MDF week is upon us and while I can’t be there I know plenty of you that are. Hopefully soon I can live vicariously through your experiences, be safe and enjoy. For the rest of you, it’s another stacked week here on Initial Descent. And leading us off is the amazing prog/black/death metal debut Upon My Cremation Pyre from Jordablod. If you’ve ever heeded my advice I implore you to check this one out — scorching way to burst onto the scene here. Next up is Wode with their second full length Servants of the Countercosmos and as ridiculously good as their debut was this one is even better. The formula has been altered slightly but the results are astounding, count on this one staying the course the rest of the year. Sólstafir return with Bedreyminn and unshockingly they’ve done it yet again — blistering post rock collides with their signature metal style and it’s, simply put, bliss. Last of the top slots goes to Illustrations with Acts of God and if you missed out on this band’s debut do not make that mistake again. Hardcore is the foundation but many elements have been added to make this a heartfelt and colorful album, highly recommended. As usual, there is much more to sink your teeth into right after the jump… Continue reading
We here at Nine Circles endeavor to bring to you, our devoted readers, as much razor sharp insight and commentary into the hidden pockets, nooks, and crevices the extreme metal world can offer. We have burrowed into the underground scenes of Singapore and the Philippines, profiled some of the best and darkest metal labels around, and even reviewed a record or two.
But even our exacting eye and archeological know-how can’t dig up every release that comes out in a year. Sometimes things get lost in the panoply of splits, reissues, cassette only demos and 800g quadruple sided splattered with the tears of an angel vinyl exclusive. Who knows how these obscure nuggets missed our Sauron gaze? Lack of marketing funds? Little social media presence? It doesn’t matter, for in today’s edition of Nine Circles ov… I attempt to shed some light on these obscure, little known bands…
…Lord knows they could use the exposure. Continue reading
I’ve said this a couple of times since hearing the tragic news of Chris Cornell’s passing: you never stop long enough to realize just how ingrained in the fabric of your own life an artist really is until it’s too late. Badmotorfinger came out when I was 17, a time when I was 10 feet tall and bulletproof but really just trying to figure it all out. What I gained from Soundgarden and the soulful, visionary vocals of Cornell was a safe place away from it all. A place I could just…be, tune out everything and escape. Throughout the years and other projects, solo or otherwise I’ve always been able to find that safe place, that frequency that allowed me to get lost in his music. Today it hits even harder. We’ve lost so many good ones but because of that time and place, being 10 feet tall and not knowing anything and hearing that voice, this one really hit home. Chris “Outshined” them all…rest in peace. Nine Circles offers heartfelt condolences to family, friends, bandmates and fans across the globe that were touched in any way by his music.
This week gives us yet another escape and it couldn’t have come at a better time: Steve Von Till’s project Harvestman returns with Music For Megaliths, the fourth full length of folk inspired ambient drone and its one you cannot miss (but if you’re a Von Till fan you already know that). Vancouver’s Device gives us their next — and unfortunately last — full length Good Things Never Last, an album full of classic and classy traditional heavy metal. We need this right now so do yourself a favor and pick this one up, trust me. Somnium Nox offers up their menacing take on atmospheric black metal with debut full length Terra Inanis and Abkehr suck every bit of air out of the room on their dark and sinister black metal debut EP In Asche. So there you have it, a week I wish we could do over with different results and new releases that give us somewhere to find some sort of comfort and escape. Please, be well friends. Continue reading
Another week bites the dust and in case you missed it we’ve had some good stuff on the site this week: news, Nine Circles ov…Easing Back Into Power Metal, Profile, reviews and of course the official weekend starting Evcharist. Feel free to take all that in while you browse all the new metal that’s out this week and spoiler alert: good stuff contained within. Bringing progressive death metal, that actually is progressive (as in moving the genre forward), is John Frum with their debut A Stirring In the Noos and from start to finish this thing will amaze even the most hardened of death metal fan. Next up is Merchant with their second full length of extremely moving and densely layered doom metal, Beneath. Doom fans get on this asap. Summoner summons up the kind of hard driving guitar rock that will appeal to anyone that stirs at the mere sound of a guitar on Beyond the Realm of Light, got a road trip coming up? YOU NEED THIS. Wormwitch strike black n roll gold on their crazy good debut Strike Mortal Soil and the same can be said of debut full length Dysangelium from Sweden’s Ensnared which is an excellent outing of tangled and discordant death metal, a definite must hear. There you have it folks, all that and much more just beyond that ‘continue reading’ button. Continue reading
This was a weird week. Maybe I’m on my own in this opinion but it seems like the general population has lost their minds all of a sudden or been hijacked by aliens. On the road, walking down the street, ordering food, you name it, NO ONE pays attention anymore and it’s as annoying as twenty ass pimples, all at once. Ok, that’s out of my system but you came for new metal and we have plenty of it this week. Full of Hell kicks things off this week with a scorching statement on Trumpeting Ecstacy and to put it simple, this album is full of awesome (nope, couldn’t help myself). Next up is Exuvia from The Ruins of Beverast and while it is another amalgamation of black metal and doom the band continues their experimental touch and come away with another triumph of an album. Moving along, Drug Honkey offers up their wickedly nasty gutter death on Cloak of Skies, I’ve never been a junkie but this could be a fitting soundtrack to a trip. And Snares of Sixes get all proggy/avant-garde on us with their genre bending debut EP Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass. With that, the opening four are down and you know the drill, dive in below for tons more metal. Continue reading