Receiving the Evcharist: Cosmic Church and Mountain Rescue Session Ale

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Cosmic Church’s Täyttymys and GoodLife Brewing Company’s Mountain Rescue Session Ale.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Amorphis was May 2018’s Album of the Month!

We’re well into a new month, so that means we’re back with another chat about our favorite album from the old month! For this May-2018-edition of “old-month,” that album is Amorphis‘ spellbinding new set, Queen of Time. (Or, as one Chris Voss, might refer to it, Queen of Bee.)

Whatever you call it, it’s the Finnish legends’ thirteenth album to date, and we here at the blog were all pretty taken with it. (This time out, “we here at the blog” translates to: Dan, Corey, Chris, Vince, Hera and Mark. Josh S. wanted to be here, too, but Google Hangouts had other ideas and wouldn’t let him in. SO MUCH FOR NOT BEING EVIL, AMIRITE?)

Anyway, we all got together this past Sunday to discuss the album and are thrilled to be bringing that conversation to you now. Jump on in and take a listen!

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Album Review: Hukutus – “Oksitosiini”

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It has to be the tap water. Something uniquely peculiar in it makes the creatively inclined denizens of Tampere, Finland experience a transformation into trickster gods possessed by mischievous glee and an endless stream of weaponized ideas to introduce cosmic chaos and animalistic frenzy into everyday corporeal reality. Having done my university studies in this affable city, I have experienced first-hand how seemingly respectable would-be-intellectuals and future white-collar go-getters make rampaging beasts of themselves. Administered by the madcap collective Hukutus, Oksitosiini provides an aural encapsulation of this rambunctious metamorphosis. It is one hell of a ride without brakes or safety belts. Continue reading

Profile: Finnish Death Metallers Wrathrone

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Finnish death metallers Wrathrone have been around since 2008 and with their second full length, Reflections of Torment, newly minted to the metal masses they have firmly planted themselves into Finnish death metal royalty. The difference from debut Born Beneath is astounding. And that’s not discrediting said debut but here the songwriting and overall death metal chops are simply on another level. Two years have made all the difference and the band is much better for it. We’ve touted Finnish death metal here since forever and this album further cements that point but puts the exclamation point firmly on the melodic side. Plainly put, you need this. Anyway, just behind the album’s release we sat down with Matti and Mikael loaded with our Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading

EP-Attack: Blood Challice, Snorri and Segregación Primordial

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Photo Courtesy of Nine Circles’ own Corey Butterworth

Today we’ve got a brutal three-tape attack from the fine people over at Signal Rex. These are some pretty filthy releases. Three pretty short demo-style EPs from three pretty diverse bands from around the globe. Take some time to check them out and be sure to order the cassettes if you’re into that sort of thing as they are limited. Continue reading