Initial Descent: June 23 – 29, 2019

Beastwars
Beastwars

So, back to reality from last week’s land of sand, sun, saltwater, and relaxation. Ughhhhh. Bills must be paid so here we are. Whatever.

New metal is in abundance which, at this moment, is a very good thing and a very needed thing. Let’s do it… Beastwars returns with an outstanding album — you read that right, BEASTWARS — and you need it, Yellow Eyes are back and continue to keep the american black metal machine exceptionally greased, Low Flying Hawks offers up yet another gaze-y sludge effort, and TheNightTimeProject channels the more rockin’ side of Katatonia which is actually really good.

I’ll be over here perusing at max volume trying to channel last week’s ocean breezes. Don’t mind me, carry on. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 85 (6.22.2019)

playlist - mixtape

Another week has gone by and I’ve found myself beset with yet another annoying round of illness.  I’m beginning to question if there isn’t some divine presence out there that is punishing me for something or another; I used to be one of those people who never gets sick, and in the last 7 months I’ve dealt with everything from the flu to e. coli.  Fortunately it’s the weekend, which means I get free reign to lay around in bed and recuperate with some good music, and so do you, thanks to another installment of our weekly playlist.  Of particular note this week is the new Drab Majesty single and video accompaniment, which a ton of us on staff are going nuts for, but there’s plenty in there for any and all tastes.  Take a listen below, and as always, thanks for checking us out.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Superstition and GT’s Trilogy Kombucha

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: Superstition’s The Anatomy of Unholy Transformation and GT’s Trilogy Kombucha.   Continue reading

CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (June 21, 2019)

cursed imagery

Three weeks in a row! Never thought I’d get to this point again. I guess it is easier to keep up with posting when you’re working a three-12-hour-shift nursing schedule than a traditional 9-to-5. Hard to not find enough time to rag on a few album covers with that schedule.

The trouble, this week, was finding album covers that deserved to be ragged on. Since our debut post a couple weeks ago, the well of standout album covers (good or bad) has dried up a bit. Not totally, of course, but…we’ve been forced to get a bit more creative in our selections. There are even some I’m gonna be complimentary of this week! Crazy, huh?

Anyway, enough rambling — hit the jump for my album art highlights from the week of June 21-27!

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Initial Descent: June 16 – 22, 2019

Lunar Shadow
Lunar Shadow

By the time this goes to press, I’ll be having my morning coffee sitting on the sand and near the waves for the first time since last year. Needless to say, I’ll be in my happy place and will be enjoying every second of it. Luckily, I will have brought along some of this week’s new metal which will, of course, only enhance the week ahead. A trio of heavy metallers get this edition of new releases under way; one that leans towards the goth side: Lunar Shadow, one that leans towards the fantasy side: Gygax, and one that leans towards the thrash side: Kryptos, and all of which kick some major heavy metal ass. Which leads us to the last top slot with newcomers Murk Rider who weave long, epic and twisting black metal tales to add the just the right amount of darkness to my current playlist.

Now, go seek and destroy. I’ll be over here getting sand in my crack. Continue reading