Josh Thieler’s Favorite Releases of 2017

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Its been a long time since I posted anything for Nine Circles. Of all the things 2017 has been for me, it has definitely been the busiest I’ve ever been. I joined more bands, recorded drums / vocals for other bands, art for my bands and other bands, PR for my bands and others, started a record label, and a bunch of other stuff. I miss being more active with Nine Circles but it looks like the current staff has been crushing it!

Anyway, the time has come for year end list. I love reading everyone’s lists and seeing what albums I might have missed or maybe need to check out again. I hope you find some new music in here you will enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 2 – 8, 2017

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Extremity – photo courtesy of Jehnifer Mickalacki Sublett

What a week right? We’ve had hot, cold, snow and downright nasty weather but hopefully everyone is ok and ready to get this week behind us in hopes that next week might bring better things. But, hold that thought as we have a stellar week of metal releases to get to before we move on. Lets get after it: first up is Extremity with their debut Extremely Fucking Dead which is, simply put, fun death metal for fans of straight ahead, no frills death metal, plus the band features a deep lineup so get on it ASAP. Next up is the blackened hardcore debut A World Within Flesh from Hellkeeper, this is the kind of album that pulls you in and refuses to let go while it batters your ears to a bloody pulp, tasty. Moving along we have Sigil‘s debut Kingdom of the Grave and honestly if this crusty piece of d-beat driven death metal doesn’t make you move or start a pit in your living room you’re already dead. Last but not least is Azarath with their sixth full length of Behemoth meets Krisiun strain of death metal, In Extremis. This band just gets better with each album and considering their first full length was ridiculously good and theyre six albums in, that’s saying something. You know the deal, we have many more after the jump so clear the rest of your weekend and enjoy. Continue reading

Profile: Billy Bayou of Glorior Belli

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Call it what you will. Glorior Belli is some serious black metal crossed with southern swamp rock and just a touch of experimentation. Earlier this year the band dropped Sundown (The Flock that Welcomes) (which we glowingly reviewed here) which represented a welcome return to form. It’s not only one of the band’s best albums but it’s arguably one of the best black metal albums of 2016. A startling work of beauty and grit. We were fortunate enough to have Billy Bayou of Glorior Belli sit down and waste his time answering our profile. It’s humorous, real, critical and just a bit sadistic. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 18 – 24, 2016

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Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link. Continue reading