CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (June 21, 2019)

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Three weeks in a row! Never thought I’d get to this point again. I guess it is easier to keep up with posting when you’re working a three-12-hour-shift nursing schedule than a traditional 9-to-5. Hard to not find enough time to rag on a few album covers with that schedule.

The trouble, this week, was finding album covers that deserved to be ragged on. Since our debut post a couple weeks ago, the well of standout album covers (good or bad) has dried up a bit. Not totally, of course, but…we’ve been forced to get a bit more creative in our selections. There are even some I’m gonna be complimentary of this week! Crazy, huh?

Anyway, enough rambling — hit the jump for my album art highlights from the week of June 21-27!

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Initial Descent: June 16 – 22, 2019

Lunar Shadow
Lunar Shadow

By the time this goes to press, I’ll be having my morning coffee sitting on the sand and near the waves for the first time since last year. Needless to say, I’ll be in my happy place and will be enjoying every second of it. Luckily, I will have brought along some of this week’s new metal which will, of course, only enhance the week ahead. A trio of heavy metallers get this edition of new releases under way; one that leans towards the goth side: Lunar Shadow, one that leans towards the fantasy side: Gygax, and one that leans towards the thrash side: Kryptos, and all of which kick some major heavy metal ass. Which leads us to the last top slot with newcomers Murk Rider who weave long, epic and twisting black metal tales to add the just the right amount of darkness to my current playlist.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 82 (6.1.2019)

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Maniacs, demons, and real rockers rejoice: another Saturday is upon us.  Time to wake up, get fueled up, and dig into our Saturday playlist.  If this is the first time you’re here, we put together a list of all the music we’ve been listening to throughout the week to give you a peek behind the curtain into the inner workings of the minds of the people who write for Nine Circles.  New, old, heavy, softer, it’s all in there as long as it’s good.  Take a gander at the link below and maybe you’ll find something new to soundtrack your weekend with.

– Vincent

Interview: India’s Thrash Metal Powerhouse Kryptos

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With just over 2 months to go for the end of the year, there’s been another killer release from the Indian metal scene; Burn up the night by heavy metal band Kryptos. The band are one of the oldest surviving metal bands in India. Over the past 18 years they have released 3 albums.

Burn up the Night released through AFM Records features a straight up 80’s heavy metal sound which will appeal particularly to “old school” metal fans. I enjoyed the album as the songwriting and production contrasts with the sterile sounds of upcoming bands

I (Peter ‘Trendcrusher‘ K.) spoke to vocalist/guitarist Nolan Lewis about their change in sound, music videos and their recent European tour. Continue reading