Receiving the Evcharist: Chaos Echoes and Carnevale

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: Chaos Echoes’ Mouvement and The Lost Abbey Brewing Company’s Carnevale.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Mammoth Grinder and Denogginizer

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: Mammoth Grinder’s Cosmic Crypt and Drake’s Brewing Company’s Denogginizer.   Continue reading

Album Review: Portal – “Ion”


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You can never say enough about mystery with regards to its relationship with metal bands.  Whether you’re cloaking your name and instrument with descriptors like “Count Toothgnash on sonic death reverberations” or wrapping your personas and entire musical concept on esoteric texts or simply dressing up like a clock, there’s something to be said about not giving it all away.  Portal have always been a band steeped in mystery, from their names to their performances and their adherence to a dizzying lyrical concept running through their albums, all of which served to accentuate the murky yet blindingly fast black/death they deal in, but on their first full length in five years, Ion, they allow a small lift of the curtain, although not in an area you’d expect.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: A Congregation of Horns and Black House

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: A Congregation of Horns’ Goat Cult and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Black House.   Continue reading

Best of 2017: Mark’s List

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It was an honor joining the Nice Circles team this year. I started a series of posts called A Headbanger’s Journey that I hope to continue into 2018.  Late to the party,  I bought an absurd amount of music at the end of the year, much of it from the excellent Nine Circles coverage and I’m just now coming up for breath. In 2016 I went back in time to investigate the early death metal classics of the late 80’s/early 90’s and this year, I did the same with classic punk and hardcore. Both of those genres inform my current listening and are reflected in this list. So, let’s see where the rubber hits the road.   Continue reading