Receiving the Evcharist: Hidden Mothers and Cranberry Tangerine DIPA

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Hidden Mothers’ S/T and Brävery Brewing Company’s Cranberry Tangerine DIPA.   Continue reading

Second Circle: Magni and Forêt Endormie

Second 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.

Ian and I had a ton of fun working together to write up the latest Misery Signals album, which you can and should read about here.  So much fun, in fact, that since we both have albums that fall loosely (and I do mean loosely here) under categories like “blackened” and “folk” we decided to combine our powers again for a Second Circle.  Today, we look at Magni‘s self-titled new release and Forêt Endormie‘s Une voile déchirée.   Continue reading

Album Review: Oceans of Slumber — “Oceans of Slumber”

Please welcome guest reviewer Didrik Mešiček, who was brought to us by our very own Hera, as he pens his thoughts on this release.

From the American south comes a romantic darkness in the form of Oceans Of Slumber, a thoroughly unique band blending death/doom with progressive metal. The sextet will be releasing their fourth full-length album Oceans of Slumber this week and I’ve been enamored by it ever since receiving it.

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Profile: Denver, Colorado’s Hydraform

Hydraform

No doubt some truly amazing metal has come out of Denver, Colorado over the years and although Hydraform is not a new name from this scene, they are still a young band with one full length and one recently released, self-titled, EP under their belts. Their sound falls comfortably between accessible modern metal and cranial prog which allows them to set deep hooks early then dazzle with intricate technicality and groove. We recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions and as you read through their responses you’ll get a feel for where they are coming from and how their influences shape their sound. Be sure to hit the links contained within to show them some support.
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Rainbows in the Dark: Aleah — “Aleah”

It’s been over four years since Aleah Stanbridge lost her battle with cancer.  She made an incredible mark on the music industry in her time, from being a featured vocalist on albums by Amorphis, Antimatter, and, of course, Swallow the Sun, to being a solo artist and a member of That Which Remains and Trees of Eternity along with Swallow the Sun’s Juha Raivio.  She was an artist, photographer, poet, musician, and an all-around great person, and as a tribute to her, Raivio spearheaded posthumously releasing an album of her solo material, simply called Aleah. Continue reading