Album Review: Defeated Sanity — “The Sanguinary Impetus”

Defeated Sanity - The Sanguinary Impetus

Admittedly, I get drawn to high-minded concept, philosophical lyrics or cerebral, progressive elements that stretch the limits of the genres in metal all the time.  I love an album that is evocative, that makes me think about the world around me in new ways.  Equally as much, I love an album that’s ignorantly heavy and chock full of crushing, guttural brutality with just a hint of tasty experimentation, and sometimes it’s exactly what I need.  Thankfully, there’s Germany’s tech/brutal death metal veterans Defeated Sanity and their sixth installment The Sanguinary Impetus to smash my brain into a pulp. Continue reading

Album Review: Behold…the Arctopus — “Hapeleptic Overtrove”

It’s no secret that I am a gigantic fan of anything involving Colin Marston.  From his more well know tenures in bands like Gorguts, Krallice and Dysrythmia to engineering, mixing and mastering some of my favorite albums, I genuinely believe there’s nothing he can’t do.  My fascination with Martson began when I first heard Behold…the Arctopus like 15 years ago, and for a long time I simply knew him as “the Warr Guitar guy.”  On Hapeleptic Overtrove, Marston picks the Warr guitar back up, but this album is anything but the usual business, as if there was such a thing. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Chepang and Sloop Brewing’s Turbo Speed

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

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: Chepang’s Chatta and Sloop Brewing’s Turbo Speed. Continue reading

Album Review: Artificial Brain – “Infrared Horizon”

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If we’re gonna talk about Artificial Brain and their new behemoth of an album Infrared Horizon, we need to talk about space.  And I don’t mean space as in the overall concept of the record, or indeed of the band’s thematic palette.  I’m talking about the space in between notes, the dynamic release of tension that is essential in order to break apart the monotony that a record this dense can easily fall prey to.

In other words, let me tell you how Artificial Brain learned every lesson they needed to learn in order to craft one of the best death metal albums of the year.   Continue reading

Best of 2016: Zyklonius’ List

Nine Circles Best of 2016 Standard

I am writing this intro blurb on Christmas eve, on Lemmy’s birthday and almost exactly a year after his death. Today, the largest newspaper in Finland published a fascinating article discussing Lemmy’s life (unfortunately in Finnish). The article’s lead paragraph notes the failure of humanity to carry on without Lemmy and the shockwave his death created, paving the way for 2016 in all its depressing grimness. Continue reading