Nine Circles ov…Divebomb Records

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It’s August, which I feel is enough time to start building the argument that one of the releases destined to end up on my 2020 EOY list is a compilation of demos that were originally released in 1990.  One of my “safe places” during this shitstorm that is the current world politic has been retreating to the sounds that made me fall in love with metal, metal that moved beyond the hairspray and whirlwind solos that attracted me in the first place.

With that in mind, I want to focus this edition of Nine Circles ov… on the absolute treasure trove that is Divebomb Records (not to mention parent company Tribunal Records).  The work they’re doing releasing obscure and oftentimes unrecognized early metal gems—not to mention some great packaging when it comes to physical releases—has been exemplary, and the chance to highlight some of the many, many great pieces I’ve found digging through their Bandcamp page is one I couldn’t pass up. Continue reading

CANTO: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Khôrada, Lunar, and More

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Great. Now I have to reintegrate with society. Ugh.

  • Fleshgod Apocalypse dropped some exciting news today. The Italian symphonic death metallers are returning to North America in 2020 with support from The Agonist. But wait, there’s more! They’re bringing a classical string quartet with them! That’s certainly going to take their live show to another level… not that it isn’t ridiculous (in a good way) already.
  • Let’s add another reason why I need to be at the LA version of Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer festival, yeah? Prosthetic Records is teaming up with Decibel (duh) and Metal Monkey Brewing to release the “Hops of No Light” double IPA. It will be the official beer of the festival, which is ambitious. Because it’s a double IPA. And those murder (in a good way). I would know, I’m drinking a Heady Topper right now.
  • So this is a wicked bummer because I super enjoyed the debut album (see also: only album) from Khôrada, but it appears that project ended as quickly as it started. It was a very quiet announcement, with a couple members dropping info on the socials and whatnot. I’m not going to direct more people in that direction because that’s always a tired game, but here’s the link to the Metal Archives page if you need visual confirmation of some kind.
  • Not really much along the lines of new videos today, so here’s an animated clip for Lunar’s track “Comfort”. Prog metal on a Tuesday, why not? Their latest album, Eidolon, dropped last Friday through Divebomb records.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: July 28 – August 3, 2019

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Excuse

Between Des leaving High On Fire, Rutger Hauer passing, and Call of the Void calling it quits, last week was a dumpster fire of epic proportions. But, we must carry on. All I can offer is new metal so sit down, read up, and hang on…

Finland’s answer to all things good in heavy and speed metal, Excuse, offer up their debut full length and if you missed out on their exceptional EP Goddess Injustice please go study up ahead of this slab of killer with zero filler. Speaking of killer, Sanguisugabogg (say that five times fast) do outstanding things to death metal on their EP and yes, I know it came out last week but we missed it and now we didn’t – you don’t miss it either. The sucking out of life force that graces Grogus’ debut full length exactly matches the intensity of the sludge, death, and hardcore contained within – plus, it’s a forward thinking album with many twists and surprises afoot. And, last up top is the third full length from England’s heavy metal bruisers Eradikator who shred their way through nine tracks of extremely catchy steel. 

More to follow so keep up. Continue reading

CANTO: Lacuna Coil, All That Remains, Chevelle, and More

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I am back from Wyoming and have returned to the pathetic existence that is routine.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: October 7 – 13, 2018

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Vanhelgd

I’m seeing tons more people getting into the whole 31 days of horror extravaganza this year and want to remind everyone to not miss the Blood Red series from Chris where he goes all in for Hooptober. This is the month where horror and metal collide in an evil symphony and needless to say, I’ll drink to that. Speaking of metal, there’s plenty of it this week so let’s get to it…

Swedish death metallers Vanhelgd offer up their fifth installment of insanely good death metal on Deimos Sanktuarium and yes, it is better than Temple of Phobos. NY’s King Buffalo may tag themselves as heavy blues but after spending much time with their second full length Longing To Be the Mountain I would add ‘explosion’ to that tag – it’s an explosion of ideas; a psychedelic cousin and a blues brother meet up to grab drinks with a rocker friend and a metal head uncle. Great second effort here. Vermithrax make their brand of thrash pulse with the soul of classic heavy metal on Imperium Draconus and Solium Fatalis return with a crunchy, melodic blast of death and black metal on Genetically Engineered To Enslave – the production on this thing is unbelievable which is good news for eardrums all around the world.

Stacked week so far but there’s much more candy to enjoy below, go get them. Continue reading