Enslaved Live at the Royale, 2.17.2018

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Band: Enslaved

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Royale, Boston

Date: February 17, 2018

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Corrosion of Conformity Live at the Aura, 2.2.2018

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Band: Corrosion of Conformity

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Aura, Portland, Maine

Date: February 2, 2018

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Initial Descent: January 7 – 13, 2018

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Corrosion of Conformity – pic courtesy of Dean Karr

I was quietly hoping we’d get, at least, through the first quarter without losing another good one but with the passing of ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke the heavens will be louder than they’ve ever been before and the classic lineup will rule over us all. We do have quite a good amount of metal to get to this week and quite alot of it is outstanding — Corrosion of Conformity gloriously return to their Deliverance/Wiseblood selves on No Cross No Crown, Hamferð weave tales of their homeland through stunning death / doom on Támsins Iikam, Djinn and Miskatonic‘s doom rockin’ Even Gods Must Die shows us that India is churning out some amazing metal and Ohio’s Pillärs absolutely KILL IT on their crusty, noisy and vicious album Abandoned. With those we’ve already got a seriously packed week but we have more, much more. So pull up a barstool, or whatever sitting device you prefer, and hang around with us for awhile. Continue reading

Album Review: Corrosion of Conformity – “No Cross No Crown”

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I’m conflicted with No Cross No Crown.

Not because it’s a bad or mediocre album – my conflict comes in reviewing this latest offering from Corrosion of Conformity with fresh ears and holding back the urge to compare. Both Deliverance and Wiseblood are absolute pillars in my listening habits and collection, and I’m coming to the conclusion it’s impossible to be objective when this reunion album with Pepper Keenan has been one of my most anticipated releases for so long. So, gather around while I make a complete ass out of myself. Continue reading

Second Circle: Arrayan Path and Almanac

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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.

Here at Nine Circles we’re in a bit of caloric overload, our bodies lethargic and hungover from an overabundance of thanks via massive amounts of alcohol and tryptophan.  So you’ll excuse the brevity of the writing for this particular edition of Second Circle.  However, not only do we have a theme all set to go with two recent power metal releases that are the opposite of “suck,” but since both Arrayan Path and Almanac have the good alphabetical fortune to begin with the letter “A” it seemed like pushing fate not to get a post up.  So take a break from your Black Friday insanity (we’re all waiting for Cyber Monday, right?) and check out some majestic metal below.   Continue reading