Album Review: Lost in Kiev — “Rupture”

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There is little comfort nowadays. With new Covid variants, the war in Ukraine, and what feels like an incoming recession being the current fears du jour, we are trapped on rafts of our making, untethered and slowly moving towards somewhere we can dock for a time. That fleeting moment of comfort, when we can find it, turns into something we can cling to, until it no longer gives us joy. We are all hanging by a thread, and there is nothing we can do about it. This is the feeling that Rupture, Lost in Kiev’s fourth album, conveys within its atmosphere of dynamic soundscapes, subtle electronics, and eclectic melodies.

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CANTO: Weedeater, Ragana, Lost In Kiev, and More


Back to reality (again!) tomorrow. Until then, I guess I’m watching baseball? Weird.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: October 16 – 22, 2022

How do you NOT use this pic for the header?

Fearless Editor Josh™ is on a much needed vacation from the 9C offices cooking up some lovely shrimp dishes with his family, so I’m taking the reins for this week’s Initial Descent to let you heathens know what’s the what in new music being released this week. And right off the bat we got Matt Harvey and the gang from Exhumed serving up their new platter just in time for, uh…monsters and pirate cosplay, I guess? Who knows, the album kicks ass. Elsewhere we got a pair of post-rock hammers falling with both God Alone and Lost in Kiev, the re-emergence of SubRosa in their new guise of The Otolith and finally, since you know you’re curious, rising like a one-eyed yellow and black phoenix it’s Stryper. Because I don’t know if we’ve ever mentioned Stryper on this site, and I admit I dig the single.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 253 (10.15.2022)

For the last five days I’ve been trapped, sequestered in this tiny 9’X12′ space not because I’m sick, but because I’m the only one not sick. After more than two and half years my entire family have fallen ill to the COVID, and I attribute my still (reasonably) healthy body to the massive amounts of metal sliding into my brain pan. May this, the 253rd edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, keep you free from illness as well.1

We’re kicking things off with some Rhythm of Fear, whose brand of thrash has my old man bones quaking with nostalgic joy. From there we have a cut from the recent EP by Asarhaddon which hits that atmospheric black metal button I thought I had tucked away for a while now. Elsewhere the crew is pushing some great stuff, including new cuts from a slew of great bands, including Lamentations, Lost in Kiev, Exhumed, Distant, A Pregnant Light, Woods of Desolation, Envy, and frickin’ Blink-182, which is a big ol’ blast of fun. There’s even more surprises in store, but I don’t want to give away the whole store, you know?

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

1 Listening to copious amounts of metal shouldn’t be the only thing used in the fight against disease. Use your brain, get vaccinated, and maybe wash those hands a little more often, ya filthy animals.

Profile: Maxime Ingrand of Post-Rockers Lost In Kiev

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What do you want from post-rock? Is it cinematic in nature? Atmospheric? Grandiose but completely unique to a specific band? To include mountainous stories behind the music? Why choose when you can have it all with Parisian’s Lost In Kiev. Ever since 2012’s Motions the band – across two full lengths – has put to tape some of the most astounding and awe inspiring post-rock that not only has heart and soul but an endearing sense of self and depth. And on Persona, to be released later this month, they continue this trajectory but with shorter and more pointed songs. To gain some backstory on the band we recently reached out to guitarist and synth player Maxime Ingrand so head below to get the scoop. Continue reading