I swear it feels like the amount of music released increases exponentially year to year. What’s even more surprising is how much of it is actually pretty damn good. Metal had a great showing in 2016 and judging by the first few months it looks like 2017 has the potential to be even bigger. I’m sure it’s obvious, but as much as we want to cover everything in a timely fashion… well, we are but a few humble writers in a veritable ocean of albums, and the waves are only getting bigger. You can see the quandary, no?
NO? WHADDYA MEAN, NO?!
Well, for the sake of our sanity humor me, please. The Nine Circles staff are scaling Mount Purgatory in this new take on a circle pit to bring you a few albums we missed in the hopes you don’t do the same. There’s something here for everyone so tag along as we begin our ascent. Breathe the rarified air, take it all in, it’s worth it.
It’s not just rumor that I listen to an asinine amount of music. Previewing almost every single promotional album that comes through the door fits in with my obsessive personality. February 2016 really tested me. No less than one hundred and forty-two albums came through our rotating doors. And one hundred and forty-two is the number of albums I clicked play on to test them and suggest for review. So I’m a bit tired in an auditory sense. But I digress. In today’s post we will run through a bunch of larger releases that I hope no one missed and then feature nine smaller releases that are top notch. February was a great month. And another sign that 2016 is headed in very much the right direction. Continue reading →
It’s Friday! Anyone else a little underwhelmed by this week’s new release lineup? Seriously, I think I’m “whelmed” at best by it. Oh well, at the very least we’ve got a new album from Cirith Gorgor, who I can’t promise I’ll listen to, but whose appearance make me laugh pretty mightily. (See above) So if nothing else, there’s a silver lining for y’all. Anyway, here’s what’s on tap for Friday, February 19: Continue reading →
Cirith Gorgor has, frankly put, been around for awhile. In fact, under their current name (they were know as Dark Sorceress for their first three years), 2016 will mark their 20th year active. Since forming in 1996 in the Netherlands, Cirith Gorgor has brought us some of the most consistent black metal, in terms of overall quality, in the genre. Five prior full-length albums have all been met with high praise regardless of where you look. And now, with their latest effort, Visions Of Exalted Lucifer, they have proven once again that they can deliver some of black metal’s best. Continue reading →