It is a fairly common experience for people (read: me) getting into meditation for the first time to experience difficulty in quieting one’s mind. Repeating mantras over and over can sometimes be helpful , because that repetition gives the conscious mind a concrete task to focus on, which frees up the rest of the person. The language used can change based on the tradition it’s found in of course, but the idea of using repetition to lower defenses and experience something wonderful is all I have been able to think about as I continue to sit with Big|Brave‘s new album, A Gaze Among Them. Continue reading →
How do you describe something that defies description at every turn? What does ‘avant-garde’ even mean when you are so far removed from your peers that you don’t even seem to notice them? George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is not necessarily your go-to spirit guide for examining and understanding boundary-pushing psychedelic metal, yet here we are, listening to Waste of Space Orchestra’s monumental Syntheosis and witnessing abstract concepts swirling and coalescing around us. True to Hegel’s dialectical method, concrete meets abstract and both are reconciled to pure absolute during the course of the album, in the sublime manner of an eternally recurring sonic metamorphosis equal parts primal and cerebral.Continue reading →
Whenever I listen to an album, I try to see what I can gain from it, and that usually depends on how I am feeling week to week. It’s sometimes the reason why it takes me some time to listen to new music – it’s not the right time for me to dive in. Now, post-metal has been making a comeback in my listening rotation, and I am surprised by the melody it has implemented since I last heard some of it many years ago. In the case of Flood Peak, they have managed to blend post-metal with elements of drone and sludge to create a haunting record that recalls the inconsistency of life and its routines.
For someone who has been experiencing a lot of upheaval these last couple of months, Plagued by Sufferers is a balm to my weary soul. Continue reading →
Margaret Killjoy of Nomadic War Machine reached out to us recently with the first video single, “The Fields Lay Fallow,” off their upcoming album Always///Forever. Between the dark electronic drone and breathtaking images of witches and ceremonies I was instantly glued to what I was seeing and hearing. It had me in a trance so to speak, the music pulls you in and the visuals that Killjoy and Charlotte Taylor came up with are the perfect fit. Since it floored me so, I sent over our set of Profile questions to learn more and Killjoy wasted no time in returning answers. Head inside to find out more for yourself and don’t forget to click the links at the end to support Always///Forever so the rest of this album sees the light of day soon. Continue reading →
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.
There’s a few things in my life that get me extremely hyped up like a new batch of releases from Psychic Violence Records. The underground metal stalwarts have been churning out heavy music par excellence from some of my favorite acts like Ash Borer, Urzeit, and Ruin Lust (seriously, please listen to their album), for eight years, and the trend in quality is only ever upwards; between the latest Predatory Light full-length, Sanguine Eagle album, and the newest Akatharsia (which I raved about over here), the label’s most recent output has been some of the best they’ve ever released. So when Psychic Violence announced their newest batch of releases, I knew I couldn’t just pick one to review. That’s where our Second Circle format comes in handy. Buckle up for a double dose of destruction by way of A Story of Rats and Vilkacis. Continue reading →