The world is full of oxymorons and dichotomies: jumbo shrimp, deliberate mistake, deafening silence, and, of course, Somali Yacht Club. The name may be a humorous juxtaposition, but real ones know the music is dead serious. It’s been four years since the Ukrainian trio have graced us with their proprietary strain of space-rock, psychedelia, post-metal and stoner doom, but on The Space the band showcases just exactly what makes them ahead of the curve when it comes to forward thinking, transcendently epic music that sends you straight from the bottom of the ocean into the outer reaches of the solar system.Continue reading
Third week in a row where February continues to just pummel us with great music releases. The latest from Australia’s Neptune Power Federation brings the heavy rock and roll swagger my body craves, and then Immolation just wrecks with their signature menacing take on death metal. Good way to kick off the 219th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, I’d say…
Elsewhere in the ether Vincent slays with some Madame Germen, Battle of Mice and Amenra. Josh shares my joy at the news of new Somali Yacht Club forthcoming, and bridges the old (Dangerous Toys) with the new (Undeath). Ian only has one thing on his mind, and that is the new single from Amon Amarth. Anton is all about Transcending Obscurity this week, bringing both Dischordia and Sisyphean into the playlist. Angela always plays the game hard, and this week is no exception with Health X, Nothing, and Cult of Luna while Buke is always reliable for a wide range of music: this week he throws in Hath, Nuclear Assault, Nails, and ends us with some classic epic prog courtesy of Yes, of all bands.
Get listening. See you next week.
Today was far more tolerable. Absolutely incredible.
- Cavernlight are returning with their second album, As I Cast Ruin Upon The Lens That Reveals My Every Flaw, on May 13th. It will be out digitally and on vinyl through Translation Loss Records. They’re streaming the title-track over at Decibel, if you’re curious about what’s coming. Spoiler alert: we all are.
- There’s also a new album coming from Somali Yacht Club on April 22nd, titled The Space. Their third full-length will mark their debut through Season of Mist. The first single, Silver, is available for your listening pleasure here.
- And then we’ll send ourselves into the latter stages of the week with the always entertaining Undeath. Check out the video for “Head Splattered in Seven Ways”. That’s taken from It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave, their sophomore album which is set for an April 22nd release through Prosthetic Records.
- Tombs and Cloak have announced some co-headlining dates on the East Coast, running from April 5th through the 10th, with Restless Spirit in support. These are three awesome names, and everyone should try and get to one of these shows.
- We’ll close out with the new video from LANDMVRKS for “Suffocate”. That’s taken from Lost In The Waves (The Complete Edition), which is out on March 18th through Arising Empire.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
If there are lines of demarcation between what we conceive of when it comes to post-metal and psychedelic rock, then I completely side with Somali Yacht Club, who prefers to blur the lines until it doesn’t matter. On The Sea, the Ukraine trio continue their path of washing away genre and creating gauzy, limber music that stretches and weaves in whatever direction it fancies. Continue reading
Busy week around these parts but at least it was good and a little warmer. Almost got spring fever but who am I kidding? Cold is coming back, blah. Must enjoy it while it’s here and speaking of enjoyment, we’ve got plenty of it in this edition of Initial Descent. Starting things off is Down Below from Tribulation which has absolutely consumed me and just when I thought their brand of black tinged goth inspired metal / rock couldn’t get any better it did and impressively so. Next up is Australia’s ultra experimental death metal band Portal with their latest mind bender Ion, Abyssal Vacuum gives us three songs of extremely complex yet fully hypnotic black metal on MMXVII and Somali Yacht Club (love that name!) create an album’s worth of pure escape and bliss on The Sea, seriously, this band knows how to milk atmosphere and stretch out melodies. GREAT start but as usual we have so much more to explore so get comfy, grab a drink and hang with us for a while. Continue reading