CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (July 19, 2019)

cursed imagery

I’m starting to wonder if this segment might be better with a monthly frequency. Like, there’s usually a decent selection of solid pieces of album artwork from week to week, and this week is no exception. But, the truly ridiculous pieces — the ones this segment was, ostensibly, created to highlight — seem to be fewer and farther between all the time. Although, to be fair, I never expected my post frequency to be as consistent as it has been, so maybe I just need to start being a bad blogger again? I don’t know. These are the things you think about when you write about bad album art, kids. Don’t jump into this field lightly. Anyway, here are this week’s highlights:

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 83 (6.8.2019)

playlist - mixtape

Compared to last week’s short holiday schedule, this week has felt like it’s dragged on forever.  Thank whomever it’s Saturday now and you and I both get to enjoy another one of our mixtapes, replete with the best music new and old we all have been listening to.  There’s bound to be something good in there for you, so take a beat and dig in.

– Vincent

Album Review: Cancer – “Shadow Gripped”

Cancer - Shadow Gripped

For a band that has split up then re-split up and had the kind of revolving door of members as Cancer has in their 31 years of existence and furthermore put out the worst of their career with their last two full lengths, it’s not your fault for questioning whether album six, Shadow Gripped, is worth any time at all. Would it matter if the original three members are on it? The same three responsible for arguably their best album, To the Gory End? The answer is a resounding YES. Why? Because it’s on par with said debut and should finally get the band the due they deserve – minus those last two, hoo-boy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 28 – November 3, 2018

The Ocean
The Ocean

The best month of the year winds down this week and that sucks. But you know what doesn’t suck? New metal and, yet again, the list is longer which means more to get into. Read on to see what’s in store…

First up and FINALLY, The Ocean returns in epic fashion with Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic and if you have the slightest doubt a step has been lost, forget about it. This thing is master class level post-metal and should be in your collection already so go, NOW. Next up is Piach from Gorycz which is their debut but you’d never know it as their brand of dark and brooding black / death is as mesmerizing as it is immersive, death metal vets Cancer return with Shadow Gripped and after all this time they still have some damn gnarly chops, and rounding out these top slots is occult doom rockers Alastor who pull off the perfect album for those Halloween night scares with Slave To the Grave.

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