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.
It’s been a week, folks. And when it’s been a week like this particular week has been, you use music for different things. There were moments when I needed it to be loud, abrasive, and aggressive enough to drown out the anger and rage and sadness, and there were moments when I needed it to bring me to a safe place, a place where I could float away and get lost. Shuffling through the new and upcoming releases, I kept coming back to two albums that managed to do the job, so for this edition of the Second Circle let’s plunge into the depths with Shame Ritual and Ruby the Hatchet. Continue reading