Initial Descent: March 29 – April 4, 2020

Beggar

The sentiment of ‘hope everyone is well and safe’ carries again this week as we’re still in this mess. But, to stave off the darkness and provide some living room destroying fun, we’ve got another long list of incoming metal so hopefully something here will help pass the time. London based Beggar offer up a debut full length of incendiary extreme sludge metal and I’ve been head over heels for this one, you should be too, Testament have their 13th full length on deck and one thing’s always been for sure about them: never, ever count them out as their brand of melodic thrash and heavy metal still sounds amazing after 34 years, Skam astutely define catharsis through grinding violence, and Zolle find cohesive and powerful ground with a solid mixture of noise and sludge. Incredible picks already and there’s so much more below so dig in and keep your head up as much as possible. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Lord Buffalo — “Tohu Wa Bohu”

It’s Sunday, so it must be time for me to review another folk album.  I feel like that is most of what I do here but I’m also fine with that.  Outside of metal, folk is what I listen to the most, so naturally I’m going to gravitate towards that, given the chance.  Sometimes, I even get a chance to talk about an album that shamelessly straddles the gap between the two genres, which is exactly what Lord Buffalo’s new LP Tohu Wa Bohu does.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 122 (3.28.2020)

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Welcome to another Saturday morning playlist. We live in weird times but great new music is still here to carry us through. Case in point, this week I’ve brought you the newest one from The Ruins of Beverast and Ulcerate (Stare Into Death and Be Still is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated albums by our staff). Anton also brings in the new one from Aversio Humanitatis, which is another album I’m hotly anticipating. And for something a little different, we are including ‘Slaves to the Grind,’ a documentary about the grindcore scene at the end of the playlist. So check out the tunes and get some culture in you, all at the link below.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Velnias and Mic-Czech

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: Velnias’ Scion of Aether and Boomtown Brewery’s Mic-Czech.   Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Consuming Metal in Isolation

quarantine

Being into metal can be isolating enough…I remember as a kid in in high school (this would be circa 1990?) having to do a social studies project where kids would sing songs with social or political relevance.  I can’t tell you how many kids did Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire.”

Me?  I did Testament’s “Greenhouse Effect.”  Being isolated wasn’t a problem after that.

This, of course, is something different. Continue reading