Album Review: Schammasch – “Hearts of No Light”

Schammasch - Hearts of No Light

The question is immediate, wet and dripping on the lips of everyone familiar with the avant-garde black metal leanings of Schammasch: How do you follow up Triangle?  How do you find something else to say after delivering a critically acclaimed triple album that seemingly touched on every aspect of a genre, heady and expansive and mystical in its aural presentation?  The way out is through, as the man once said.  By simultaneously expanding their sound and distilling its essence, Hearts of No Light does in one album what Triangle did in three: explore dark avenues of philosophical yearning by way of even darker, brooding atmosphere and winding black metal roads.

In short, it’s a killer, a worthy and mesmerizing new offering from one of the best bands putting their stamp on the genre. Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 3 – 9, 2019

Schammasch
Schammasch

Still in the afterglow of another Devil’s Night. I’m planning on keeping the pumpkins out and the spirit alive to push back against the thought of Christmas rearing its head before it’s even December. Feel free to do the same, you rebels. Anyway, the list is a little shorter this week but there’s no shortage of good metals to wrap your ears around and spend your cabbage on so let’s get to it.

Avantgarde black metallers Schammasch really can do no wrong and prove it with yet another epic length, mind bending journey into the deepest recesses of the psyche. This one will be an EOY list buster for so many. We featured a track premiere from Forest of Tygers recently and in case you missed it, this band’s approach to blackenedpunksludgenoise is some of the best you’ll hear this year so do jump on this new release. Very few bands fold melodic and progressive into their death metal as successfully as Iapetus do and on their sophomore effort they do it better and more cohesively than on their debut – this is another epic length album that is a MUST. Closing out the top slots, Immanifest wield a seriously sharp edge of symphonic black / death metal on their incendiary full length debut that’s full of twists and turns and nightmarish speed. Yea. 

Remember to keep those pumpkins burning and keep that horror spirit alive. But whatever you do, support as much of this list as you possibly can, right now. Continue reading

CANTO: Schammasch, Abbath, Steel Panther, and More

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Yesterday I was in Boston and Tuesday I was working on a city council campaign (not my own). Tomorrow I’ll be on Martha’s Vineyard. Doin’ stuff!

  • When your favorite black metal band drops a new track, you always start there. That band would be Schammasch and that song would be “Rays Like Razors”. And more importantly, they announced their next album will be out on November 8th through Prosthetic Records. It will be called Hearts of No Light and you can pre-order it now. Credit card, please.
  • Ok, I’m going to get heavy on a couple videos I stumbled on today. First, check the clip for “Fuck Everybody” from Steel Panther, because it is ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING.
  • And then we have a live video from Abbath for “Hecate”. This song is really good. I should probably go back and listen to Outstrider in full at some point. Too bad I’m still busy blasting myself away with that Abbath-less Immortal record from last year…
  • Oh and finally, a new battle-y music video from Amon Amarth for “Shied Wall”. In all truthfulness, I still haven’t listened to their latest album, Berserker. But like with anything AA, I generally know what I’m going to get and I’m generally going to enjoy it. This is no different.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Howling Sycamore – “Seven Pathways to Annihilation”

Howling Sycamore - Seven Pathways to Annihilation

Whenever someone mentions the term supergroup, I can’t help but think of massive ones, like Ayreon or Avantasia, and the way they are able to create stories while incorporating a revolving door of vocalists and musicians that play major parts as characters. However, supergroups don’t need a huge group of people to be considered as such, which brings us to the band Howling Sycamore, whose members have various degrees of expertise across the metal spectrum, making this one of the more ambitious groups I’ve encountered. But, that doesn’t mean that Seven Pathways to Annihilation works like a total charm. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Paladin’s Taylor Washington on “Ascension,” Driving the Bus, Power Metal and Much More!

Paladin

Atlanta Georgia’s Paladin released their debut full length, Ascension, last month on Prosthetic Records and it’s a raging beast of thrashy power metal with enough adrenaline to fuel the next forty MMA pay-per-views. The Nine Circles water cooler talk has been dominated by this album, how thoroughly we’ve all enjoyed it and, on multiple occasions, the discussion is in regards to just how memorable it is amongst the many great albums this year has bestowed upon us. As such, our newest member Matthew Buchan — many of you know him as Buke — chatted up guitarist and vocalist Taylor Washington about Ascension, power metal in general, touring, NASCAR, video games and so much more. Head below to hear how it all went down and don’t forget to click the included links for direct support of the band.
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