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 →
I would also be remiss not to mention the new Panopticon record, Roads to the North. Unfortunately, it looks like this thing doesn’t actually drop until this Friday–and judging by the lack of any of their back catalogue on Spotify, I don’t even know if I’ll have a playlist for you in this format when it does. But seeing as it’s gotten quite a bit of attention in the metal blogosphere, it’s definitely one I’ll be listening to, and maybe even posting a one-off review of that day. If you play your cards right. For now, here’s the artwork:
Panopticon – Roads to the North (Bindrune Recordings)
Take a listen for yourselves and then check back for our thoughts in Episode 16 later this week!