Album Review: Mesarthim — “CLG J02182-05102”

Aah, space; the final frontier.  Cosmic black metal might not be new and uncharted territory, but arguably there’s no one who voyages deeper into the black depths of space as Mesarthim, the Australian powerhouse project that never seems to take a break for anything.  On their newest release CLG J02182-05102, which came out digitally in July but is seeing a physical release this week, they manage to literally and figuratively journey farther out into space than they have ever managed to before, and somehow still keep everything fresh.  The title might not roll off the tip of the tongue, but this is an album that will be caught in your brain for a long time to come.

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Initial Descent: November 7 – 13, 2021

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200 Stab Wounds – image courtesy of Nick McGroder

It got colder. And rainy. And the time changed. Make it stop. But, enough of my discomforts. New metal is why you came and we definitely can oblige with another long list this week: 200 Stab Wounds are coming in hot with their long awaited full length that’s an open love letter to the kind of gory death metal that struck fear in parents back in the day, next up is Dold Vorde Ens Navn with a black metal effort that’s an excellent combination of its members (do your research), then we’ve got an off kilter death metal outing from Vertebra Atlantis, a physical edition of cosmic black metal from Mesarthim, and a whole grab bag more that follows. As usual, something for every taste here so jump in and get some. 

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Nine Circles ov…Black Metal in 2019

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Peek behind the curtains, look in the crevices of dark corners unexamined by light and that’s where I’ve been finding some of the best music of 2019.  Last week we took a stroll through some of the best power metal to strike sword and shield this year, and the chance to do the same with black metal was too good to pass up.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… we’re going back into the dark to look at the some of the best the genre has proffered for our alien oblations, keeping away from the big hitters (but DAMN I dig that Abbath) as well as any we might have already mentioned on the site or the podcast. Don your cloak, grab your candelabra, and let’s journey into the dark night of black metal, 2019. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Highlights from the first half of 2018!

Time for another audio thing! In this edition, the group gets together to discuss some of their favorite albums from the first half of the year. (Yes, we’re aware it’s halfway through July. Promptness, thy name is NOT Nine Circles.)

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Nine Circles ov…High Dynamic Metal

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Straight talk:  it doesn’t matter how you consume music.  Listen any way you want: use the earbuds that came with your phone, $1,000 studio monitors, a sound bar…whatever.  If you’re enjoying it, you’re doing it right.  I’m not here to tell you you’re doing it wrong.  That being said, there is a certain pleasure to be derived from tweaking and upgrading, searching for the right combination that takes the music you love to the next level, shorting your synapses and inducing a synethetic delight.  So after numerous discussions with our resident Finn and audiohead Zyklonius I slowly began to improve my at-home listening experience.  I invested in a modest pair of planar magnetic headphones and a headphone amp (the ones above, actually: the HIFIMAN HE-400i and the Schiit Magni 3) and took my first steps into the murky world of the metal audiophile.     Continue reading