CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (June 7, 2019)

Welcome to Cursed Imagery, a new series here at Nine Circles dedicated to highlighting terrific new metal album artwork. Or, probably more commonly, less than terrific new metal album artwork. (Let’s face it: not everyone can be Dan Seagrave, folks.) As metal fans, we’re well aware that there’s no shortage of fodder on this front, and it’s high time we honed back in on — and had a bit of a chuckle at — the visual side of the terror we put in our ears each week. (Or each month. Probably month, given my track record for actually writing on this site anymore. We’ll see.)

Anyway! This week’s selections are after the jump. Read on and take a look!

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Initial Descent: June 2 – 8, 2019

Cave In
Cave In

As I was expecting, Darkthrone’s Old Star does not disappoint so make sure you check it out while perusing what this week has to offer. Speaking of, there’s plenty so let’s get after it.

Cave In literally had the wind knocked out of them with the loss of bassist Caleb Scofield in early 2018 and with even a cursory listen to Final Transmission, last works with Caleb, you can feel it in every note and especially the tear jerking opener which is 100% him – not gonna lie here, it’s a tough album to get through for any fan but ohh so worth it to experience and immerse yourself in this phenomenal album. Next up, with a little extra time on their hands post Caustic recordings, Primitive Man went back in the studio and punched out Steel Casket which draws on their recent forays into noise, ambient, and drone but make no mistake; this IS a Primitive Man release and it destroys. Moving along is the debut, Steeping Corporeal Mass from Fetid, a band that picked the right name based on their nasty, corpsecrushing sound – dirty old death metal done right. Last up top is debut, Flub, from the somewhat star-studded Flub who offer up a dizzying, technical, and avantgarde approach to death metal that has something new around every corner and layers that take double digit spins to peel back. Need different? Right here.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 75 (04.13.2019)

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Welcome to another Saturday, weekend warriors.  We all collectively pulled through another one.  Why not treat yourself?  Kick back, try not to think about all the fun everyone’s having at Roadburn, and plug in some headphones.  We’ve got a brand new mixtape for you, chock full of good stuff old and new, metal and not.  Something for everyone.

– Vincent