Initial Descent: February 17 – 23, 2019

Minors
Minors

By the time this goes to press I’ll be working my way out of the mountains and back into the hustle and bustle. I’ll probably get lost along the way and will, no doubt, be cold but it’ll be worth it. Nature rules, you should try it sometime. Anyway, thanks to these music players / phones / leashes we all have I won’t be without some of this week’s shiny new metal. Long list ahead so let’s get to it…

Ontario’s Minors was recently one of our Profile subjects and we said that their brand of sludge fueled hardcore would “leave jaws planted firmly on floors the world over” on sophomore outing Abject Bodies and we weren’t kidding – take our word for it and buy it. Next up is new music from Primitive Man and Hell which separately would rule by default but to have them on the same album, in Split format, is likely to knock the earth off its axis with their massive combination of death, doom and sludge. Pernicion wreak trve death metal havoc on their EP Seek What They Sought, and Sanhedrin keep the flames of classic heavy metal extremely well stoked on The Poisoner.

What else is up? Read on… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 67 (02.16.2019)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome to the glorious end of another week.  This is especially nice for me, as I’m staring a nice three-day weekend in the face at the moment, which is gonna give me plenty of time to catch up on all the new releases I’ve been slacking on getting to (I did check out the Coltsblood and Un split today and boy howdy was that some good doom).  You can catch me holed up in my bed with my tablet and Spotify for 72 uninterrupted hours as the greater Los Angeles area slowly succumbs to the relentless sheets of rain we’ve been having for the last two weeks.  And if you need some listening inspiration, check out what tunes we’ve been digging below. Stay cozy, wherever you are.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Ithaca and Password Pale Ale

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

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: Ithaca’s The Language of Injury and Hop Secret Brewing Company’s Password Pale Ale.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 10 -16, 2019

Endorphins Lost
Endorphins Lost – courtesy of Jon Fett

It’s love week. Cupid, hearts….and all that. Who do you love? I say, who do you LOooOVE?! Whoa, the spirit of Bo Diddley got me for a sec. But, to further his point: we love metal and lists of new metal. We have both, in spades, right here. Keep reading, dear reader…

It’s been awhile since the last really good powerviolence fix but Endorphins Lost repair that missing element on the devastatingly vicious Seclusions – think Choose Your Way with more hate and venom. If you’ve been paying attention, speed metal with a heavy lean towards all things 80s is a very good thing and Chainbreaker do just that, tremendously so, on debut Lethal Desire. Saor don’t exactly break their own mold on Forgotten Paths but they still execute their brand of folk and atmospheric black metal well and if we we’re betting folks, we would bet that this album will be much better when played at Fire In the Mountains Fest. Last up top are the black ‘n’ punk phenoms Truchło Strzygi who offer one of the most seamless mixes of those two genres on Nad Którymi Nie Czuw Żaden Stróż.

Happy love week. Keep reading to find something you really love. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 66 (02.09.2019)

playlist - mixtape

Good morning ladies, fellas, and the people that don’t give a fuck.  We’re going to keep this short and sweet today because once again I am behind on time, somehow.  Even though my work week got cut short (thank you massive server error), it only meant I had to spend my free time doing all the important errands I had been putting off.  But now there’s breakfast, coffee, my car doesn’t make quite as many weird sounds as it used to, and of course there’s good music to get me pumped on yet another rainy Southern California day.  Lets hope this gets your weekend off to a good start too.

– Vincent