The Abyss Gazes Back: Vincent Makes Sense of His Anticipated Albums from 2017

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You may recall in January, I was one of many here at Nine Circles who published a list of albums I was excited for in the coming year.  With 2017 almost over, it’s time now to look back and see how these albums stacked up against my expectations.  Who delivered, and who left me wanting more?  Read on to find out. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 11 – 17, 2017

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Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages…wait, this ain’t no circus. This is metal. And we have plenty of it to sift through today on Initial Descent. Over the top? Meh, just do it already. Leading off is Cavernlight‘s debut full length As We Cup Our Hands and Drink From the Stream and don’t let that long title throw you, this is an album heavy on doom metal with chunks of noise and black metal expertly woven in to create a massive sound befitting of the long title. Next up are the “wall of death metal” masters Impetuous Ritual with their latest effort Blight Upon Martyred Sentience and trust me when I say: this band has done the impossible and not only bettered their previous outings but made it sound all the more dangerous yet crystal clear — a masterwork of avantgarde death metal. Moving along are the 27 year veterans Aposento with their second full length Bleed to Death and if you’re looking for death metal that’s in strict adherence to the old ways then this is it, highly recommended. Rolling on, if I were to tell you there’s an album out this week that blisters and bubbles in it’s heavy metal sincerity would you believe me? Rhetorical question, there is and it’s Iced Earth with Incorruptible — if you know then good, if not go find out. Not quite last but filling out the top slots is Tombs with The Grand Annihilation and having spent the better part of the last two days with this thing I can safely say this is one of, if not, the best album this band has done to date. Strong words indeed but the heavier lean on black metal combined with their trademark bruising is amazing. Don’t stop there as there is soooo much more to get to, after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Cavernlight – “As We Cup Our Hands and Drink From the Stream of Our Ache”

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It is always an exciting time when I get the opportunity to see if one of my more anticipated releases holds up to my expectations.  If you will recall, Cavernlight‘s debut full length, As We Cup Our Hands and Drink From the Stream of Our Ache, ended up on my list of such albums coming this year with high praise already thrown at it before even a note of music was heard.  Now that I’ve sat with the full album for some time, I can say without a doubt that this album did not let me down in the slightest. Continue reading

Gazing Into the Abyss – Vincent’s Anticipated Albums of 2017

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After the astounding year for music that was 2016, at least in my humble opinion, it seems hard to imagine anything in the coming year topping the best of what I heard last year. Yet already there are numerous albums teased that signal another great time for music ahead of us. Keep your 2016 favorites (and your 2015 favorites, and 2014, and 2013…) spinning, but don’t forget to keep an eye on the horizon. If you need some guidance, below are five albums that are coming out in the new year that I am excited for. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Cavernlight and Dubhe Imperial Black IPA

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Welcome back to Receiving the Evcharist. Since this is going to be published on Friday, I would like to say that I hope my American friends and family reading this had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hopefully when this goes live I will be stuffed with turkey and apple pie, and halfway to Death Valley for a weekend long camping trip. For now though, it’s Wednesday night and I’m enjoying the calm before the storm of cooking that will take place tomorrow afternoon.  What’s on the table tonight? The Metal: Cavernlight’s Corporeal. The Booze: Uinta Brewing Company’s Dubhe Imperial Black IPA.

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