Album Review: Sutrah — “Aletheia”

Sutrah - Aletheia

All too often, technical death metal may feel soulless, as if its impressive technicality lacks a pulse. Similarly, progressive strains of death metal may end up meandering without proper direction, impetus or impact. Both styles strive to push the envelope, but frequently fall short. With a new 4-track EP Aletheia, Sutrah shows how all this is done with resounding success and spectacular results. Continue reading

Album Review: Odious Mortem — “Synesthesia”

Odious Mortem - Synesthesia

As far as tech death goes I’m not big on the insane extremes bands like Archspire take or whatever the hell Allegaeon did on their latest album that caused me to give up halfway through. Although experimentation is fantastic, amalgamating sounds and hoping it sounds like tech death is just not something I’m going to put myself through. On the other side of the spectrum, a band who has been MIA for a while should be able update their sound and test what else is out there when it comes to insanity levels and a fretless bass. Thus, when a band like Odious Mortem returns with Synesthesia, I have an expectation of grounded innovation, as if they really took the time to fully plant themselves into what they missed. They did that, but, to an extent. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Allegaeon was April 2019’s Album of the Month!

We’re back, and in (almost) trio format! Think of it as Rush when they were a blues band, or like a bunch of folks with no idea what they’re doing but enthusiastic about it anyway, the Album of the Month series keeps on a-rolling, with Allegaeon taking the honors thanks to their unbridled guitar-wheedling fury that is Apoptosis – our Album of the Month selection for April 2019!
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Album Review: Inferi – “The End of an Era (Rebirth)”

Inferi - The End of an Era (Rebirth)

When a band mentions re-recording an album, there seems to be a general consensus that it might not be a good idea. After all, fans enjoy the material initially, even when said band can looks at all the things they could have done better if time, money, or technical capacity had been on their side. However, Inferi made the right choice in not only re-recording their album — titling it as The End of An Era (Rebirth) — but also in updating their sound to something cleaner and more cohesive. As Rebirth will attest, this sonic update is a feast for ears. The cleaner production and the additional elements makes Rebirth a fully actualized and fleshed out affair. Continue reading

Album Review: Allegaeon – “Apoptosis”

Allegaeon - Apoptosis

Gone are the theatrics and bombast of previous entries; gone are the constant choir and strings sections. In their place is a pure album that is melodic, technical, and groovy. The finger-style interludes are more thematically embedded. A new bassist absolutely destroys. The first two minutes makes the opening pitch: welcome to Apoptosis, a perfect Allegaeon album.

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