Initial Descent: March 7 – 13, 2021

LG Petrov
L-G Petrov, credit Maciej Pieloch

First off, RIP to L-G Petrov. Death metal will never be the same without this legendary soul. This is not the way any of us wanted to start a new week, but here we are. Again. Unfortunately. New metal: Taking the lead is SC’s blackened thrash maniacs Demiser with a debut full length that’s sure to be the breakout hit of 2021, Eyehategod is back after a long silence and yep, you guessed it, they’re still the undisputed kings of sludge metal, The Crown offer up one of my favorite albums since Deathrace King, and Domestikwom lay out a physical release of their outstanding EP full of experimental metal and noise. Get some.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Wÿntër Ärvń — “Abysses”

Let’s do a little word association.  When someone shouts “90’s black metal” at the top of their lungs at you, what are the first things that come to mind?  Satanism, for sure.  Certainly minimalistic production values, dark lyrics and dense atmosphere.  How about acoustic guitars, clarinet and bouzouki?  No?  Well, maybe you should start associating those things more strongly.  Wÿntër Ärvń, the French neofolk one-man project turned duo, are back with their second release Abysses, and on it they take everything that you would expect from classic second wave black metal and turn it completely on its head.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 171 (3.6.2021)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome back, weekend warriors. This time on our Saturday morning mixtape series, we have a grip of picks from almost everyone on staff, so you’re bound to find something good no matter what you’re into. Brew up something strong and take a listen down below.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Kaskaskia and Greenbush Brewing Company’s Star Chicken Shotgun

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 offerings:  Kaskaskia’s Fleecian Winter Majesty and Greenbush Brewing Company’s Star Chicken Shotgun.

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CURSED IMAGERY: The Month in Album Art (February 2021)

cursed imagery

Welcome back! It’s a new month, and you know what that means: time to look back at some funnies from the old month. And fellow art criticism aficionados, let me tell you: despite being the shortest month of the year, February 2021 was absolutely stacked for ridiculous album covers. The more-than-1000 albums / singles / EPs released over the last 28 days (per Metal-Archives) yielded a “long list” of 30 albums. And man, it was difficult as shit whittling that list down to the 10 that ultimately made the cut. Do not think for a minute that the following albums are the only ones worth giggling over this month; February was a veritable treasure trove. These just happen to be the best of the best.

Anyway. Let’s take a look at ’em now, shall we?

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