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If you’re still here it’s time for new metal and, as usual, we have plenty to go around. Paradise Lost kicks us off this week with Medusa, their fifteenth full length…let that sink in for a moment…got it? Good, because you need this dose of heavy doom/death metal — this far along and the band just does not lose any steam whatsoever. Next up is Corspehammer with their EP Posesión and Chris said it best with this: “Bathory meets Venom and has a quick lunch gushing over how amazing Motörhead are.” Tasty indeed, so get on it. Moving along is the debut album, Seo Mere Saetan, from Dead Woman’s Ditch and it’s a terrifying yet hefty amalgamation of death, black, doom and sludge that glues your attention span for 40 plus minutes. Rounding out the opening slots is a black metal Split release from At Dusk and Sacerdos that perfectly balances striking ambiance with vicious fury, highly recommended. Four down and many more to go so stick around and explore with us. Continue reading →
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.
Ah, the EP. Loose in definition but clear in concept, it’s the not-quite-a-full-length musical execution that doesn’t always get the praise it deserves. Whether you want to explore a conceptual or musical theme that doesn’t fit within the framework of your band’s identity, or you have some leftovers that didn’t make the album but you hesitate to relegate to a B-side, the idea behind the EP is fascinating. So for this edition of Second Circle I wanted to focus on two new releases that fit the mold of maintaining a unifying theme over the course of their brief run time. So let’s knuckle down and talk about Sxuperion and Corpsehammer. Continue reading →
Colombia’s Lucifera got their start in 2008, split once then reformed and as of February 24 will be releasing their third full length, Preludio del Mal (Morbid Skull Records) which is twelve tracks of vicious blackened thrash metal. It shares the same kind of vitriol Sarcofago spit many years ago but also shares an early Venom vibe in the sense of speed and a lo-fi, almost organic sound. Further making this album a must have offering is the way the band intertwines melodic passages yet still manages such an explosive and sinister feel. Today we have an exclusive stream of the fourth track “Alianzas de Acero y Metal” (translated: steel and metal alliances) which is a perfect example of the kind of furious speed and memorable songwriting the band is capable of. And those vocals from Alejandra Blasfemia, sung in the bands native tongue, are primitive and deadly lending perfectly to the whiplash nature of the song as well as raising the ferocity level several more notches. Don’t wait any longer, jump in and have a listen. Continue reading →