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.
In today’s edition of Second Circle we take a look at the latest releases from grind legends, who happen to share a magnificent collaborative past (Gridlink, Hayaino Daisuki) and have now reached stunning creative apexes with their respective new albums. Whether it is pure serendipity or part of a divine plan that these albums are released on the same day only adds to their allure. So let’s dive head first into the unhinged brilliance of Takafumi Matsubara and No One Knows What The Dead Think. Continue reading →
I have so much delicious music to listen to this coming month. So exciting.
Starting off with some news about a real shit break for Wormrot. They were U.S. bound for a run of shows that included MDF. They made it… but none of their clothes or equipment did. It sounds like things might be turning around, but this is still a total pain in the ass. And it’s not the first stroke of misfortune they’ve dealt with. All the best for these dudes.
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last few days:
Leading off, an amusing tidbit from the world of Napalm Death: apparently, the band’s Spotify streams have gone up more than 200% since frontman Barney Greenway appeared on a radio show teaching ex-Labour Party leader Ed Miliband how to scream. (Miliband still can’t scream.)
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Leading off, Agoraphobic Nosebleed will be replacingWormrot at this year’s Maryland Deathfest. As one of the maybe five jackasses to have missed them last time out, I’m quite pumped about this. Noothgrush have been tapped to replace English Dogs, who also had to pull out of their appearance.
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:
First things first: as always, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music on Friday, including Woe, Obituary and more. Check out Josh’s recap here.
This isn’t nearly metal, but it’s still a damn shame: rock ‘n’ roll originator Chuck Berrypassed away over the weekend at age 90. Hell of a life, and an incredible loss. Rest in peace, Chuck.
Well, this sucks: Singaporean grinders Wormrot havecancelled their planned U.S. tour due to concerns over having proper papers in the current political climate. That includes their appearance at Maryland Deathfest. Fuck the Orange One forever.
Baroness frontman John Dyer Baizley, who curated this year’s Roadburn Festival, announced that he, bandmates Pete Adams and Marek Sarba, and Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly will join forces to perform a set of punk covers at the festival. I’m totally not upset that I’m not going to Roadburn this year. Not upset at all. Not one bit.
Ahead of their upcoming debut album, supergroup Dead Cross — featuring Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and others — dropped a new song called “Shillelagh.” I don’t know who or what a “Shillelagh” is, but you should listen to it. Because Mike Patton.
And finally, Steel Panther put out another new music video called “I Got What You Want,” which — let’s be real — there’s no way I wasn’t going to include in this round-up. Check it out below:
The band’s new album, Lower the Bar, drops this Friday. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!