Circle Pit: Albums We Missed, Q3 2017

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Here we are at the end of the third quarter, well really two weeks into the last quarter of the year. But, who’s counting? We missed some things that we wanted to cover around their respective release dates — it happens. As we do from time to time, a few of us got together to share some albums that we feel strongly about and that should garner more of your time as a listener. Whether you decide to set aside some precious time for these is up to you but we love them and hope you feel the same. So without further ado, here’s our picks out of what we didn’t cover but should have… Continue reading

Nine Circles ov… Album Art (Best of 2015)

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Kontinuum – Kyrr

Another year has flown by. We are all, all of us, closer to death. By roughly one year, depending on how rough a year it was for you. One thing that helped take the stress out of the year, aside from music, was the cover artwork on some of our favorite albums. Beautiful, twisted and sometimes insane, cover art gave us an initial glimpse into the music within as well as something to stare at while attempting to hold back the tears. With that in mind, Corey and I (Manny-O-War) sat down to parse out what some of the most inspirational and beautiful artwork of this year was. We considered not only the beauty, horror or intrigue but also how well the artwork encapsulated the music within. There were other albums that, while they had beautiful artwork, the artwork really didn’t have anything to do with the music. That’s a shame. So here are nine of our favorites. Continue reading

Album Review: Vacivus – “Rites of Ascension”

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Just when 2015 appeared ready to cease dropping blackened death albums full of occult and death oriented themes, Vicivus comes along to caress 2015 right in Satan’s balls. Rite of Ascension achieves the descriptor of a “sprawling work of blackened death metal” despite being barely over twenty-three minutes. The EP ebbs and flows with chaotic function and, in the end, leaves the listener comatose and begging for more. Continue reading