My work is cut out for me this week. Ladies and gentlemen, today the Brothers Martinek™ celebrate a birthday. Which makes this playlist for them. Which means you’re going to get more Mountain Goats and Broken Social Scene and indie sad alt goodness than either you or I expected or intended.
Don’t worry, though. The others are still around with more extreme offerings…although who’s to say which is more extreme in the context of a metal site’s playlist? Bloodbath or My Bloody Valentine? Rotborn or Ride? Anyway, expect that as well as tracks from A Pregnant Light, Blackbraid, Judicator, Holy Fawn, Cloudrat, Black Anvil, Whitespade, Psionic Madness, Spitpool, Lamentations, as well as a slew of other tracks to kick your weekend off right.
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.
Time files, but one thing remains constant: death metal will flow and I will apparently do a Second Circlearound the middle to end of January. This time of year I’m usually still recuperating from EOY List syndrome, but ever since digging the Necrophagous album I reviewed a few weeks back I’ve been bitten by the death metal bug. So this one is a bit off the cuff: two new death metal EPs that I haven’t listened to yet. You’re getting this review fresh off the old brainpan. Let’s turn the volume up and do this.