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’s almost July and we’ve eclipsed the mid point of 2021. It has been one hell of a year thus far in the world of metal and as usual, it has followed the hellish landscape we’ve all been trying to live in, but no news there as music generally follows whatever fresh hell we find ourselves in and rides the anger and angst surrounding it all. We’ve definitely weathered some pre-apocalypse type shit and somehow, the world still turns. So, enough small talk. This edition of Second Circle focuses on the likeminded obliteration of Withered and Diabolizer who both find a way to sever any thoughts of happy endings.
Saturday. Finally. What a shit week. No matter though as we’re back with our mixtape of stuff we’ve been jamming this week and guaranteed there’s something here that’ll fit whatever you have going on today. We’ve got some newish Sanguisugabogg, fresh Thy Catafalque and tons of Suidakra, a demo track from Crypticus, a slappin’ death metal beast from Diabolizer, Kataan, Withered, and many more. Basically the perfect playlist to massacre some lawns with or light up an early party with, or just…whatever the hell you have on tap. Good times. Let them roll via the play button below.
Life is sparking again, live shows are popping off left and right, and every week of new metal releases has many something’s for everyone. Things are looking up in those regards, so rejoice…or hail Satan. Or whatever you do these days. This week in new metal uncovers the newest ritual from Amenra, a return to holistically bleak beginnings from Withered, a slappin’ slab of death metal from The Absence, wicked ugly death metal from Cerebral Rot, and the next black/doom/punk chapter from Darkthrone. Oh, you noticed? Yes, there’s five up top and could’ve easily been more but in the context of getting you to the rest of what lies below, I chopped it at cinco. Plenty here for everyone, so go and fire up these band’s bank accounts, pronto. Support what you love with ferocity and sing its praises loud even if no one cares. You do, and that’s all that matters.
Hardcore legends Terror are releasing a live EP, The BBC Sessions, through Velocity Records and Equal Vision Records. This release features four tracks from their early catalog, recorded in the mid-2000s. Get your vinyl fix here, or stream the EP at this location.
And let’s close with the latest video from Cold Cave, because that sounds like a good way to get over the hump this week. Check out “Psalm 23” below, taken from Fate In Seven Lessons, which drops on June 11th through Heartworm Press. Order it here.
Welcome to another Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This week is particularly exciting, as it gives me the opportunity to hurl praises at new music from Amenra and Lantlôs (the first new Lantlôs song in seven years!). Plus, we’ve got the new Withered single, a new(ish) Grave Miasma track, and some classic Metallica to round it out. We’re keeping it real heavy this week, perfect for your weekend wake up call. Check it out below.