Album Review: Bloodbath — “Survival of the Sickest”

Bloodbath - Survival of the Sickest

If you needed any more evidence that Bloodbath were serious about getting back into the vintage, old school death metal sound that catapulted them into the metal conversation as more than just a “supergroup” take a look at that album title. It’s not enough that Survival of the Sickest, the band’s latest offering uses a sickly blue tint to stand out against the putrid, vomitous yellow theme of the album art, but – just like Molder earlier this year – we have that wonderful Arial font, complete with quotation marks. It’s indicative of the return to a deeper, squishier version of death metal, one that eschews its supergroup status to just get back to making some serious fun death metal.

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Album Review: Massacre — “Resurgence”

Massacre - Resurgence

When approaching Resurgence, the new album from death metal vets Massacre, there’s many different ways to take it in: forget history and receive it as part of today’s old school death metal resurgence. Or, you can take it as an extension of the band’s legacy: does it live up or exceed expectations? The former is easier, but not as dramatic. The latter is a challenge. How do you compare it to From Beyond, as an absolute masterpiece that helped shape the genre into what it is today. It forces comparisons to an album that has no comparison.

Either way you slice the skull, Resurgence is a beast from a band that knows all too well how to make great death metal albums.

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Band Report: Pathogen (Rotting Death Metal from Southeast Asia)

Pathogen
Pathogen

Pathogen is a death metal band hailing from South East Asia, the Philippines. Pathogen is amongst a few metal bands in the area to attain international media coverage, making the band somewhat special.  The band plays old-school death metal with tons of catchy riffs and blast sections.  Some of their prior material, including Blasphemous Communion, are hard to come by, so I’ve chosen to share some of my thoughts on the band’s material that fans can still find at Bandcamp.  Nine Circles fans who want to discover one of Southeast Asia’s best-kept secrets will want to read further.

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Second Circle: Engulfed and Condemned

Second Circle

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.

Not only has the start of So Many Good Releases™ commenced in the metal world, but I’m losing an hour come tomorrow morning (no matter what our overly enthusiastic editor says about “gaining our days back”) so getting a chance to listen/absorb/transform back into words every single worthwhile release has become a bit of challenge. We here at Nine Circles are making plans to address that in the near future, but in the meantime I’ve got you covered with another Second Circle, this time featuring two death metal releases worth checking out by Engulfed and Condemned. So brush up on your vokills and let’s dig in.   Continue reading