Greetings, fellow travelers of the path, and welcome to another Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This time around, we’ve got a slew of death metal tracks, BIG|BRAVE’s noisy, glorious sludge, a little Alcest, and some classic Tom Waits & newer Steve Von Till to round things out. Check it out below.
Alright, it’s Bandcamp Friday. What did everyone snag today?
An Autumn For Crippled Children have a new album dropping on May 21st. Their second release as part of the Prosthetic Records roster will be called As The Morning Dawns We Close Our Eyes, and pre-orders are available here. A new single, “Carefully Breathing”, is also available at that link… while you’re at it.
Majestic Downfall have nailed down a release date for their new album. Their sixth album, Aorta, will be out on May 21st as well, through Personal Records. Listen to a new track called “Roberta”, and get your pre-order/wishlist-ing on, over at Bandcamp now.
Last but certainly not least, we close with the new music video from Soen for “Deceiver”. That track is taken from their latest album, Imperial, which is available now through Silver Lining Music. Curiously, that’s an album I still haven’t explored this year. Big problem.
I always appreciate these quarterly recaps that we do here at Nine Circles. With all the new music flying around week after week, month after month, it’s always good to take a minute to reflect on some of the better work we’ve been exposed to. The last few months have delivered a number of memorable albums from bigger names like Lamb of God and Amorphis, but at the same time a number of more obscure bands have forced their way into the periphery of many. My list has a bit of all that, so let’s take a look.
The guys dish on news from Immortal, as well as tour updates from a wide range of bands–including their former frontman, Abbath! Plus, new albums from Cattle Decapitation, Fear Factory and Majestic Downfall, and Dan chews gum like a cow! (Audibly!)
All that and much, much more in Episode 13, so check it out!
To be a fan of doom metal, one must have a certain acceptance and appreciation of their own self-loathing. It’s the tangent of the metal web that generally focuses negative energy inward. As such, it’s a form of music that tends to be subject to situational appreciation. But when an album with real quality hits, it implants itself in its listeners consciousness. And that’s what we have here with …When Dead, the latest release from Majestic Downfall, which leaves its mark as one of the better doom metal albums we’ve heard so far this year.