Second Circle: Boris and The Halo Effect

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.

Good things come in threes…or is that celebrity deaths? Let’s go with the former, since despite being relatively skeptical of all things mystic and supernatural I don’t want to put out any bad karma and hear that tomorrow there’s a pile up and we lost whoever was on the most recent season of The Celebrity Dating Game. Instead for this edition of Second Circle let’s take a look at the latest from Boris, who this week release their third entry in their Heavy Rocks series, and The Halo Effect, who solve the equation of In Flames + Dark Tranquillity on their debut.

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CANTO: Fallujah, Malevolence, Choke, and More


Yeah, I’m not gonna lie, the heat is approaching a suffocating level at this point.

  • We’ll lead off this Thursday with some Fallujah, specifically referring to the latest, and final, single from Empyrean. Check out “Soulbreaker” here, and get ready for the release of that album on September 9th through Nuclear Blast.
  • We’ll jump over to At The Gates next, who unveiled a music video for “Garden Of Cyrus”. That’s a track taken from The Nightmare of Being, which dropped last year through Century Media. Oh, and if you’re across the pond, they’re doing a killer run of shows with In Flames closer to the end of the year.
  • Want some death grind in your Thursday playlist? Check out the latest from Choke. They have a new EP dropping through Translation Loss titled Desiphon, and a video for “Lust For Death” is streaming over at Metal Injection if you want to give them a click.
  • And we’ll jump back to Nuclear Blast to close things out. Below is the new video from Malevolence for “Higher Place”. Malicious Intent is out now, and can be purchased here. They also have a ton of tour dates coming up, but you’ll have to seek those details out on your own.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Black Anvil, Lorna Shore, Ingested, and More


Yep, it’s official. My head and heart are still very much in Wyoming.

  • Leading off with some live dates, we have Lorna Shore hitting the road for the “The Pain Remains Tour” with support from Aborted, Ingested, and more. Those dates are in October and November, with VIP packages going on sale tomorrow, and the usual general admission stuff on Friday.
  • Speaking of Ingested, they also have a new album dropping on November 4th through Metal Blade titled Ashes Lie Still. Check out the music video for “Shadows in Time” right here.
  • Belphegor videos are usually something to behold, and this new one for “The Devils” certainly falls into that category. That is, of course, the title-track from their latest album, which is out now through Nuclear Blast.
  • We’ve waited quite some time for new stuff from Black Anvil, and today we finally have it. So that’s how we’ll end our day. Check out the clip for “Castrum Doloris” below, the first sampling from Regenesis. That album is slated for a November 4th through Season of Mist. They’re also joining Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, and Dark Funeral on the road towards the end of the year, so those dates are worth checking out as well.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Blind Guardian, Krisiun, The Night Flight Orchestra, and More


This post is only dropping because I needed a break from work in the early afternoon.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Abhor, Soilwork, Sinner, and More


I wasn’t planning on this post today, but work decided to be less shitty than I anticipated so here we are!

  • Threshold are releasing their 12th full-length album, which will be titled Dividing Lines, on November 18th through Nuclear Blast. Get your first sampling from that album with the new video for “Silenced”.
  • Abhor is a band that calls back to my early blogging days, so I’m happy to hear about their upcoming new material. Sex Sex Sex (Ceremonia Daemonis Antichristi) will be out on September 23rd through Iron Bonehead. Give “Evil Mentor” a listen here.
  • German hard rock crew Sinner unleashed their new album, Brotherhood, today through Atomic Fire Records. To mark the occasion, give the lyric video for “The Last Generation” a watch.
  • Michigan metalcore band Of Virtue are releasing a new EP on August 12th coincidentally also called Sinner. That will be available through Arising Empire, and pre-orders are officially live.
  • I’ve been listening to Övergivenheten a ton these last few days, so let’s close with the latest from Soilwork. Below is the video for “Dream Of Nowhere”. As a reminder, that album is out on August 19th through Nuclear Blast.

Well folks, this is my last post until at least the 26th, as I will be in Wyoming do mountain man stuff followed by Fire In The Mountains stuff. Be well, and I’ll see ya on the other side.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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