Still in the afterglow of another Devil’s Night. I’m planning on keeping the pumpkins out and the spirit alive to push back against the thought of Christmas rearing its head before it’s even December. Feel free to do the same, you rebels. Anyway, the list is a little shorter this week but there’s no shortage of good metals to wrap your ears around and spend your cabbage on so let’s get to it.
Avantgarde black metallers Schammasch really can do no wrong and prove it with yet another epic length, mind bending journey into the deepest recesses of the psyche. This one will be an EOY list buster for so many. We featured a track premiere from Forest of Tygers recently and in case you missed it, this band’s approach to blackenedpunksludgenoise is some of the best you’ll hear this year so do jump on this new release. Very few bands fold melodic and progressive into their death metal as successfully as Iapetus do and on their sophomore effort they do it better and more cohesively than on their debut – this is another epic length album that is a MUST. Closing out the top slots, Immanifest wield a seriously sharp edge of symphonic black / death metal on their incendiary full length debut that’s full of twists and turns and nightmarish speed. Yea.
Remember to keep those pumpkins burning and keep that horror spirit alive. But whatever you do, support as much of this list as you possibly can, right now.Continue reading →
As I was expecting, Darkthrone’s Old Star does not disappoint so make sure you check it out while perusing what this week has to offer. Speaking of, there’s plenty so let’s get after it.
Cave In literally had the wind knocked out of them with the loss of bassist Caleb Scofield in early 2018 and with even a cursory listen to Final Transmission, last works with Caleb, you can feel it in every note and especially the tear jerking opener which is 100% him – not gonna lie here, it’s a tough album to get through for any fan but ohh so worth it to experience and immerse yourself in this phenomenal album. Next up, with a little extra time on their hands post Caustic recordings, Primitive Man went back in the studio and punched out Steel Casket which draws on their recent forays into noise, ambient, and drone but make no mistake; this IS a Primitive Man release and it destroys. Moving along is the debut, Steeping Corporeal Mass from Fetid, a band that picked the right name based on their nasty, corpsecrushing sound – dirty old death metal done right. Last up top is debut, Flub, from the somewhat star-studded Flub who offer up a dizzying, technical, and avantgarde approach to death metal that has something new around every corner and layers that take double digit spins to peel back. Need different? Right here.
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 →
A couple of items to touch on from last week: If you missed “Black Brick” from Deafheaven, definitely rectify that and same for “12 Years In the Tomb” from Saint Vitus. They both rip and don’t @ me, all my shits to give are gone.
New business this week — and there’s plenty of it — starts with a rousingly heavy debut album, They Came With Sunlight, from Norway’s atmospheric sludge metal trio Sâver and for a young band, the sound here is massive and so meticulously created it took me completely by surprise. Next up is Rituals of Power from the destructive death metal denizens in Misery Index and even though it is, at times, disjointed and slightly off in sequence it still will cause bruised necks and damaged eardrums. Moving right along, Cloaked Climax Concealed may only be two tracks but the atmospheric death / doom 0N0 presents within is hallucinogenic, otherworldly, and all-encompassing at the same time. Last up top is the debut, Demiurgus, from the star-studded membership of Equipoise and based on the lineup, it’s no surprise to hear the vast, jaw dropping array of technical and progressive death metal they’ve conjured up – inject it straight in the veins.
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 →