Circling the Bowl (2/25/23)

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As highly esteemed music journalists at this prestigious Toilet ov Hell, we hear a lot of new music day to day. But what are we actually listening to? “Circling the Bowl” is a weekly series where we get to share the jams we’ve been truly been jamming, and we invite you all to share as well.


Megachiles caught RSV from my kid just in time for the most over hyped blizzard of Winter ‘22-23. “Uff da, y’all.” as they say.

Dig if u will some jams i’ve had on repeat:

Curta’n WallSiege Ubsessed!
Botanist – “Angel’s Trumpet” from VIII: Selenotrope
Afterbirth – Four Dimensional Flesh
Children of the Reptile – “Burner” from Heavy is the Head
Mare Cognitum Luminiferous Aether 


Joaquin Stick In my quest to listen to as many 2023-released albums as possible, I only have 11/46 so far that I’d recommend at all. Pretty much everything falls into the good-but-forgettable category, but at least I’m trying some new stuff and giving it time to breathe since I usually listen to about 4 seconds of every new track for TMP. It’s a nice change of pace. I’ll use this space to highlight some stuff I’ve put in the Very Good or better categories every week. This week’s selection has a bit of everything, including sludge, black, death, and post-metal varieties:

Ulthar Helionomicon/Anthronomicon
ChoraThere Lies a Friend I Once Knew
AhabThe Coral Tombs
VosbúðHeklugjá


Spear — I feel more and more lately that I need some kind of total cognitive reset or something. The writing juices have simply not been flowing, and I think I’ve been listening to less stuff on the whole the past couple months. That said, between some spicy new tunes and revisiting some old favorites, it’s been a good week of listening, and my own musical endeavors have been coming along nicely. Here are the tunes that have been tickling my pickle:

Lykathea Aflame – Elvenefris
AnataThe Conductor’s Departure
HellripperWarlocks Grim & Withered Hags
BattlemasterGhastly, Graven & Grimoireless
BorknagarTrue North
CryptopsyThe Book of Suffering (I/II)
MithridatumHarrowing
GorodThe Orb
Raito“Ikusa Bayashi, Iza Mairu!”


Rolderathis I don’t think I’ve ever experienced seasonal depression until this year, and let me tell you, it’s for the birds. I haven’t been listening to much from 2023, and my Bandcamp wishlist grows monstrous with neglected additions. I have, however, been mainlining stone-cold classics on the daily. (The best part of most of these picks is they’re relatively simple and I’ve been jamming on guitar quite a bit as a result!)

Amon AmarthWith Oden On Our Side (Fav track: “Asator”)
Control DeniedThe Fragile Art of Existence (Fav track: “Breaking the Broken”)
Hammers of MisfortuneThe Bastard (Fav track: “The Bastard Sapling”)
Ibibio Sound Machine*Protection From Evil (AK​/​DK Remix)
VitrailLe M​é​pris du Monde (Fav track: “La Tentation”)
AniconExegeses (Fav track: “In Shadow and Amber”)
Steely DanKaty Lied (Fav track: “Your Gold Teeth II”)

*H/T to Mikey (Dapatcho) on TovH Discord for introducing me to this absolute b a n g e r.

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