Initial Descent: May 22 – 28, 2022

Mournful Congregation

Another week, another list of new metal… to which, we rejoice! I know, I know, it’s Monday and that’s a bit too much excitement. However, who doesn’t get excited over new metal? I mean, that’s about all we have anymore. Anywho, get your frowns on for a moment and welcome the new outing from Mournful Congregation (I kid, it’s good), next up is a war machine of deathgrind from Holocausto Canibal, then we’ve got an epic heavy metal effort from Gengis Khan, a rockin’ good time from Besvärjelsen, and a bloated list of many other hits to empty your wallets and blast what’s left of your hearing. Head directly below and happy hunting. See you here throughout the week…

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 232 (5.21.2022)

Welcome back to your regularly scheduled Nine Circles Playlist. The 232nd, in fact. And the metal has been flowing here at 9C. Some really strong music coming out lately, both from heavy hitters like Cave In and Blut Aus Nord as well as some smaller but really killer bands like Predatory Light and Kvaen, who I just got turned onto thanks to the awesome staff here at Nine Circles. So let’s kick it off with some of that and then get to the crew.

Have you been knocked to the floor yet? If so, pick yourself back up, because Anton’s back and he’s got new music coming from Warforged, Greylotus, and Inanna. Then Josh barrels into the room (careful not to spill a drop of his choice bourbon) with Tombs covering Motörhead, Abaddon Incarnate, Dismorphic Demiurge, Periphery, and some killer new cuts from Wormrot. Next up it’s Vincent over the moon with news that Imperial Triumphant is back with new music. He’s also bringing the variety with Cocteau Twins, new Nechochwen, A Pregnant Light and some Martyrdöd – I just picked this up on vinyl and it is indeed vicious. Buke alternates between old and new with some classic Rainbow, Amon Amarth, Sanctuary, and Opeth before following it up with some new music from Master Boot Record. Finally Angela makes sure we all go home satisfied with some Alexisonfire, Sowulo, and Ethel Cain.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

Initial Descent: May 15 – 21, 2022

Cave In

Here’s hoping no more devastating news this week. You know how this works, it’s Monday which means it’s new metal release time and we kick things off with a long awaited album from Cave In that hits all the right buttons, Mortal Thrall very successfully trip the post-black metal trigger, Stjärnfält warps the typical black metal tropes with an excellent effort, Sadistic Ritual keeps the thrash fires burning oh so high, and, as always, a hefty list follows. If we missed anything, let us know and if your band or label wants to be feature here in the future, hit the about page and send us an email. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week…

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 231 (5.14.2022)

Words are useless, but here’s the gist: Trevor Strnad lived and breathed metal in a way we can only dream of. Even if he wasn’t the frontperson for The Black Dahlia Murder, a band whose consistency and commitment to crafting some of the best death metal to infect your brain are unparalleled…even if his vocal timbre wasn’t unique in the field, and his lyrics a masterclass in how to craft a metal narrative…even if none of that was true (and it was, folks…it was) few people who had a mouthpiece in the scene used it as passionately and effectively as Strnad did to champion bands, to champion metal, to champion the cause for what this music means to so many people. His death is a tragedy we haven’t come to terms with yet. It hammers home how hard it can be to see the pain in others, and how fucking essential it is that we reach to see, to know, to embrace each other to keep the darkness from consuming more vital flames.

Capping off the playlist this week we’ve included Symposium of Sickness #2 featuring Trevor alongside Schuler (DeathMetalRadio) and Crypticus who discuss Vader among other things death metal related.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

Receiving the Evcharist: Primitive Man and Come Heavy or Not at All

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Rarely do we actually find a drink that perfectly pairs with the tunes at hand, but this time I think we’ve managed the perfect pairing, if you can survive to the end of it.  Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Primitive Man’s Insurmountable and Hubbard’s Cave’s Come Heavy or Not at All.

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