Album Review: Astronoid – “Astronoid”

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On the Scriptnotes podcast, professional screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin dispense advice to young and aspiring writers, and a recurring thread is the idea that building a career of screenwriting isn’t about writing one perfect script, but about being able to repeat that process on an ongoing basis. While not diminishing the merits of a single particularly good work of art, longevity requires more than that. That is the question that is asked of Astronoid’s self-titled sophomore album.   Continue reading

Album Review: Barshasketh – “Barshasketh”

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Here’s the thing about black metal, particularly black metal in the vein of the second wave: there’s so much of it.  So if you’re going to play it, or pay homage to it, you’re going to have to do something to stand out because when you get down to it most people are going to be perfectly content to go back to the 5-10 albums that made them love the genre in the first place.  And for about a song and a half the new self titled album from Barshasketh appeared to tread similar ground.  But like the best the genre has to offer, there are strange and sharp hooks on Barshasketh that come out and refuse to let go, resulting in a real grabber of an album as well as a fitting use of the eponymous title. Continue reading

Profile: Deathgrinding Spaniards Ernia

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Ernia

Why yes, deathgrind is a good thing and in Ernia‘s case, they just released their full length debut, Ernia, which is full of said deathgrind. It’s thirteen tracks of ear smashing rowdiness that shows a deep influence pool while keeping things fresh and bröötal. And by the looks of the band pic, they obviously have fun with it — nothing wrong in that, we could all take a lesson there. Anyway, we recently had the chance to ask Ernia our set of Profile questions so head immediately below to see what they had to say. Don’t forget to hit the links within and support them. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Crypteria’s Austin Burleigh and Kevin McCombs on Their New Album and Much More

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Floridian death metal. Those were the three words I was presented with when a friend sent me the Bandcamp link to Crypteria’s recently released full length debut, Crypteria. Based on my roots in this particular branch of death metal I was hooked after just one spin and the infection has grown ever since. So obviously, I had to know more and reached out for some insight and to find out what led them to exploding off the starting line with such a, pardon me here but, banger. Guitarist Austin Burleigh and bassist Kevin McCombs answered the call – the results of which can be heard below. Before you leave, don’t forget to hit the links contained within to grab a copy for yourself but don’t blame me if it rules your listening habits for awhile. Continue reading

Second Circle: Glacial Tomb and Pandiscordian Necrogenesis

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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.

Our Second Circle albums all tend to share a common theme, be it genre, mood, or maybe they are being released by the same label, or even just released on the same day.  In today’s case, we hit two of these requirements simultaneously!  I am taking advantage of this format, to the shock and surprise of absolutely no one who knows me, to sing heaps of praise for two new releases dropping this Friday from my favorite record label, the one and only Gilead Media: Glacial Tomb‘s debut self-titled full-length and the second full-length album, Outer Supernal, from Pandiscordian Necrogenesis. Continue reading