Initial Descent: June 7 – 13, 2020

Beyond Deth
Beyond Deth

My new favorite thing in the blackened thrash spectrum of metal is Georgia’s Beyond Deth and this week sees the release of their second full length, good for me and good for you since, plainly put, this is my favorite album of this ilk thus far in 2020—definitely do yourself a favor and check it out. Ulthar continue to push the boundaries of death metal far beyond its limits on their second outing, Uprising offer up their second effort of straight forward black metal (smack in the middle of digital and physical releases so get in on it now), and Curse the Son are back with what I call working man’s doom metal—dirty, gritty, fuzzy, and worth every bit of effort spent. Folks, right now we need an escape, any escape, and these top four, along with the remainder of the list below, offer just that. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 31 – June 6, 2020

16 band
16 (photo courtesy of Chad Kelco)

2020 is, and has been, a dumpster fire of epic proportions—this is not news. All I can say is; ya’ll stay safe and stay well. Now, new metal time so let’s conjure up some actual good stuff, shall we? The best sludge band on the planet, 16, is back for another all killer, no filler eighth full length. These guys can do no wrong and for as long as they’ve been excellent at what they do, they just get better and better. Kult Mogił offers up a lightning rod of classic strained death metal full of speed and adrenaline that will raise the heart rate inside of its first twenty seconds, and Exhumed & Gruesome team up for a blood spraying, neck whipping, ass kicking split release from two different spectrums of death metal—two for one type of deal. Well, what are you waiting for? It all awaits, below. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 24 – 30, 2020

Centinex
Centinex (photo courtesy of Jelena Sulce)

New metal, long list, you need it, we got it, let’s do it. Alright then, if you had to ask yourself who that is in the header image…FOR SHAME! It’s none other than Centinex who’ve been around for 30 years now and who continue to be a freaking PILLAR of death metal on their eleventh full length—just do it. Violent Hammer couldn’t have picked a better band name since the sound on their war/black/death full length debut hits like a damn hammer, Adzes take the all in approach with their sludge, noise, post-alot, gazey sound but it works and amazingly so, and Sorcerer shed the doom by numbers approach on their third full length and opt for the epic approach and, yes indeed, it works. There it is, four rotundly killer releases to kick things off AND we’ve got so much more hiding just below. Go now and drop all the cash on all the metals. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 130 (5.23.2020)

playlist - mixtape

We had this playlist all sorted until Enslaved dropped “Homebound” and now we’ve got a new lead off video. If this is any indication of what to expect from their next album, we are in for a treat, folks. A TREAT, I tell you. We’ve got that, some new Couch Slut, a new one from Ulcerate and Triptykon, Sorcerer and Binary Code, and Zyklonius closes things out in epic fashion with a 24 minute Fleshvessel pick. All that and much more awaits directly below. Making your Saturday better is our goal so we hope you’ll enjoy. Missing brother Vince? No worries, he’s off saving the world but he’ll be back in short order. Kick back, pop a top or fresh crack a bourbon, and enjoy some tunes. See you here again soon.

– Josh

Initial Descent: May 17 – 23, 2020

Revenge
Revenge

As of today, my Mortician facemasks have been delivered. Glorious day, folks. Anyway, new metal Monday so let’s do it. Canada’s Revenge have been called a lot of things but extreme and chaotic are among the most pertinent descriptors, and they’re back with a major label debut and if anyone thought that would mean a less striking platter of extreme, those kind of thinkers are dead wrong. Pile of Priests drop their self titled debut which is a stunning display of thinking man’s death metal that has cahones as big as a planet, Chepang doles out punishing grindcore on their sophomore effort that will bring the eardrum pain, and Cosmic Putrefaction offer an all encompassing journey through every imaginable metal arena—kind of an ‘all that and a bag of chips’ sort of deal. So, as I don my fresh Mortician face mask you go and drop some cash on today’s offerings, I’ll be there in a sec. Continue reading