Megaton Leviathan felt like a secret, something I discovered browsing through Bandcamp late one evening that none of my friends knew about. Funeral cosmic doom that embraced so many disparate elements to craft a forlorn style of music that spoke directly to the frightened receptors in my brain. After a sizable gap in time Mage has fallen to the cold, hard ground to remind me that buried in the dark is a lush sense of melody and decay. Continue reading →
My weekend festivities consisted of healthy doses of horror and metal, as it should. How many of you caught the new Halloween? I thought they did a great job with it and the fact that they packed it with stuff for fans of the original was a definite plus. And I’ll leave it at that in case you haven’t seen it yet. As for the metal, read on to see what’s in store this week…
Hate Eternal are back with their seventh full length of wildly technical but oh so good death metal on Upon Desolate Sands – I’m not calling it a triumph over Infernus yet but Rutan and co. kill it as usual. No matter what camp of Bloodbath you frequent the most, their fifth full length The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn offers enough horror fueled Swedeath for any and all parties, I dig it. Norway’s Sjukdom keep it frosty with 90s style black metal but offer just enough melodicism to trip my trigger on Stridshymmer Og Dodssalmerand Oregon’s Megaton Leviathan turn the psychedelic drone of Mage into an entrancing ritual which makes it a worthy successor to their stunning Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell.
Some things happened this week that made it an exceptionally good one for me, not that anyone cares. But it goes to show that there is still some good left to be had in this world, you just have to know where to find it. Or, it has to come to you. Either way, keep that chin up. Alrighty then, as we do here each week on Initial Descent we have another santa sized bag of good metal in store so let’s not waste another word… First up is Eagle Twin who break a six year silence with The Thundering Heard and, no pun intended, this thing is a thunder you’ll want to hear — doom meets blues meets a long player, get on it. Next up is some wicked power metal in the form of The Last Emperor from Judicator, we’re stoked on this one (see our coverage links contained within) and you should be too. Moving along is Exile Amongst the Ruins from Primordial and although they play it rather safe here it is still PRIMORDIAL and still epic if you catch my drift. Closing out the top four is Lychgate with their dynamic and avant-garde black metal on The Contagion In Nine Steps which may well resurface on many lists come end of year time. Make no mistake, these four are a strong start to the week’s offerings but there’s so much more waiting. Hang with us for awhile and see for yourself. Continue reading →
There’s an aspect of theatricality to black metal that lies forever intertwined with whatever home-brewed philosophy is present. I don’t say this as a bad thing: in fact it’s a major draw to the genre, but it’s also something that’s not acknowledged enough. Lychgate seem very aware of how they want to position both the lyrical content of their music as much as instrumentation, and on latest offering The Contagion in Nine Steps this marriage of nihilistic commentary and striking erudite metal has never been as effective. It’s a deep and challenging record that isn’t afraid to let its dramatic moments fly. Continue reading →
Its been a long time since I posted anything for Nine Circles. Of all the things 2017 has been for me, it has definitely been the busiest I’ve ever been. I joined more bands, recorded drums / vocals for other bands, art for my bands and other bands, PR for my bands and others, started a record label, and a bunch of other stuff. I miss being more active with Nine Circles but it looks like the current staff has been crushing it!
Anyway, the time has come for year end list. I love reading everyone’s lists and seeing what albums I might have missed or maybe need to check out again. I hope you find some new music in here you will enjoy. Continue reading →