Album Review: Churchburn – “None Shall Live… The Hymns of Misery”

Churchburn - None Shall Live...The Hymns of Misery

On second full length, None Shall Live…The Hymns of Misery, Churchburn take a lateral step into doom territory in lieu of continuing down the same charred, sludge path from their debut. Sludge and doom share many traits so it’s not a far cry but the violent and rough edges since The Awaiting Coffins have been hewn like a sculpture awaiting the art gallery. It most definitely is a surprise in approach but turns out to be a saving grace that not even I saw coming. Continue reading

Second Circle: Progenie Terrestre Pura and Frayle

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief.

When in doubt, take a cue from Bard himself.  Or herself.  Or whoever it is we suspect Shakespeare to be this week (I’m only a quarter of the way Rosenbaums’s The Shakespeare Wars).  Anyway, for this edition of Second Circle we’re focusing on new EPs coming out this week so let’s take the plunge and check out the latest spaced out black metal of Progenie Terrestre Pura and the wallowing psych-tinged doom of Frayle.   Continue reading

Album Review: Yob – “Our Raw Heart”

YOB - Our Raw Heart

We count time in moments, not minutes.  Minutes are an easy subdivision, a common agreement to note the objective passage of time.  But we never objectively pass time: our “time” is made up of moments that can feel like a second or a lifetime.  A minute is nothing without the events that fill it, and those events can warp and distort our perception of time in the best and worst ways.  All of which goes to say that what for us may feel like about four years since Oregon titans of doom Yob released an album, it can never match or compare to how long it must have felt for Mike Scheidt and company to release Our Raw Heart, a piercing catharsis that seeks to make sense of the tumultuous events of Scheidt’s recent past, and not coincidentally some of their best work to date.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: YOB’s Aaron Rieseberg on “Our Raw Heart,” defeating adversity and more!

YOB
YOB – photo courtesy of  Jimmy Hubbard

It will come as no surprise to anyone reading this that YOB‘s upcoming eighth full length, Our Raw Heart, is superb. If the band is anything, it’s reliable — album after album. After going through a near-fatal bout of diverticulitis, frontman Mike Scheidt knuckled down to piece together what would become the bones of this album with a vigor that shocked everyone. Once able to share his ideas with drummer Travis Foster and bassist Aaron Rieseberg, the unspoken chemistry ignited.  Continue reading