Second Circle: Void Ritual (Slight Return)

void ritual second circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

There was the briefest of moments, listening to the second album in the span of two weeks from New Mexico’s Void Ritual that I got angry.  It was a green-tinged anger, the kind that could only come from the jealous realization that here was a man doing what I was attempting to do, but doing it with a breadth and passion and technical execution I would always dream of but never achieve.  And twice in August!  It’s like that sometimes, and it passes quickly enough when I remember I didn’t corner the market on crippling self doubt.  It also helps that Daniel Jackson, the man behind Void Ritual is by all accounts (including my own) a hell of a good guy so for this edition of Second Circle I put aside my childish envy and revel in my admiration to engage with his latest two full-lengths.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Void Ritual and Eel River Organic Porter

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: Void Ritual’s Death is Peace and Eel River Brewing Company’s Organic Porter.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 29 – August 4, 2018

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Void Ritual – Dan Jackson

This week, we cross into August and amazingly this rock we call earth is still here. Ten thousand wonders. As we spiral further into the abyss, stock in the metal we love goes up, obviously, because what else can we fall back on that will always be there like a glowing beacon of eternal fire? With that said, it’s time to see what this week has in store. Carry on…

Void Ritual leads the charge and rightfully so, Death Is Peace is not only a tour-de-force of melodic second wave..ish black metal and arguably the band’s best work to date but the revenue from its sales will go to The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women so GO BUY IT! Rhode Island’s gory death metal duo Blight House give us their debut Summer Camp Sex Party Massacre just in time for memories of an actual summer camp with a killer running around to still be relevant. And, Abhorrent Deformity offer up yet another gory platter of technically brutal death metal in the form of their second effort Slaughter Monolith.

An outstanding black metal album and two horrifically gory death metal albums up here for you to chew on. AND, there’s much more to digest below so hang around and start clicking. You’re welcome. Enjoy your Monday and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Continue reading