So, we’re back again. How was the week? Busy here and at one point I actually got to see the sun for once — made me happy. What’s got you excited this week? Nothing? Well, this week’s list of new metal is longer than the line waiting on summer vacation and hopefully this will lift the spirits. Leading us off this week is grindcore phenoms WAKE with their latest bunch of brutal, Misery Rites. Next up is Dead Empires who added a singer and managed to make their best hardcore / heavy as balls album yet with Designed to Disappear. Rolling on is Insect Ark with their stunning and unique horror soundtrackish / doom metal on Marrow Hymns and closing out the top spots is Huntsmen with American Scrap, an album that really surprised me with how it combines King Dude’s type of dark americana with razor sharp doom metal — trust me, this thing just works. There you have it, the intro is done but we are FAR from finished so keep reading, keep clicking and keep discovering. Continue reading
It’s the sound of a tilted landscape, of trepidatious steps down a dark hallway lined with doors hiding secrets. It’s unseen eyes watching from above, circling slowly closer and closer. It’s the buzzing in my head at 4am, riding the last dregs of caffeine, the sound intermingling with the bitterness of the coffee and the apprehension in my stomach.
It’s all of these things, and it’s none of these things. It’s Marrow Hymns, the new album from Insect Ark, and yet still I maintain it’s the sound of my own personal unease, and somewhere in the reconciliation of the two lies the review I can never write, as words would dull and diminish the mystery better experienced first hand. Continue reading
That’s right, folks…in a few short hours I will be on a plane and getting out of this god forsaken hell hole where it’s already stating to snow AGAIN and heading South for warmer climes, cooler waters, and copious amounts of alcohol – copious in this instance meaning maybe 1-2 drinks since I’m old and sleepy and my liver won’t stand for much more than that at this point.
But fear not! Our lovely editor has made sure I am not forgoing my Nine Circles duties, and has loaded me up with a ton of music to start digesting so when I get back I can get back to sharing what’s hot, what’s not, and what’ll curl your toes with glee or disgust (who am I to judge?). So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I give you a purview of a few things on my radar over the next few weeks. Does this seem like a quick ploy to bang a column out before I leave for vacation? Sure! Does it matter? You be the judge! Continue reading