a killer conversation that just reinforces how vital and essential Blood Incantation is to the extreme metal scene, so put down that fidget spinner, grab your beverage of choice and settle in for a wicked edition of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.