Magic Circle – Journey Blind (2015)

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Author: Dave

Band: Magic Circle

Album: Journey Blind

Label: 20 Buck Spin

 

Magic Circle are a relatively new doom metal band from Massachusetts and Journey Blind is their second full-length album. I not familiar with heard their debut, so I can’t provide any context or comparison there, but fortunately in this case, I hardly think it’s necessary. I say this because this release is easily one of the best doom metal albums I’ve heard this year and if there is any “sophomore slump” going on here, I would be quite surprised. Hearing this album is enough to make me want to pick up their debut already. Continue reading

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Vastum – Hole Below (2015)

Author: Arvind

Band: Vastum

Album: Hole Below

Label: 20 Buck Spin

“Sodomitic Malevolence”, the opening track of Vastum’s latest album Hole Below opens with spacious whispers and far-off intonations. This initiates a downward spiral into the grimy bowels of death metal, with Vastum leading the way into a squelching mass of oozing darkness. “Sodomitic Malevolence” sets the tone for the rest of Hole Below as an exploration of the uncomfortable, the nauseating, and the disgusting. Continue reading

Ævangelist – Enthrall to the Void of Bliss (2015)

Author: Arvind

Band: Ævangelist

Album: Enthrall to the Void of Bliss

Label: 20 Buck Spin

The first semblance of organized structure on Aevangelist’s latest offering, “Enthrall to the Void of Bliss”, comes nearly 8 minutes into the opening track. Up until then, “Arcanae Manifestia” plods along, a sprawling mass of creaking industrial sounds, buried cymbals, and swirling chaos. It’s impressive just how many disparate sounds Aevangelist are able to cram into their sonic space. For every solid death metal chug, there are industrial scrapes, vocal wrenches, angular riffs, and even a church bell or two. As you might imagine, there’s a lot going on here. Consequently, “Enthrall to the Void of Bliss” comes across as a messy, chaotic affair, but it’s clear that chaos is exactly what they were going for. Continue reading

Khemmis – Absolution (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Khemmis

Album: Absolution

Label: 20 Buck Spin

Some time around 1995, I was still in the early stages of discovering metal and spent a great deal of time listening to the local rock radio station hoping to hear a Metallica or Megadeth song. On one such occasion, I heard an advertisement for a concert: Mercyful Fate and Solitude Aeturnus. I had never heard of either band, but they sounded interesting, so the next day I had my parents drive me to the local Blockbuster Music store and had myself a listen. Beyond the Crimson Horizon immediately became my new favorite album. The fantastic atmosphere of the music and the magic of Rob Lowe’s voice fit perfectly with the D&D rulebooks and Lovecraft stories in which I was ensconced at the time.

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