“As a traveler, I seek hospitality. As a wanderer, I seek immortality. As a journey through insanity, I seek divine comparity.”
- Arcturus will be streaming a live show on May 21st for free! Of course, you can donate to the cause (and you should, because… duh). Anyway, that takes place at 2:00 PM EST and will be viewable here.
- A couple new videos to share today, and the first comes from Body Count, for “Point The Finger”, which features Riley Gale of Power Trip. The video was shot entirely with the band members’ cell phones, and I approve of the improvisation.
- Temple Nightside have set August 7th as the release date for Pillars of Damnation, the fourth album for the blackened death metallers. That will be out through Iron Bonehead Productions, and you can hear the first track, titled “Death Eucharist” right now.
- And finally, we will end things with Wilderun performing a quarantine version of “Hope & Shadow”, a track taken from Sleep at the Edge of the Earth. At this point, I’m fairly certain that band can do no wrong.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Amazing outside. Can wait to spend the evening inside mindlessly staring at the internet.
- Runespell and Forest Mysticism are preparing a split album scheduled for a May 15th release. The title of that effort is Wandering Forlorn and it will be out on CD and vinyl LP formats through Iron Bonehead Productions.
- In Flames are still having fun with last year’s release, I, The Mask. For starters, they dropped a one year anniversary bundle that includes a statue and shirt. More entertainingly, they dropped an 8-bit version of the album. Arcade versions of things are always fun, so have at it.
- High Command have announced some new tour dates, including a small run of dates in Canada, at the end of April. Here is the full run of shows, including the preceding U.S. dates. Enjoy.
- Finally, since I’m still enjoying the new My Dying Bride album, here is the shiny new video for “To Outlive The Gods”, taken from The Ghost Of Orion. That album is out now on Nuclear Blast.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Content is lacking these days. Makes me sad.
- 1349 have announced a very brief run of headlining shows here in the U.S. this coming May. There are only four dates, and support will be in the form of Pulchra Morte.
- I like when booze and metal collide. See also: I like… always? Anyway, The Night Flight Orchestra have revealed both a signature wine and rum. Plot twist: it’s a rum barrel-aged riesling… and a champagne barrel-aged rum. Both created in cooperation with Phantom Spirits.
- Couple new videos to share today. The first comes from the recently-reviewed-on-Nine-Circles Intronaut. This clip is for the track “Speaking of Orbs”. A reminder (you probably don’t need) that Fluid Existential Inversions dropped last Friday through Metal Blade.
- Horn are back! The German black metallers are bringing a new album our way in 2020, titled Mohngang. That will be out on May 15th through Iron Bonehead. Check out the first single, “Satt scheint der Sud der Tat”, right now.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Anyone else in the mood for primitive, lo-fi black metal? Graves comes out of Portugal, and their debut album Liturgia da Blasfémia is exactly that. Thick, cavernous black metal that howls and drools evil all over the carpet when you let it into your house. Production that sounds like the engineer had tentacles instead of fingers. But still with just enough clarity that the intent doesn’t get lost in a wash of reverb and candle smoke. Know what I mean? Continue reading
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.
What do you think of when you see the term “blackened death” applied to a band or album? Is it predominantly death metal, but “blackened” up a bit? Is it black metal with traces of that good ol’ drop-D groove? Is it once again just a silly attempt to pigeon-hole and categorize something for easier consumption? Rhetorical questions one and all, but it helps to classify the theme for this edition of Second Circle as we check out the latest slab from Throne of Heresy and the debut from Tetragrammacide. Continue reading