Receiving the Evcharist: Carpe Noctem and Blood Junkie

Receiving the Evcharist

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: Carpe Noctem’s Vitrun and Three Weavers Brewing Company’s Blood Junkie.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 30 – October 6, 2018

Behemoth 2018

October, finally. The best month of the year is upon us which is a cause for celebration. ‘But, it’s Monday’ you say – hogwash, it’s the first day of October. Moving on, metal is celebrating another release week and we’ve got your fix for all things shiny and new. What’s in store? Keep reading…

The world is pretty dark and Behemoth loves us as noted from the title of their eleventh full length I Loved You At Your Darkest. What can I say? Behemoth is still Behemoth and even though it’s not a great album it is a good one, if you dug their last handful you’ll dig this one as well. Based on the lead off single, High On Fire is back sounding better than ever with Electric Messiah which should come as no surprise – galloping riff thunder from the riff lord, color me excited. The ever chaotic and apocalyptic brand of black metal that Carpe Noctem debuted back in 2013 is even more upfront on Vitrun but more than that, this thing is an absolute beast that towers over their debut – highly recommended. Last up top is Brazil’s Piah Mater with a truly progressive death / black / rock effort on The Wandering Daughter and when I say this thing impressed the hell out of me I mean it wholeheartedly. They strike an outstanding balance of Opeth and Enslaved but turn it into something wholly their own and show off some outstanding chops in the process. Just go buy it already.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 53 (9.15.2018)

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By this point in the week we can all do with something to just hit play on and forget about everything. If that’s what you came for you’re in luck as we’ve got another playlist of gems we’ve been listening to throughout this past week and it’s perfect for queuing up while you’re doing whatever you do over the course of a weekend and of course, to forget about it all for awhile. Oh and following up on last week’s talk of upcoming releases, what are you most looking forward to from here on out to the end of 2018? Let us know in the comments section but first, subscribe to our YouTube channel here then head below for this week’s jam session.

– Josh

Sepulchral Saturday: Naðra – “Allir Vegir Til Glötunar”

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Allir Vegir Til Glötunar is an invocation of destruction, perhaps for when the oceans finally engulf us. Likewise, Allir Vegir Til Glötunar translates to “All paths to oblivion,” according to both the internet and several blogs. I imagine that unless you specialize in pronouncing Icelandic words that you might also have some question about how to say their name, Naðra. A long and tall bearded Viking-friend of mine who is Icelandic says, “it’s Nath-ra, and Na like Narnia.” Continue reading

Album Review: Árstíðir lífsins – “Aldafǫðr ok munka dróttinn”

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Alright, so, there’s pagan black metal, there’s folk metal, and then somewhere in between you get Árstíðir lífsins. With a name that translates to “seasons of life”, the personality behind this band is immediately apparent. Aldafǫðr ok munka dróttinn is the German/Icelandic trio’s third full length release since their inception in 2008. Released last December internationally, it’s only just making its rounds in North America, so this review may be considered somewhat late. But the fact is, it’s good enough to warrant a full write-up now.

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