Initial Descent: July 5 – 11, 2020

Skeleton
Skeleton, photo courtesy of Mark Garcia

Now that we’re officially in the back half of 2020, the past six months has brought a wealth of outstanding metal spanning all genres. As for me, death metal is in the lead. What about this back half? Will the metal of death stay at the top? Who knows. But, I do know there’s no signs of the quality waning or quantity slowing down so that’s a good thing. Welcome, one and all, to the first full week of the back half and tons more new releases. Cases in point; a full length debut that’s an extreme display of punk, thrash, and death metal aggression from Texas based Skeleton, another entry into ‘negative wizard metal’ from Rebel Wizard (you figure that one out or ask our very own Charles who got me into it), and an outstanding third full length from Lantern that proves, yet again, that Finnish death metal is SO ON POINT. Much more below to sink your teeth into so go do that. Enjoy. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Netherlands’ Timo Ellis on new album “Zombie Techno,” side effects of current events and staying busy creating music, an explosive new video, and more!

Netherlands

Current events have been a bitch for artists the world over but for Brooklyn rockers, Netherlands, it’s afforded the opportunity to double down on creating music. Last week the band released their fifth full length Zombie Techno via frontman Timo Ellis‘s Records and Tapes Records imprint and it’s another in a long line that’s incredibly hard to pin down but for those of you living under a rock and completely unaware, their sound is somewhere between sludge, pop, avantmetal, and heavy as heck with amazing vocals. It’s catchy, entertaining, unique and carries a powerful message. So, yeah…if you like Netherlands, it’s time to get excited and if you don’t know, it’s time to get acquainted.
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Initial Descent: June 28 – July 4, 2020

Myrkridia

As of last week, Deicide’s self titled album turned 30 years old. I look back on it like it was yesterday as that album was the one that really pushed me headfirst into death metal. Sure, I had dabbled in the tape trading circles but nothing I had heard to that point really grabbed me like “Lunatic of God’s Creation” or the pummeling of “Dead By Dawn.” Stone cold classic. Anyway, there’s no way to know which album off of these new release lists we’ll be looking back on with the same admiration but damn if it ain’t fun searching. About that search; this week brings us a sick manifestation of blackened death metal from Myrkridia, a soul crushing epic of death/doom from Convocation, and a tumultuous amalgamation of black metal, doom and noise from Swarming. And, as always, so much more below. Seek and enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 21 – 27, 2020

inexorum band
Inexorum

Alright then, no need to rehash current events. Pretty sure we all know shit’s on fire and if we don’t, shame on us. Might as well showcase some extreme metal for some extreme times, let’s get it. For their second full length, Inexorum pretty much lay waste to any band trying the whole atmospheric, emotionally packed yet razored raw black metal in one fell swoop—yea, it’s that good. Chaotic avantmetallers Netherlands return with another reason to fall in love with poppy hooks, extreme bass, velvety vocals, and melodies that stick like glue–count me in. Serocs flip the tech and brutal switches on their latest death metal EP, and Pyrrhon make us question whether it’s death metal or extreme metal or just genius at work but honestly no surprises here since they’ve been doing that since day one. Tons more to dig into below so go grab your soundtrack to the global fire. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 14 – 20, 2020

Aversio Humanitatis
Aversio Humanitatis

And, we shall march forward. Forward to an unknown future. Forward to an unknown new norm. Forward to some more bullshit. How about forward to some new metal? That’s my jam, so let’s roll. Aversio Humanitatis grace us with their second full length and I say grace us because it’s an epic level outing of black metal that cracks skulls as easy as it mesmerizes with grandiose skill and songcraft; dark, atmospheric, and sharp as an axe so, do the thing. Then we’ve got Zebadiah Crowe with an excellent name, excellent album cover, and equally as excellent blackened thrash with an industrial tinge, do this one too. Moving along, Ritual Mass offer up a quick ass kicker of death metal and honestly since it’s on Caligari that should tell you all you need to know about its quality. Last but far from least is a vinyl issue of one of the filthiest death metal names in the game, Cryptworm. No excuse to not have this on your turntable. And there you have it, the top four this week but there’s so much more below that awaits your hard earned dollar. Keep your heads on straight and keep trudging, we’re all in the same stinking ass boat. Continue reading