The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Allegaeon was April 2019’s Album of the Month!

We’re back, and in (almost) trio format! Think of it as Rush when they were a blues band, or like a bunch of folks with no idea what they’re doing but enthusiastic about it anyway, the Album of the Month series keeps on a-rolling, with Allegaeon taking the honors thanks to their unbridled guitar-wheedling fury that is Apoptosis – our Album of the Month selection for April 2019!
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Album Review: Arch/Matheos – “Winter Ethereal”

arch matheos - winter ethereal

No one crafts a vocal melody like John Arch.  No one.  It’s not just his ability to hit these ridiculous high notes and carry them, something that doesn’t seem to have lost its power more than 30 years after I first heard his voice on Awaken the Guardian.  It’s the way he fashions his lyrical lines, almost (but not quite) cramming them into a cadence that never follows the riff, but always complements it, no matter how unexpected it turns.  That’s the cornerstone of what made his time in Fates Warning unique, and it’s what makes Winter Ethereal, the second full length from Arch/Matheos such a dynamic powder keg of an album. Continue reading

Album Review: Allegaeon – “Apoptosis”

Allegaeon - Apoptosis

Gone are the theatrics and bombast of previous entries; gone are the constant choir and strings sections. In their place is a pure album that is melodic, technical, and groovy. The finger-style interludes are more thematically embedded. A new bassist absolutely destroys. The first two minutes makes the opening pitch: welcome to Apoptosis, a perfect Allegaeon album.

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CANTO: Slayer, Fractal Universe, Children of Bodom, and More

Amon Amarth

I’ve been listening to a lot of Deafheaven today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Behemoth – “I Loved You At Your Darkest”

Behemoth - I Loved You At Your Darkest

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Behemoth must really love 2014’s The Satanist.  And with good reason – you couldn’t write a a better story if you made it up: coming off their best album to date, leader of prominent anti-Christian death metal band gets hit with leukemia, refuses to compromise his beliefs, bounces back and crafts a massive “comeback” album that tweaks the formula and invites just enough to turn another great album into their masterpiece.  Is it any wonder they’d want to mine that vein again?  Unfortunately, I Loved You At Your Darkest feels like imitation, hitting all the touch points the previous album did but without the sincerity to push the album past its limitations.   Continue reading