Life is all about contrasts. Some big, some small, some noticeable and some not so much. But in the end, without them, this would be a boring and laborious life. With that said, for this edition of Second Circle I’m taking a look at two albums that are sharp and stark in their contrasts but both have made an indelible impact on my listening habits as of late and both stood out instantly as albums I’d be engrossed in for different reasons and for some time to come. These albums are Slegest‘s Introvert and Ævangelist‘s Matricide In the Temple of Omega. Continue reading →
By the time this goes to print, I’ll be on the way back from the Holy City where I’ll have indulged in breweries, old architecture and a graveyard or two (hey, old architecture there too) but for sure will have several of this week’s new offerings in my ears for the duration. What exactly is new this week? Read on to find out…
Kicking this thing off in grand fashion is the ever suffocating and esoteric maelstrom of darkness that is Ævangelist on Matricide In the Temple of Omega, this is a band that defies categorization but always pushes the boundaries of black and death metal as well as its listener’s limits. Don’t just sample it, completely bury yourself in its hour of audio terror. Next up is Ghostly White from Deceased who over the course of 30 years and some change have put out consistently great death metal and this eighth full length is no exception but furthermore after all this time the band seems to have more energy than ever and dare I say the best chops yet. Moving along is Introvert from Norway’s Slegest which really scratches that black ‘n’ roll itch I get from time to time, this things just rocks. Period. Last in this week’s opening four is Arête with their debut full length Hymnal which expands on everything that made their 2016 EP such a hit. They’ve taken a genre tag, atmospheric black metal, and offered us the very definition of its parts – as the weather turns cold this is an outstanding companion to steal away from the surrounding world and its crazed pace.
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: Avast’s Mother Culture and Pizza Port Brewing Company’s Party Shirt. Continue reading →
It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases (and old release) we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week!
February 17, 2015
Solium Fatalis – The Undying Season (Galy Records)
Soooo…this thing isn’t on Spotify or Bandcamp. Or Soundcloud. Bold strategy there, guys. Corey and I have the full album and will be ready to discuss on the pod, but…unless you guys want to buy this thing sound unheard, you’re gonna have to settle for the band’s new single, “Corruptor,” for now.
Death Karma – The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I (Iron Bonehead)
Kraków – Amaran (Dark Essence)
We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 40!
Other New Releases of Note:
Sumac – The Deal (Profound Lore)
Primitive Man – Home Is Where the Hatred Is (Relapse)
If you’re of a gambling persuasion, you can probably bet on not finding an album as all-over-the-place Kraków‘s newest one, Amaran, over the rest of this year. Don’t be mistaken—that’s a compliment. While the Norwegian sludgy post-metallers use the same basic set of ingredients as they had on past works like Monolith and Diin, they’ve widened their scope considerably for album number three, exploring a more dramatic range of both heavy and psychedelic sounds. As a result, we get a consistently engaging listen that represents some of the band’s best work to date. Continue reading →