CANTO: Insomnium, Morbid Angel, Vastum, and More

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I think I only did one of these last week, yeah? Let’s fix that.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018

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Not even a full week into the new year and I’ll be damned if there’s not already some amazing music laid bare across our laps. And the rest of the next couple of months is looking tasty as well. You know, 2018 might not be so bad after all. Anyway, it’s cold — too cold. Many of you are blowing snow out of your mouths as this goes to press while many others are just trying to wrap up as tightly as possible. Winter is upon us, like it or not but new tunes, we got them, so onward march. I had planned a completely different lead off album but a few spins of the latest, Sangue Cassia, from Portugal’s Sinistro turned my sails in a different direction. This is some of the most majestic and powerful doom I’ve heard since Amenra’s Mass VI last year and putting this band in that same category means this is an absolute must for you. Next up is black metal’s nastiest concert troop Watain with their latest Trident Wolf Eclipse which finds the band back to their biting and vicious roots but is it enough? Find out shortly. Last up in the opening slots is Norway’s power trio Magick Touch with their amazingly fun heavy metal chops on Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire and honestly if you don’t at least break a smirk to this you’re already dead and cold. We’re still in the low quantity time of the year but fear not as the quality you’ve just read about continues on just inside so snuggle up with a fire or blanket and turn it up. Continue reading

Album Review: Watain – “Trident Wolf Eclipse”

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What to do if you’re a well-established black metal act (let’s pretend there is such a thing), having garnered a significant amount of praise for your early work, getting signed to a major metal label, and then releasing something that attempts to expand the sonic palate you’ve established but doesn’t get the same notice or acclaim as those earlier records?  If you’re Watain, you regroup, wait five years, then return to the sound you had eight years ago and launch the blistering black attack of Trident Wolf Eclipse.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 16 (11.6.2017)

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Greetings, all. This morning we are pleased to offer our first playlist of November. It’s hard to believe we are in the final two months of the year, but we are. So you can certainly expect to start seeing some evidence of 2017 album revisits as we gear up for the end of the year. Or maybe I’m just speaking for myself. No matter, it’s a Monday morning following a weekend in which I was annihilated by Bell Witch and Primitive Man, so I’m going to quickly remind you to check out/subscribe to our YouTube channel and then leave you to it… Continue reading

CANTO: Behemoth, Watain, Slipknot, and More

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11/1/2017. November. Lame.

I encourage watching that in public space around a lot of people.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb