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

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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

Ne Obliviscaris Live at the Palladium, 10.13.2018

 

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Band: Ne Obliviscaris

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Palladium, Worcester, MA

Date: October 13, 2018

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Second Circle: Beyond Creation & The Odious Construct

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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.

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

Throwback Thursday: Milestone Anniversaries for Death and Gorguts!

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So, can we talk about how tricky it can be finding post-worthy anniversaries for specific dates on Throwbacks like these? I tried looking back through and finding cool stuff that’s happened or dropped on June 21, and…couldn’t find much of anything I felt like writing about. Damn you, history.

BUT…break outside the strict adherence to post-date alignment, and suddenly, things got easier. After shifting the search parameters to include “+/- a day or two,” I came almost immediately upon two death metal classics: Death‘s Individual Thought Patterns, which turns 25 tomorrow; and GorgutsObscura, which crosses 20 on Saturday. THROWBACK TOPIC DECIDED.

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Album Review: Burial in the Sky – “Creatio Et Hominus”

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It feels like a decade ago, but back in November of 2016 I reviewed my first record for Nine Circles, the debut full length from Pennsylvania’s progressive/technical metal outfit Burial in the Sky.  In that time I’ve (hopefully) grown in my ability to convey a sense of what to expect with a given release, mirroring the sense of growth and experimentation the band seemingly underwent that resulted in sophomore effort Creatio Et Hominus. The album finds a new iteration of the band further stepping away from pure technical death metal to encompass more space and open passages, achieving in their best moments a sense of expansiveness and invention that continues to set them apart from their peers.   Continue reading