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.
We’re still early in the music season, and it’s been a hot minute since we talked about power metal here on the site, despite my promises to the contrary. Happily, not only has February started to bring a few promos to the inbox, but it also brought a theme, with two bands whose names end in “-ius” which is enough for me to get off my ass and do a Second Circle. So without further ado let’s dive into Ghost Ship Octavius and Mortanius. Continue reading