CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (September 27, 2019)

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Maaaan, it’s a busy week for new metal. This is the first time since I started doing this column that the number of releases dropping on Friday — not “over the weekend” or “early next week”; today — spanned more than a full page on Metal-Archives’ Upcoming Releases list. And as you might expect from the sheer volume of stuff dropping… yes, there were definitely some gems on the album artwork front. I’ve whittled the list down to six highlights in particular, so let’s jump into that now!

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CANTO: Kreator, Novembers Doom, Insomnium, and More

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This Monday has a very Tuesday feel. And that’s not a good thing.

  • Kreator have announced a new bassist today. The thrash giants welcome Frédéric Leclercq to their lineup. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he spent some time with Dragonforce dating back to 2005.
  • Novembers Doom dropped a couple new singles today in the build up to the November 1st release of Nephilim Grove. You can check out the title-track here, and also a song called “Petrichor” here.
  • In case you missed this little nugget of drama today, Flaw was accused of ripping off a song put together by a YouTuber some time ago… and they have since addressed it. Make of it what you will. I’m moving on.
  • Anybody else miss the new Insomnium video for “Heart Like A Grave”? That album drops on October 4th through Century Media and let me tell you… it is unsurprisingly brilliant.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: DragonForce, Demons & Wizards, Golgotha, and More

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Two day streak!

  • Let’s start with an update from Golgotha. The Spanish doomers are preparing to release their fourth album, titled Erasing the Past, through Xtreem Music. It will be out on October 22nd, and you can check out a new track called “Distorted Tears” right now. Spoiler alert: it be good.
  • I stumbled on this Demons & Wizards footage from Wacken Open Air 2019 and got super nostalgic. This is a performance of the track “The Gunslinger”. I need to get back to that festival some year. Ya know, now that I’m a wise old man and all.
  • I’m not sure if anyone is familiar with, or planning on attending, HorrorHound Weekend (September 6-8 in Indianapolis). But if you are, you’ll be able to catch John 5 performing that Saturday. 
  • Ya know what? Let’s cram another YouTube link in here. DragonForce dropped a new video for “Heart Demolition”, off of the upcoming Extreme Power Metal full length out on September 27th. Let’s watch it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Hour of Penance, KEN mode, DragonForce, and More

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Adobe has taken my soul.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Nine Circles ov…”Obscure” Metal Records We Didn’t Review in 2017 (Until Now)

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We here at Nine Circles endeavor to bring to you, our devoted readers, as much razor sharp insight and commentary into the hidden pockets, nooks, and crevices the extreme metal world can offer.  We have burrowed into the underground scenes of Singapore and the Philippines, profiled some of the best and darkest metal labels around, and even reviewed a record or two.

But even our exacting eye and archeological know-how can’t dig up every release that comes out in a year.  Sometimes things get lost in the panoply of splits, reissues, cassette only demos and 800g quadruple sided splattered with the tears of an angel vinyl exclusive.  Who knows how these obscure nuggets missed our Sauron gaze? Lack of marketing funds? Little social media presence?  It doesn’t matter, for in today’s edition of Nine Circles ov… I attempt to shed some light on these obscure, little known bands…

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