Nine Circles Ov… March 2016

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Glasgow Cathedral as photographed by our Dæmoness of Design, Jaci Raia. For more of her beautiful work follow her on Instagram.
March proved to be yet another strong month for 2016 ending the first quarter on a high note. There were some excellent releases. Some larger releases that dropped included a new effort from Cobaltan LP from brutal tech-death outfit Wormed, a sequel from K-X-P, multiple issues from Spazz courtesy of Tankcrimes, a single from Daemona, an LP from Xibalba, a discography for Phobia courtesy of Melotov Records and an LP from the completely redesigned Church of Misery. Below are nine albums, a bunch of EP’s this month, that deserve your attention which you might have missed. As a final note, if you’re into the stoner metal type stuff you might be interested in Blood Ceremony‘s Lord of Misrule.
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Initial Descent: March 11, 2016

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I’m starting this off with a picture of Germany’s Accuser, because there’s not a TON else coming out today — and I’m sure as hell not about to lead with a picture of Killswitch Engage. Who, yes, still exist and who, yes, are also dropping a new album today. Oh well. We’ve also got a new split from Panopticon and Waldgefluster, as well as a reissue from Auroch, so get ready to dig your teeth in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, March 11:
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Album Review: Veneficium – “Veneficium” (Tape)

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These days cassettes are all the rage. With the entire music industry switching to a digital system, where your purchases can be tracked, locked and controlled, cassettes have exploded as the new vinyl. They are more affordable, more nostalgic for today’s mid-20-somethings and they sound like absolute garbage. But there is something refreshing, reassuring and comforting about the clickity-clack of a cassette going into it’s deck, clicking closed and then hissing at you before it spews forth whatever is contained therein. So kudos to Iron Bonehead joining labels like Caligari Records in putting out limited edition tapes. Today we look at one that’s out March 11, 2016: the mysterious New Zealand bestial black metal collective of Veneficium and their self-titled debut. Continue reading

Nine Circles Ov… February 2016

Photo courtesy of our Dæmoness of Design, Jaci Raia. For more of her beautiful work follow her on Instagram.

It’s not just rumor that I listen to an asinine amount of music. Previewing almost every single promotional album that comes through the door fits in with my obsessive personality. February 2016 really tested me. No less than one hundred and forty-two albums came through our rotating doors. And one hundred and forty-two is the number of albums I clicked play on to test them and suggest for review. So I’m a bit tired in an auditory sense. But I digress. In today’s post we will run through a bunch of larger releases that I hope no one missed and then feature nine smaller releases that are top notch. February was a great month. And another sign that 2016 is headed in very much the right direction. Continue reading