Nine Circles Ov… July 2016

july 2016

July was, again, loaded with one in the chamber. Actually, I hate guns. So scratch that metaphor. Here are some titles that were dropped in June: Grave Desecrator with Dust to Lust, what may be the best Fates Warning LP in their career, an EP from Monolithe, the beyond highly anticipated Inter Arma release, two releases on Gilead Media, both Mizmor and Anicon, Profound Lore ready to release the sophomore album from A.M.S.G. (which is flat-out brilliant), a new album from Ringworm, a greatest hits from Dragonforce, Dan Swano’s project Witherscape releasing a full-length, a new Fistula, an album from Make, two brilliant releases from I, Voidhanger including Summit and Goatcraft as well as a slew of stuff from Hell’s Headbangers, Signal Rex, Horror Pain Gore Death, Iron Bonehead and Nuclear War Now! Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 22, 2016

Revocation Band
Revocation

Holy shit, it’s another big week for metal albums. Where do you even begin with this stuff? Okay,well, you know where we’re going to begin with this stuff just by looking at the picture above — with Revocation, of course. The band one of the best logos in metal — which they inexplicably decided to omit from their new, sixth album, Great Is Our Sin. Oh well. What else?

How about a new album from Hammers of Misfortune, which might just have my favorite cover art of the year so far? And how about one from Denouncement Pyre? And one from Profanatica? Hell, even Periphery and Black Crown Initiate drop some new material today. In short, I’ve got a lot of listening to get to — so I’m going to cut this intro off right about meow. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
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Album Review: Nuke – “Nuke”

Nuke - Nuke

After a pair of sold out demos Nuke offer up their speed metal, punk hybrid debut Nuke. Featuring members of Shitfucker, Reaper, Borrowed Time, and Anguish the outcome isn’t merely the sum of its parts, rather an unexpected hybrid of all involved. Sure it’s thrashy at times, and scuzzy sounding throughout but this band comes straight from the motor city which once thrived off the automotive industry but is now fighting urban decay and severe populace drops, so what else gets the blood pumping better than something like this? Nuke thrives off their climate with a dark, industrious tone that is lukewarm initially but massive the deeper in you go. Continue reading