When you start digging into black metal, Gorgoroth inevitably falls into the mix, and it was there that I first discovered Kristian Eivind Espedal, aka Gaahl. Blasphemy though it may be, the band as a whole didn’t stick with me, but as Gaahl moved on I stayed with him, following his brief aggressive burst with God Seed as well as his work with the more introspective Wardruna. But it wasn’t until Gaahl’s WYRD that the man found an outlet that really spoke to his increasingly divergent interests, and two years after a stellar debut we’re graced with the mini-album The Humming Mountain. Surprising no one, it’s really good.Continue reading
I photographed a show last night! …And am aggressively paying for it today. I’ve missed this.
- Let’s lead off with Gaahls WYRD, who announced a new mini album titled The Humming Mountain. The official release date is November 5th through Season of Mist, but you can check out one of the five new tracks, the title track, right now.
- Gemini Syndrome have announced the “Initiation” U.S. tour, that runs from October 28th through November 27th. They’ll be supported directly by Ovtlier and Oh! The Horror, and tickets can be acquired here.
- In case you missed the Erdve performance from the Lukiškės prison in Lithuania, which took place last September, the full show is now available for streaming.
- Sijjin have set November 12th as the release date for their debut through Sepulchral Voice Records. Sumerian Promises can be pre-ordered here, and be sure to check out the first new track, “Darkness on Saqqara”, right here.
- Whitechapel dropped another new single and video from Kin, titled “A Bloodsoaked Symphony”, which we’ll close with on this fine Thursday. Just a reminder, that album drops on October 29th through Metal Blade.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Peek behind the curtains, look in the crevices of dark corners unexamined by light and that’s where I’ve been finding some of the best music of 2019. Last week we took a stroll through some of the best power metal to strike sword and shield this year, and the chance to do the same with black metal was too good to pass up. So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… we’re going back into the dark to look at the some of the best the genre has proffered for our alien oblations, keeping away from the big hitters (but DAMN I dig that Abbath) as well as any we might have already mentioned on the site or the podcast. Don your cloak, grab your candelabra, and let’s journey into the dark night of black metal, 2019. Continue reading
I’m gathering that I’m not supposed to like both Batushka things happening. I’m also gathering that I don’t care.
- This one’s for Dan, even though he may already be aware of it. GosT has announced the next studio album, Valediction, will be out on October 4th. Furthermore, for those of you in Europe, you can catch GosT on tour with Mayhem and Gaahls Wyrd in November.
- Speaking of Batushka, they’ll be headlining some North American dates this coming November and December. Tickets go on sale Friday. I plan on dabbling. Oh yes I do.
- Monolord have set a release date of September 20th for their Relapse Records debut album, called No Comfort. You can check out a new song called “The Bastard Son” now, and catch them on tour in Europe in October and in the U.S. in November. So much Monolord. Very good.
- Let’s check out a new song from Israeli thrash band Shredhead. The song is called “Unmarked” and it features captured footage from a recent tour in Japan. It’s quite good.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”