Initial Descent: October 13 – 19, 2019

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1349 – photo courtesy of Dmitry Valberg

While the rest of civilization is knee deep in pumpkin spice, we’re knee deep in extreme metal and crusty horror flicks. Don your costumes and get the old plastic pumpkins ready, we’ve got tons of metal candy to hand out. Let’s do it…

For their seventh album, black metallers 1349 revisit the chaotic and thrashy nature of Hellfire and it’s like spiked arm gear buried elbow deep in some unsuspecting angel’s throat, put that in your pipe and smoke it. Oregon based deathgrinders, Rank and Vile, get the lead out with eight new tracks of piss and venom. It’s short, to the point, and kicks ass – ‘nuff said. Shrine of Insanabilis swiftly swing the black metal axe and conjure up an even better album than their debut… wait, what? It’s true, seek it out. NecronomicoN have always had a unique sort of operatic take on death metal and this tradition continues on their sixth full length which just so happens to be perfect for a dramatic exsanguination. Alright then, you know what’s next. Seek out the music and DESTROY your wallet. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 6 – 12, 2019

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Mortiferum – photo courtesy of Carter Murdoch

Devils, Witches, Ghouls, Freaks, and Sinners it’s our time. October is the month where the freak flags fly, inhibitions are at their most transparent, and the most wicked, vile imaginations are out in full force. Take a step back and breathe in that crisp fall air whilst knowing that Devil’s Night is drawing nigh. Oh yea, all that and a bag of chips. New metal. We got it. You need it. GO…

Pacific Northwest death/doom dealers Mortiferum axe their way onto the scene with a dank ass debut that reaches into the chest cavity, grabs the beating heart, and eats it slowly, very slowly. Then, neatly cleans up and moves on to the next victim. Next, on yet another debut, Australia’s Carcinoid vomits forth a hellishly tortured landscape of putrid death metal nasty enough to make its own blood drenched horror movie. Moving on, extreme metal scene veterans Sammath return with their sixth full length of blackened death/war metal and it’s a smorgasbord of insanity just waiting for a victim. Last up top is Blut Aus Nord, whom I’m sure you’ve heard that their latest full length of otherworldly progressive black metal was leaked by some two-bit-asshole so they decided to unleash the digital and yes, you already know it rules. But now, the physical edition is upon us and woe be unto the souls that miss out. Just sayin’. Top four down, much more to come. FEAST… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 99 (10.5.2019)

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Hi, all. You may notice the absence of brother Vincent. He’s off finding a good cemetery to hide the bodies in…wait…I wasn’t supposed to… Anyway, let’s just say he’s predisposed with business. And, you’re stuck with me as your DJ or MC or whatever the hell you want to call me. It’s ok since I’m serving up some delicious jams that we, your lovely Nine Circles fam, have been spinning this week. Brother Vince has the filthy new Vastum, Buke has some straight up prog, I’ve got horrendous death metal, including the new Sentient Horror joint, and Chris has a vast platter of pickings – all of which are AMAZING and exactly what you need to get the weekend kicked off in style. But, it also serves as a soundtrack to any sort of witching hour deeds, so there’s that. No more chatter, DO IT…

– Josh

Initial Descent: September 29 – October 5, 2019

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Exhumed – photo courtesy of Jehn W.A.

Fall is officially upon us and October will begin tomorrow. Who’s excited? ME. And you, of course. No surprise there and no surprise either that many of you are still reeling from the new Opeth album that dropped last week. Well, guess what? We’ve got another list of new stuff for you to get lost in and argue over. All killer, no filler. GO…

Exhumed kick off the witching season with their ninth album and it’s a freaking beast with punishing body blows and feral fangs that rip and tear. Seriously, it’s been quite some time since they’ve sounded this vicious so go and do that, pronto. Another thing to add to the “do now” list is the eighth effort from Insomnium, just when you think a band couldn’t get any better, they do, and they did. Likewise for Ripper’s newest 20 minutes of mind melting thrash – anyone remember how devastating Experiment of Existence was? This one multiplies it many times over. Last up top is Obsidian Tongue’s first utterance in six years and it’s their most affecting and astounding work of black/atmospheric/post/gaze metal to date. Knowing their discography, I’m even shocked I just wrote that, just trust me here. So really, these top slots are all can’t miss albums and start yet another STRONG week. But, there’s so much more and it’s a smorgasbord of gory delights. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Death Metal in 2019

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Death metal has seen a banner year. And, it’s seen a year that clearly divided the genre into swampy caveman ooze and extreme for the sake of extreme. Basically, whatever is your preference is out there and your favorite album awaits. This is the year for death metal fans and that’s the bottom line. Yes, I do realize we’re closing in on EOY season but for us, all that fun is held until, you know, the end of the year so why not broach some of the good shit now? Rhetorical, of course. As a reminder, last time we did this was for black metal and it was a silver platter of offerings so be sure to revisit that. Moving on, we do have rules for this piece. I hate rules. But, the only one for this Nine Circles ov… is that anything covered here can only be albums we haven’t covered in long form which leaves out Vitriol, Fluids, Tomb Mold, and several other holy-hell-top-notch albums. Be that as it may, there’s tons here to dig into from 2019 so get your shovel and dig until you hit the coffins.
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