CANTO: Empyrium, Scardust, TesseracT, and More

At least the Champions League matches have been entertaining today.

  • TesseracT have released details for P O R T A L S, a live cinematic experience. That event will take place on December 12th, and will include some pre-show activities as well. You can scoop up a ticket here.
  • Boris and Merzbow have come together for 2R0I2P0, a collaborative album scheduled for a December 11th release through Relapse Records. Check out this cover of “Boris” right now.
  • Empyrium have announced a new album, Über den Sternen, which is set for a February 26th release through Prophecy. Check out the title-track from that album right now.
  • Finally, a new video from Scardust for “Break The Ice”. Strangers is out now on M-Theory Audio.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Second Circle: Takafumi Matsubara and No One Knows What The Dead Think

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.

In today’s edition of Second Circle we take a look at the latest releases from grind legends, who happen to share a magnificent collaborative past (Gridlink, Hayaino Daisuki) and have now reached stunning creative apexes with their respective new albums. Whether it is pure serendipity or part of a divine plan that these albums are released on the same day only adds to their allure. So let’s dive head first into the unhinged brilliance of Takafumi Matsubara and No One Knows What The Dead Think. Continue reading

Nine Circles Ov… February 2016

Photo courtesy of our Dæmoness of Design, Jaci Raia. For more of her beautiful work follow her on Instagram.

It’s not just rumor that I listen to an asinine amount of music. Previewing almost every single promotional album that comes through the door fits in with my obsessive personality. February 2016 really tested me. No less than one hundred and forty-two albums came through our rotating doors. And one hundred and forty-two is the number of albums I clicked play on to test them and suggest for review. So I’m a bit tired in an auditory sense. But I digress. In today’s post we will run through a bunch of larger releases that I hope no one missed and then feature nine smaller releases that are top notch. February was a great month. And another sign that 2016 is headed in very much the right direction. Continue reading