Sometimes you hit that point in your inbox where you just want to take the poor thing outside and put it out of its misery. The glut of things unassigned, unread or untouched is a sight to behold. We tread in fear of accidentally clicking on a link and having the whole thing fall in on our heads, Romanian hardcode tolling against the latest skate punk out of California busting heads with Australian progressive black metal and whatever the hell that weird buzzing sound is coming out of Europe.
It is, as they say in the parlance of the time, swole.
So for this edition of Nine Circles ov…. I thought I’d try to run through a few recent releases and give them a little space here on the site, and also ease the burgeoning hemorrhage our inbox is suffering. But time is short, and I can already see the next wave of promos coming in, so we’re gonna make this quick and relegate each release to a single sentence. Ready? Set? Go! Continue reading →
Another year has flown by. We are all, all of us, closer to death. By roughly one year, depending on how rough a year it was for you. One thing that helped take the stress out of the year, aside from music, was the cover artwork on some of our favorite albums. Beautiful, twisted and sometimes insane, cover art gave us an initial glimpse into the music within as well as something to stare at while attempting to hold back the tears. With that in mind, Corey and I (Manny-O-War) sat down to parse out what some of the most inspirational and beautiful artwork of this year was. We considered not only the beauty, horror or intrigue but also how well the artwork encapsulated the music within. There were other albums that, while they had beautiful artwork, the artwork really didn’t have anything to do with the music. That’s a shame. So here are nine of our favorites. Continue reading →
Another three months has flown by. Here we are, halfway through yet another year of metal releases and real life. Theoretically, we all should be a few months older and wiser by now but we all know that is a bunch of malarkey. What we are is slightly more confused about what we are, who we are and what our purpose is in this world. Well, I can tell you one thing: a noble purpose is to consume absurd amounts of art. So this year, consume absurd amounts of metal and remember, as always, to Hail Satan!
Twenty-six is not that young. But it does mean that you were shot forth from your mother’s womb in either 1988 or 1989; thus, it’s not that old either. If you ask me, it’s quite a young age to be writing mature music or tackling and reinventing the roots of thrash metal. But that’s exactly what the duo of mid-twenties Norwegians known as Deathhammer have done. Their new, third full-length, Evil Power is a gift to the gods of thrash—a pure throwback album laced with all the ferocity of our new millennium. Continue reading →