The mysterious Portuguese blackened death metal sect THE OMINOUS CIRCLE will embark on their maiden raid of America, with a run of Eastern US tour dates beginning tomorrow, July 24th. The tour sees them joined by 20 Buck Spin labelmates Scorched and includes their performance at Migration Fest this weekend.
THE OMINOUS CIRCLE is a burning black sphere of sinuous torment taking shape over their native land. Appalling Ascension, their initiation into this upper physical world, was released in early 2017 through 20 Buck Spin. While the reverent tropes of nowadays death metal will be recognizable to the band’s adherents, the cauldron is mixed in myriad conjurations that stray from the retreating safety inferior forces are prone to linger in, with moments of oppressive death doom, grinding blasts of mania, rancid melodies and mid-tempo dynamic necromancy throughout. The late obsession of some to ignore songwriting in favor of cavernous ambient suffocating “evil” doesn’t play on Appalling Ascension – here instead, and most welcome, are crushing and barbarous dark death metal songs for initiates to devote themselves to, and to enter the pantheon of most memorable debut recordings.
Poison Fumes Over North America MMXVIII will see the shrouded members of THE OMINOUS CIRCLE storming the East Coast from July 24th through July 31st. With support from Scorched, the tour will hit Brooklyn, Providence, Worcester, and Montclair on their way to perform at Migration Fest 2018 where they’ll share the stage with Khemmis, Krallice, Pelican, Panopticon, Mournful Congregation, Bongripper, Zombi, The Cancer Conspiracy, Deadbird, Spirit Adrift, Thou, Yellow Eyes, and more. Following the fest, the tour will continue through Philadelphia and Washington, and end in Richmond.
Featuring artwork by Timo Ketola (Dead Congregation, Sunn O))), Teitanblood), Appalling Ascensionis available on CD, LP, and digital formats in North America through 20 Buck Spin; stream and purchase the album at Bandcamp HERE and find physical order options HERE. The album is out in Europe through Osmose Productions.
Noisey published, “Appalling Ascension devotes its time to roiling riffs, apocalyptic percussion, an impossibly heavy low end, and echoing growls – classic modern dark death metal, really, with perhaps even more of a ghoulish doom edge and some truly nasty guitar work. Unlike many of its cave-dwelling peers, the band obviously pours real effort in crafting songs, not just song fragments sandwiched between swaths of spooky atmosphere…” Decibel Magazine offered, “THE OMINOUS CIRCLE‘s Appalling Ascension is frighteningly good. And from it, death metal’s timeless slumber is awakened. The mega-demon long bereft of new victims to devour whole, scare through to the soul, or force, by way of sound and spirit, disciples to worship fervently anew is real.” Metal injection declared, “Darkness slowly descends over the opening moments as instruments grow into the mix. Harsh bellows emerge roughly ninety seconds in, spitting venom over bombing snares, kicks, and crashes. Curling riffs roar and dance, eventually engulfing the finale of the track in a fiery blaze.”