Initial Descent: December 18 – 24, 2017


Merry Christmas! One more Initial Descent to go and 2016 is in the rearview mirror. Also, if you haven’t finished your christmas shopping, may the force be with you as you find empty shelves and hells minions in the stores. Or you could just give up and Bandcamp gift everyone on your list something from the massive metal year we’ve had. See, we truly care about you readers and are here for you. Speaking of; we here at Nine Circles want to extend a huge and heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you that have stopped by and spent any amount of time with us. We hope you will continue to visit us in 2017 and we will do everything we can to keep it interesting. Also we want to thank all the bands, artists, labels, PR firms and all those behind the scenes that offer us an opportunity to do this and the means in which to do it with. To our staff; we appreciate you and everything you do more than you know. You volunteer your time to do this and being that time is in short supply it means so much that you sacrifice it for us to move forward. You rule, period. This week KRALLICE leads the charge with Prelapsarian and yes they still kill it, on the Viking metal front we have No Blood No Glory from Pimeä Metsä, Nahtrunar continues their grim approach to black metal on Existenz and Panzerfaust takes a look at evil as it relates to the human condition on their extremely dense black metal album The Lucifer Principle. As usual that’s only the beginning so hit that continue reading button and see what else is out there.


Krallice – Prelapsarian (Gilead Media) – black metal


Pimeä Metsä – No Blood, No Glory (WormHoleDeath) – viking, folk metal [full review]


Nahtrunar – Existenz (Arcane Angels/Altare Productions) – black metal


Panzerfaust – The Lucifer Principle (Avantgarde Music) – black metal

Also on tap:

Beating Dead Meat – With Full Force (Inverse Records) – death metal

Blasphemonger – Impaled Beneath the Pentagram (Les Fleurs du Mal Productions) – old school death metal

Dead Wretch – Baby, It’s Khold Outside, Single (Independent) – black metal, punk

Echelon – The Brimstone Aggrandizement (Transcending Obscurity) – death metal

Fear of the Storm – Madness Splinters (1991-1996), Box Set (My Kingdom Music) goth, dark wave

Nachtzeit – Sagor | Natten, EP (Nordvis Produktion) – black metal

Never Presence Forever/Gridfailure – Split, EP (Independent) – noise, drone

Rudra – Enemy of Duality (Transcending Obscurity) – extreme metal

Sadokist – Thy Saviours Halo, Held By Horns, Reissue (Blood Harvest) – blackened thrash metal

Scarecrow – Exterminators of the Year 4000 (Inverse Records) – horrorpunk

See? – Lighteninging On Your Thames (Nefarious Industries) – experimental

Tyrant’s Blood – Into the Kingdom of Graves, Reissue (Tridroid Records) – death metal

– Josh

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