The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Beyond Creation was October 2018’s Album of the Month!

Nine Circles Audio Thing

We are cutting it *waaaaaay* close on this one.  But we did it, folks…by golly we somehow picked ourselves up by our bootstraps and delivered another edition of our Album of the Month series. This time the gang got together to discuss the technical chops and marvels of Beyond Creation and their latest offering to the technical death metal world, Algorythm — our album of the month pick for October! Continue reading

Album Review: Sylvaine – “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone”

Sylvaine - Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone

Every so often you come across an album draped in vivid details and haunting melodies that it makes you forget what you were doing.  Those are the kinds of albums that make you miss your exit when driving or forget where you were going all together.  The introspective listens on a cold winters day while drinking coffee (or whiskey) type albums.  Sylvaine’s third full length album, Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone, is one of those albums. Continue reading

Album Review: Hate Eternal – “Upon Desolate Sands”

Hate Eternal - Upon Desolate Sands

Splayed across six full lengths, Hate Eternal have more than proven their spot high atop the mountain of thinking man’s death metal (hell, who am I kidding – their debut Conquering the Throne did that on its own). It’s not overly anything; technical but with a point, brutal but not without a reason to be, and energetic at ALL times. On their seventh effort, Upon Desolate Sands, the only thing that’s different is a peak into slower melodies which – no surprise here – Rutan and Co. rule with an iron fist. Don’t mistake that for ‘lax’ or ‘pulling back’ because that simply isn’t in this band’s wheelhouse. It is just their way of progressing within their own sound and it damn well works like a champ. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 21 – 27, 2018

Hate Eternal
Hate Eternal

My weekend festivities consisted of healthy doses of horror and metal, as it should. How many of you caught the new Halloween? I thought they did a great job with it and the fact that they packed it with stuff for fans of the original was a definite plus. And I’ll leave it at that in case you haven’t seen it yet. As for the metal, read on to see what’s in store this week…

Hate Eternal are back with their seventh full length of wildly technical but oh so good death metal on Upon Desolate Sands – I’m not calling it a triumph over Infernus yet but Rutan and co. kill it as usual. No matter what camp of Bloodbath you frequent the most, their fifth full length The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn offers enough horror fueled Swedeath for any and all parties, I dig it. Norway’s Sjukdom keep it frosty with 90s style black metal but offer just enough melodicism to trip my trigger on Stridshymmer Og Dodssalmer and Oregon’s Megaton Leviathan turn the psychedelic drone of Mage into an entrancing ritual which makes it a worthy successor to their stunning Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell.

AND there is much, much more to sink your teeth into so get in there… Continue reading

Second Circle: Beyond Creation & The Odious Construct

second circle beyond creation and odious 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.

It seems I can’t get away from it.  I didn’t mean to do another round of technical death metal, but the last few weeks have just brought out some killer stuff and it’s been scratching that melodic itch I’ve had lately.  Sometimes it works that way: you spend a few months completely immersed in black metal, then it’s scuzzed out stoner rock or some other genre niche for a couple of weeks until your lizard brain responds to something else.  Maybe it’s nü-country, who knows? All I know is I’ve been learning to trust what my ears tell me and when it finds something good, to cling to it until the next thing comes along.  But for right now it’s still the progressive hodge-podge that is technical death metal so for this edition of Second Circle let’s dive back into the syncopation with the latest offerings from Beyond Creation and The Odious Construct.   Continue reading