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
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
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
Good bourbon and good metal go hand in hand. Either can strike a chord immediately or simmer over time as layers and nuances are slowly peeled back. However, it’s pure magic when you can experience both at the same time but I digress, there’s a ton of metal to cover today so, shall we? Leading us off this week is the triumphant return of black metal giants Enslaved with their fourteenth full length E and whether immediate or over time, this album is astounding. Next up, Spectral Voice‘s debut Eroded Corridors of Unbeing is a hefty beast of a death metal album that fully warrants the attention it has received. Moving along, grind / death / doomsters The King Is Blind return with their second full length We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer and heavy handedly topple their debut and closing out the opening slots, Gloam offer up an exceptional EP, Death is the Beginning, that pushes their brand of black metal even further with a hint of thrash and doom. With all that said, it would be a great week with just those four but we are a long way from being done — so get after it… Continue reading