Folks, it has been a LONG wait for this one. I can’t tell you how much I’ve anticipated this review ever since “Arkanum” debuted over at No Clean Singing. I have not been floored by a track like that in a good while, and I think I grabbed the full promo the minute it was available. After having about six weeks to sit with it, I have only gotten more psyched up to talk about what almost assuredly will be in my top releases for the year, Aara’s sophomore album En Ergô Einai. Continue reading
No meandering preamble. Too much of 2019 was utter shit, and music was the salve to my battered and bruised soul. Last week I touted 19 albums that helped me cope with the personal and global tragedies that the year brought, and this week brings another 15 records that, while not formally ranked all can on a given day act as my #26, or even my #1. Don’t try to find reason or logic in a list. Not only is it all subjective, but it’s all subject to change on a dime, on a given moment when the axis spins and tries to buck you off into orbit, and all you can cling to is the fragment of a melody, a riff or a lyric that tethers you to the world, keeps you grounded and ready for another day.
Enough. Let’s do this. Continue reading
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here talking about metal. That’s because I’ve been knee-deep in Blood Red, our annual horror series where I watch a crap-ton of movies and write them up for the Letterboxd Hooptober Marathon. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening to metal – I’ve been trying to keep up with the veritable glut of heavy offerings bestowed upon us so far this Autumn season. So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I thought I’d jump in and share nine recent(-ish) releases that have been keeping the blood pumping…as it spurts out a major artery.
Without further ado, let’s dive in. Continue reading
Devils, Witches, Ghouls, Freaks, and Sinners it’s our time. October is the month where the freak flags fly, inhibitions are at their most transparent, and the most wicked, vile imaginations are out in full force. Take a step back and breathe in that crisp fall air whilst knowing that Devil’s Night is drawing nigh. Oh yea, all that and a bag of chips. New metal. We got it. You need it. GO…
Pacific Northwest death/doom dealers Mortiferum axe their way onto the scene with a dank ass debut that reaches into the chest cavity, grabs the beating heart, and eats it slowly, very slowly. Then, neatly cleans up and moves on to the next victim. Next, on yet another debut, Australia’s Carcinoid vomits forth a hellishly tortured landscape of putrid death metal nasty enough to make its own blood drenched horror movie. Moving on, extreme metal scene veterans Sammath return with their sixth full length of blackened death/war metal and it’s a smorgasbord of insanity just waiting for a victim. Last up top is Blut Aus Nord, whom I’m sure you’ve heard that their latest full length of otherworldly progressive black metal was leaked by some two-bit-asshole so they decided to unleash the digital and yes, you already know it rules. But now, the physical edition is upon us and woe be unto the souls that miss out. Just sayin’. Top four down, much more to come. FEAST… Continue reading
I had no time for this yesterday. I also had no time for other things, but you don’t care.
- I guess I don’t have much choice but to share the new Tool song a day late. This is the Fear Inoculum title track. Enjoy. Or don’t. I’m not sure if I do yet. Also, what the hell with the physical version of this record?
- Blut Aus Nord fans out there, this is for you. The trippy French black metal band are releasing a new album, called Hallucinogen, on October 11th through Debemur Morti Productions. And we have album artwork!
- And there was that time a woman scared off a cougar using Metallica music. “Don’t Tread On Me”, to be specific. How did I miss this?
- Here’s a new music/lyric video from Diamond Head for “The Sleeper”. This one was taken from The Coffin Train, which dropped back in May on Silver Lining Music.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”