Hello and welcome to another definitely on time edition of the Nine Circles Playlist in which I did not drop the ball and forget about this write-up. This week, we have an excellent new single from Stone Healer, some classic Bolt Thrower, and…Europe? Like “The Final Countdown” Europe? Yes, the very same. We can’t help that we contain multitudes.
Lux Nigredo, the second full length from Floridians Grave Gnosis, loosely means illumination of putrefaction or decomposition. And being that this album is based on the steps to Transcendent Death, I’d say this loose translation is somewhat accurate whether intended or not. Its foundations are in black metal—and death metal to a lesser extent—and its beauty is in its atmospheric and trancelike presentation. Even through the, at times, muddled production and astoundingly dizzying passages it is an album that beckons repeat listens to fully grasp the material and even then the feeling is one of barely scratching the surface of music versus meaning.
What a week. There’s so much behind that, I can’t even. But, it’s Saturday now and time to put that in the rearview. It’s also time for our weekly mixtape (playlist for you young bucks) of tunes we’ve been jamming ’round the back office. Corey drops some classic Emperor and a long cut from Unreqvited, Ian brings a Deeds tribute track from Defeated Sanity and a banger from Dying Fetus, Zyklonius offers up a Cult of Luna track, Vince has a new ERR + Thou cut, Angela goes in varying directions with SEA and Russian Circles, and I drop the new ones from Eyehategod, Every Time I Die and Grave Gnosis. All that and a ton more is hiding right under that play button below so hit that and do whatever you do on a Saturday. See you back here soon.