Receiving the Evcharist: Death Goals & Herja

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you a surplus of alcohol and a fantastic album to review, you make a Evcharist out of them. Today we will be exploring the kaleidoscopic hardcore of Death Goals’ A Garden of Dead Flowers alongside Groenfell Meadery’s Herja.

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Nine Circles ov…Recent Albums Keeping Me Tethered to Metal

It’s been over nine weeks since I’ve written anything for the site other than the weekly playlists and – truth be told – I was feeling a little less than enthusiastic about the state of extreme music in the year of our (metal) Lord 2023. Most of my music explorations have been outside the genre or stuck in the well-worn alleys of nostalgia. Which is perfectly fine, and simply notes my connection to metal, not the state of the music for the rest of the world.

There have been rays of light here and there, though: the latest platters from VoidCeremony, Dødheimsgard and Liturgy – all reviewed by our killer staff – found a place in my rotation. But for this edition of Nine Circles ov... I want to focus (for what I think is the fourth time) on recent albums not covered by the site but found a way to break through the wall I’ve put up to focus on other avenues of interest. Maybe you’re in a similar place, and maybe you’ve found some of the music I’ve recommended in the past to speak to you like they do me. Let’s find out.

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Album Review: Allfather — “A Violent Truth”

Allfather - A Violent Truth

Newsflash for anyone still doing the ostrich thing (and who can blame you?): the world is a dumpster fire not-so-slowly creeping towards epic proportions. No need to recount the many ways this is happening and has happened; we’re living and breathing it every single moment. With that said, the title for Medway, UK based Allfather’s third full length, A Violent Truth, couldn’t be more on the nose if it tried. Allfather are no stranger to rage fueled metal – it’s been their calling card since debuting back in 2015. Eight years later the band finds new levels of anger and vitriol to fuel the sonic fire of a world gone mad, congealing all the insanity into one hell of a satisfying record. It’s no secret the band has been a favorite of the 9C crew since, well…forever, so when both Josh and Chris got their fingers in the promo pile at the same time, we’re doing a two hands on deck type of deal. Enjoy.

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Album Review: Stormo — “Endocannibalismo”

Prosthetic Records has been on something of a tear lately. From last year’s excellent Phobophilic album to upcoming releases from Dawn Ray’d and Sunrot, the label has been scooping up talent both new and established and seeing their artists release some of their best works underneath the PR banner. One release I have been particularly looking forward to is Endocannibalismo, the newest release from Italian hardcore act Stormo; while not a name I would have guessed I would see alongside the rest of Prosthetic’s roster, they nevertheless have risen to the challenge of putting out an album that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the quality the label is putting out as of late.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Gillian Carter and Gray Whale Gin

Receiving the Evcharist 2018


Happy Friday. To celebrate another week down the hatch, I thought it might be nice to revisit this column yet again. This time, we’re spinning Gillian Carter’s Salvation Through Misery and sipping some Golden State Distillery’s Gray Whale gin.

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