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.
What do you think of when you see the term “blackened death” applied to a band or album? Is it predominantly death metal, but “blackened” up a bit? Is it black metal with traces of that good ol’ drop-D groove? Is it once again just a silly attempt to pigeon-hole and categorize something for easier consumption? Rhetorical questions one and all, but it helps to classify the theme for this edition of Second Circle as we check out the latest slab from Throne of Heresy and the debut from Tetragrammacide. Continue reading