Once again it’s Album of the Month time and for September it was pretty much unanimous that Survival Of The Sickest from Sweden’s death metal masters Bloodbath got the pick. The usual gang of suspects are present for the discussion as well as MC Supreme Buke leading the charge. Much is made of just how good Bloodbath are this far along in their career and how they still reign supreme in any discussion surrounding Swedeath. Elsewhere, the gang spends a good portion of the runtime gushing over everything else they listened to since they last spoke. That and the usual banter back and forth on literally anything and everything.
In other words, just another episode of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.
If you needed any more evidence that Bloodbath were serious about getting back into the vintage, old school death metal sound that catapulted them into the metal conversation as more than just a “supergroup” take a look at that album title. It’s not enough that Survival of the Sickest, the band’s latest offering uses a sickly blue tint to stand out against the putrid, vomitous yellow theme of the album art, but – just like Molder earlier this year – we have that wonderful Arial font, complete with quotation marks. It’s indicative of the return to a deeper, squishier version of death metal, one that eschews its supergroup status to just get back to making some serious fun death metal.
My work is cut out for me this week. Ladies and gentlemen, today the Brothers Martinek™ celebrate a birthday. Which makes this playlist for them. Which means you’re going to get more Mountain Goats and Broken Social Scene and indie sad alt goodness than either you or I expected or intended.
Don’t worry, though. The others are still around with more extreme offerings…although who’s to say which is more extreme in the context of a metal site’s playlist? Bloodbath or My Bloody Valentine? Rotborn or Ride? Anyway, expect that as well as tracks from A Pregnant Light, Blackbraid, Judicator, Holy Fawn, Cloudrat, Black Anvil, Whitespade, Psionic Madness, Spitpool, Lamentations, as well as a slew of other tracks to kick your weekend off right.
We’re going to close with Drudkh, who are releasing All Belong to the Night on November 11th. That will be available through Season of Mist Underground Activists, and the first single, titled “November”, can be found below.
It’ll officially be Fall later this month which means spooky season is right around the corner. I can’t think of a better way to get in that mood than the trio of death metal new releases that lead this week’s list; Revocation return with an album that after a few spins really hits a sweet spot for me, and even more so than anything they’ve done to date, then we’ve got Bloodbath who are on the forefront of every death metal fan’s mind, next up is I Am with a groovy bruiser (and killer album art to boot), and rounding out the top slots is Abrams who are not death metal but are favorites around this back office. Now, these four will definitely keep you busy, but don’t forget about the long list of other new stuff that follows as there’s a ton of good stuff out this week. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the next several days. Until next time…