CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (August 23, 2019)

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Somehow, we’re coming up on three straight months of this column, which just…boggles my mind. This thing already eclipsed by Blog Segment Consistency record, like, two months ago. When the gift is ridiculous album covers, the metal world keeps on giving, I guess. Anyway, we’ve got a packed edition for you this week, so let’s jump in!

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 85 (6.22.2019)

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Another week has gone by and I’ve found myself beset with yet another annoying round of illness.  I’m beginning to question if there isn’t some divine presence out there that is punishing me for something or another; I used to be one of those people who never gets sick, and in the last 7 months I’ve dealt with everything from the flu to e. coli.  Fortunately it’s the weekend, which means I get free reign to lay around in bed and recuperate with some good music, and so do you, thanks to another installment of our weekly playlist.  Of particular note this week is the new Drab Majesty single and video accompaniment, which a ton of us on staff are going nuts for, but there’s plenty in there for any and all tastes.  Take a listen below, and as always, thanks for checking us out.

– Vincent

CANTO: Equilibrium, Possessed, Exumer, and More

equilibrium 2019If I don’t get in at least two Cantos per week, am I even responsible for Cantos at all? Yes. The answer is yes.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: August 12, 2016

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Ahead of a live debut at Migration Fest, Oregon’s Mizmor releases its new full-length, “Yodh,” on August 12.

Hey kids. I’m technically late with this because I’m at Migration Fest, but you know what? As I’m writing this, it’s only 9:45 AM out here in Olympia, Washington, so you can suck it. We’ll keep it quick because I’ve got a lot more to get to today — namely, exploring, festival stuff, beer drinking, etc. What’s coming out this week? Well, the highlight is Mizmor, whose new full-length, Yodh, finally drops today. There’s also stuff from Equilibrium (who I definitely didn’t realize were still a band), Vader, and all manner of other things. Marsh Dweller also technically drops on Monday, but I’m gonna cover it this week, because it’s pretty cool. So take a little look below and see for yourself — here’s what we’ve got on tap:
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The Nine Circles ov…Equilibrium

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So not that long ago, during a Retrospective piece on their second album, Sagas, I mentioned that I’d been listening to a lot of German folk metal vets Equilibrium while re-reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Well, those books being the lengthy bastards that they are, I’m still re-reading them. And thus, I’m still listening to these guys, whom I’ll defend to the death as the ideal companion music for fantasy-based reading.

With four full-lengths to their name so far, Equilibrium’s got plenty of material to choose from in compiling these kinds of lists. Hell, you could pick nine from Sagas alone and it’d be a pretty damn good list. Ultimately, I culled from all four in creating my playlist, so here it is: the Nine Circles ov Equilibrium.  Continue reading