Album Review: Paradise Lost — “Obsidian”

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Paradise Lost are one of those bands where everyone has their favorite album, and they’re all different from person to person.  Whether it’s Draconian Times or Host or their eponymous debut, The Plague Within, One Second, whatever, it’s hard to argue that there isn’t something to enjoy in the vast scope of their catalogue.  Personally, when I first heard 2018’s Medusa, I was sure that they could not get better than the ultra-heavy kick-in-the-face that album was.  I was wrong.  Obsidian is more than just a follow-up to Medusa.  It’s everything that was good about Medusa turned up to 11. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Pile of Priests on their upcoming album, life during COVID, working with Dan Swanö, 70,000 Tons of Metal, and more!

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Denver’s Pile of Priests have been around since 2009 and have slowly been carving out a name for themselves in the death metal arena. Their first full length Void To Enlightenment saw the band get down and dirty with their own style which traverses tech death but offered so much more than just tech and old school. And now with their second offering Pile of Priests they truly carve their own path in today’s death metal landscape with razor sharp attention to detail and nasty little hooks that set deep. This is an album that will appeal to a broad set of metal and heavy rock fans, it’s broad and diverse without ever losing its vicious edge. So, head below for all the details.
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Nine Circles ov…Random VNYL Metal Records

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It started about two years ago, and I have our Fearless Editor Josh to blame.  For Christmas I received a flat, square cardboard box containing a creamy white edition of the self titled album from Succumb.  I didn’t have a turntable…yet.

Two years later and I have a hefty collection spanning a plethora of genres, largely thanks my inability to stop my subscription to VNYL, a curated record subscription service.  Every month I get three albums created to my tastes based on my listening history on Spotify as well as my Discogs collection.  It can be hit or miss, particularly with their metal selections, but every time I start to pick up the phone to cancel another batch comes in with a surprise that makes me think, “Damn…maybe I should hold off another month.”   So for this edition of Nine Circles ov…let’s dive into nine curated metal selections sent to me and see if they’re truly reflective of my listening tastes.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Black Curse and Kool Kid Hops

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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: Black Curse’s Endless Wound and Chapman Crafted Beer’s Kool Kid Hops. Continue reading

Album Review: Fange — “Pudeur”

If you’re familiar with my work around here, you know that I have a specific philosophy when it comes to death metal.  I like my death metal like I like my steak: thick, beefy, juicy and I need to be left sweating and nearly comatose after consuming it.  That being said, there’s always room for improvement on the original recipe, a little twist of seasoning to zhoozh the whole affair up.  Enter Fange and their fourth full length Pudeur, who effortlessly take the tried and true death metal formula and pepper in a whole mess of electronic noise goodness. Continue reading