Initial Descent: January 22 – 28, 2023

Conjureth

Just as is always the case and as I predicted here a few weeks back: all the resolution type gym goers are starting to whittle down to pre-January numbers. The cycle is unbroken. Now, I’m not judging…just situational awareness and circling back on my prediction is all. Let’s do the thing you all came for and that’s this week’s new release list. Bay Area deathdealers Conjureth offer up their sophomore effort of classic leaning, but oh so deadly death metal, Seven Doors which is a one man horror obsessed death machine is up next with an album loaded to the cerebral cortex with both of those things, black metal gets a swift kick in the pants from Ashen Horde, and Cancervo serve up some damn tasty doom with a side of fuzz. But, there’s a smorgasbord of albums in the list below that are worth seeking out so use that copy / paste feature and happy hunting. See you here throughout the week.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 257 (11.12.2022)

We’re coming into the end times…the end of the year times where most of the year’s albums have either been released (or we’re at least gotten the promos to digest), so here at 9C headquarters we’ve been sifting through what we loved, what we didn’t, and what we missed and need to consider before building our respective lists. For me that was Haunter, so we’re kicking off the 257th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with a 13-minute track because hey…maybe you missed it, too.

After that it’s a blackened ol’ time with the likes of Stormruler and Morbikon before heading off into the cobwebbed corners of the metalverse with new -(16)-, The Death Wheelers, Ashen Horde, Liturgy, KEN mode, Dream Unending, the mighty return of Ahab, something called Bizarrerkult (thanks Anton), Die Sünde and Castle Rat, as well as some ripping Tomb Mold demos and a stone cold classic from Judas Priest to close things out. Plus some more surprises I was too lazy to write out in this post.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

Album Review: Ashen Horde – “Tintregen” (EP)

Ashen Horde - Tintregen EP

Fantastically furious drumming, delightfully distorted guitars, sinister shrieks and ghastly growls—Ashen Horde exemplify trademarks of both black and death metal without completely conforming to either genre.  This blend gives the band freedom to play with different kinds of sounds to create something unique and enticing.  Ashen Horde’s latest EP, Tintregen, is no exception. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 15 – 21, 2019

Oak
Oak

By the time these albums come out I’ll be high atop a mountain peering through the fog and snow from my comfy spot in front of a fireplace. Needless to say, I can’t wait. And that goes for the mountain spot as well as these new releases. It is a shorter list this week but still packs quite the punch. Let’s do it. 

Members of Gaerea have cross pollinated into the death / doom realm with Oak and are so convincing I think they missed their initial calling, Ashen Horde are on a rampage this year with a cracking, early, full length and now a follow up EP full of the same cracking black and death metal, and Italy’s Daemoniac triumphantly throw their hat in the ring of Swedish death metal (Swedeath if you’re nasty). Now, go and show these bands some love. Continue reading

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – April 27, 2018

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Whether you are a metal fan curious about rational or theistic Satanism, you will learn that the two predominant branches of the Left Hand Path tend to reject nihilism outright. This includes cruelty toward humans and animals. The reasons for such can be complex at turns, but, in brief, are rooted in the understanding that Satanists eschew the social mores other faiths have wrought. Continue reading