Receiving the Evcharist: Blood Incantation and Chasing Ghosts

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: Blood Incantation’s Hidden History of the Human Race and Epic Brewing Company’s Chasing Ghosts.  Continue reading

CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (November 22, 2019)

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Well, look-y here… I’m actually writing this post before the morning it’s due to publish for a change! And I’m actually… *gasp* …listening to metal while I write it! (Blut Aus Nord’s Hallucinogen, which — try as I might — I’m still not entirely feeling. Oh well.)

Anyway, what’ve we got for you this week? A six-pack of new releases, at least one of which falls into the “definitely a great album, but also I definitely need to poke fun at the cover” category. Which one(s) might those be? You’ll have to read on to find out. Let’s jump in!

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Initial Descent: November 17 – 23, 2019

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Blood Incantation

No chit-chat this week, we’ve got a stacked list to get to so let’s do it… The death metal benders and shapers, Blood Incantation, are back with an effort that finds them, yet again, pushing the boundaries of the genre far beyond its capacity – alienesque indeed. Newcomers Astralborne explode off the starting gate with an incendiary melodic death metal debut that rips, tears, shreds, and progs; in other words, an immensely satisfying maiden voyage. Obsequiae flood the moats again with their third full length of intriguing and well thought out castle metal but more than that, this is their best yet so jump on it. And, closing out the top slots is the always avantgarde and always exceptional Chaos Echœs with a double disc that features a once in a lifetime live performance, outtakes, alternate song versions, and yes, more live recordings spanning four years. All that said, in the span of four top slot albums we’ve got four must own albums. That’s some damn good odds. And, we’re far from done here so head below to unload the rest of that paycheck you got Friday. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 100

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Well folks, this is it. The 100th edition of our weekly mixtape. This week, we’re kicking things off with the trippy new video for Blood Incantation’s new single (!!!) plus live footage of another song off the upcoming Hidden Histories of the Human Race. I’m still waaaay deep in my screamo binge, and Josh reps my local boys in Teeth, who you should all be listening to way more than you currently are. Thanks a ton for checking this out enough to keep it going this long. We appreciate the hell out of ALL of you.

Now, let’s party.

– Vincent

CANTO: Opeth, Russian Circles, Immolation, and More

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Oh, what a start to the week it has been. Wait… it’s already Thursday tomorrow? Nevermind.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb