Initial Descent: October 14 – 20, 2018

Exxxecutioner

As we get deeper in the year the metal just gets better and better. And amazingly, it hasn’t been shabby to this point so count your blessings folks. The list gets a little longer each week from here on out and I could’ve easily put way more than four up here. Be sure to stick around at the end of the list for picks from last week we missed but have since rectified it with extended listening sessions and vinyl purchases. Yea, I’m that guy AND I’ve got tapes too. Nerd.

Anyway, kicking these festivities off in a raucous way is the debut, Death Sentence, from England’s Exxxecutioner and if you thought this was porno grind you’re dead wrong. It’s eight tracks of kick ass blackened speed metal perfect for a night of drunken debauchery. Next up is one of NY’s shining death metal legends, Internal Bleeding, and thank Satan the brutish death contained within Corrupting Influence is so much better than that artwork, just sayin’. Following that is Outre-Tomb with Nécrovortex and good god almighty this is down and dirty morbid death that needs to be in your ears, NOW. Switching it up a bit, tempo wise, is Domkraft‘s Flood which flips the Neurosis meets Ufomammut switch but adds major apocalyptic heft which makes for a devastating second effort.

So, crushing top slots here but fear not as there’s more where that came from directly below… Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 7 – 13, 2018

vanhelgd
Vanhelgd

I’m seeing tons more people getting into the whole 31 days of horror extravaganza this year and want to remind everyone to not miss the Blood Red series from Chris where he goes all in for Hooptober. This is the month where horror and metal collide in an evil symphony and needless to say, I’ll drink to that. Speaking of metal, there’s plenty of it this week so let’s get to it…

Swedish death metallers Vanhelgd offer up their fifth installment of insanely good death metal on Deimos Sanktuarium and yes, it is better than Temple of Phobos. NY’s King Buffalo may tag themselves as heavy blues but after spending much time with their second full length Longing To Be the Mountain I would add ‘explosion’ to that tag – it’s an explosion of ideas; a psychedelic cousin and a blues brother meet up to grab drinks with a rocker friend and a metal head uncle. Great second effort here. Vermithrax make their brand of thrash pulse with the soul of classic heavy metal on Imperium Draconus and Solium Fatalis return with a crunchy, melodic blast of death and black metal on Genetically Engineered To Enslave – the production on this thing is unbelievable which is good news for eardrums all around the world.

Stacked week so far but there’s much more candy to enjoy below, go get them. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 30 – October 6, 2018

Behemoth 2018

October, finally. The best month of the year is upon us which is a cause for celebration. ‘But, it’s Monday’ you say – hogwash, it’s the first day of October. Moving on, metal is celebrating another release week and we’ve got your fix for all things shiny and new. What’s in store? Keep reading…

The world is pretty dark and Behemoth loves us as noted from the title of their eleventh full length I Loved You At Your Darkest. What can I say? Behemoth is still Behemoth and even though it’s not a great album it is a good one, if you dug their last handful you’ll dig this one as well. Based on the lead off single, High On Fire is back sounding better than ever with Electric Messiah which should come as no surprise – galloping riff thunder from the riff lord, color me excited. The ever chaotic and apocalyptic brand of black metal that Carpe Noctem debuted back in 2013 is even more upfront on Vitrun but more than that, this thing is an absolute beast that towers over their debut – highly recommended. Last up top is Brazil’s Piah Mater with a truly progressive death / black / rock effort on The Wandering Daughter and when I say this thing impressed the hell out of me I mean it wholeheartedly. They strike an outstanding balance of Opeth and Enslaved but turn it into something wholly their own and show off some outstanding chops in the process. Just go buy it already.

Enough chat, there’s a long list to get to down there so have at it. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 54 (9.30.2018)

playlist - mixtape

We could go on and on about how good metal has been thus far in the year or about how far the headlong spiral into the abyss we will go before it stops or even debate on what matters and what doesn’t (none of which I’m doing here by the way). The only thing that really matters at this moment in time is this piece of words and that we’re sharing another playlist of what we’ve collectively found that stuck with us in some form or fashion over the past couple weeks. Music has a tendency to allow its listeners a place to go where they can shrug and not give a damn and hopefully you’ll find that place here. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here and head directly below for a playlist tailor made for Saturday.

– Josh

Profile: Kalki Avatara of Piah Mater

Piah Mater
Piah Mater

In metal, when I see Brazil as a band’s locale my brain automatically goes to blood curdling death metal or chants of ‘ROOOOOOTS.’ And because of that I’d never associate it with a powerfully progressive death metal band sporting a hint of black metal and veiled in rock regalia but Piah Mater have officially changed my reaction on this matter. If you’ve listened to their solid debut Memories of Inexistence I’m sure you’re already aware of their proximity to Opeth and Enslaved (not a bad place to be). On their upcoming second album, The Wandering Daughter, they won’t be shedding those comparisons but as much as they’ve grown musically since 2015 they can stand tall as a band that ACTUALLY pulls this marriage off. And does it extremely well I might add. Comparisons alone don’t tell the real, or whole, story but the thought provoking and ingenious songwriting, extremely talented chops, and impressive vocal range do – and a beautifully memorable story it is. Just ahead of the October 5 release date, we had the chance to ask drummer Kalki Avatara our set of Profile questions, read on to see what he had to say and don’t miss the links contained within to grab your copy. Continue reading