I think there is a formula for what can grab my interest in music. Sure, I’ll take my traditional death and black metals, but I agree with some other distinguished members on staff when I say that genres are almost always more interesting when they are blended. Unlike some other members, however, I will always gravitate towards almost anything that is blended with hardcore. Sorry, I’m a kid from the Midwest who peaked in the early 2000’s. It’s just a part of my DNA now. When Surut came along with their self-titled debut, I knew I was on the hook.Continue reading
Death metal is having a banner year with established bands releasing comebacks, new bands making their mark, and fans of the genre are reaping the benefits of all of it. And with banner years come market saturation so for an up and coming outfit to really leave a mark, it’s not enough to just have a good death metal album. Enter London’s Cult Burial with their self-titled debut and what you’ll find is a band unafraid to employ weapons of sludge, doom and post-metal but also put a spotlight on stellar guitar work. The scattering of quick solos, the odd riff breaks, and well timed arpeggios all signal that Cult Burial is not your average death metal band and make it a point to stand out with stellar musicianship and songwriting abilities. The flow of the album is such that it draws attention by never staying with a train of thought across any two tracks but in totality is a very cohesive piece of work and a shocker, then, that this is just their full length debut. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist and drummer Simon Langford so head below to see how it went down and be sure to visit the links contained within to show them some support.Continue reading
“History is a band that doesn’t exist,” reads the bio. While that may seem like a pretty cryptic way to sell the post-punk duo, the truth is pretty damn close to that. History’s history, if you’ll pardon the expression, is full of a multitude of reasons why they shouldn’t exist, not the least of which is the almost ten-year gap between when their self-titled debut was recorded and when it finally got to see the light of day. Regardless of how or why, the important thing is it’s here and it feels like it came not a moment too soon.Continue reading
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
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