Second Circle: Takafumi Matsubara and No One Knows What The Dead Think

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.

In today’s edition of Second Circle we take a look at the latest releases from grind legends, who happen to share a magnificent collaborative past (Gridlink, Hayaino Daisuki) and have now reached stunning creative apexes with their respective new albums. Whether it is pure serendipity or part of a divine plan that these albums are released on the same day only adds to their allure. So let’s dive head first into the unhinged brilliance of Takafumi Matsubara and No One Knows What The Dead Think. Continue reading

Concert Review: Maryland Deathfest XV, Part Two

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To me, Friday felt like the first real day of this year’s Maryland Deathfest. (No disrespect to Thursday’s performers at all; I just only saw three of them, so for my personal experience, it felt more like a prologue of sorts.) For the first time — absent the opportunity for parking lot hangs, crushed beer-can BBQing and other outdoor shenanigans — it’d be all metal straight through, from the late afternoon to the earliest part of the morning. Let’s get to it! Continue reading

Album Review: Organ Dealer – “Visceral Infection”

Organ Dealer - Visceral Infection

You know the feeling you get when you first hear Repulsion? Or Pig Destroyer? That kind of needle-to-the-ear drums shock that hits you as you’re listening? Well, Organ Dealer channels it perfectly on their full length debut, Visceral Infection. The New Jersey five-piece keeps things turned up to 11, and injects just enough of a death metal sensibility to clearly articulate their thick and dirty sound. Continue reading