Initial Descent: May 13 – 19, 2018

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I won’t bore you to death with whatever sentiment I had on my mind because this is a week of new releases that deserves your full attention. Much. Good. Stuff. Leading things off are two legendary bands that combined, not counting a few bumps in the road, have 56 years of experience between them. The first of which, Amorphis, return with their melodically inclined heavy metal on Queen of Time and in my hours upon hours of listening to it since yesterday I firmly believe this is some of their best work. Yea, tall order I know, just give it a spin. Second up is At the Gates on To Drink From the Night Itself which took a little more time to really get into but the second half of this thing is a full on blast of epic proportions and “In Death They Shall Burn” is one of the best songs they’ve done in ages. Two great albums from two great legends BUT there’s more — The King Is Blind dropped an out of nowhere demo on us, The Ides of March, and their brand of grind/death/doom just gets better and more extreme as they age. (Guys, put a purchase option on the bandcamp page, PLEASE). Last up in the top slots is Seattle’s The Dark Red Seed with their debut full length Becomes Awake, dark folk hits me square in the right spot and this album has done that in spades. Killer opening with these four but there’s many more that are just as good waiting below. Enjoy and we’ll see you on the flip-side. Continue reading

Album Review: At The Gates – “To Drink From the Night Itself”

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The legacy and influence of At The Gates approaches almost mythological status.  The impact of Slaughter of the Soul on the metal landscape, coupled with the band’s breakup soon after left a massive footprint dozens of bands were eager to fill.  Whether you blame or cheer ATG for the foundation and onslaught of melodic death metal (or NWOSDM or the Gothenburg sound or whatever you choose to call it) that followed in its wake, you can’t deny the spark that ignited it.  Now with the release of their second post-reunion album To Drink From the Night Itself it’s up to us to determine if they’re carrying the legacy forward or merely riding the wave they first created.   Continue reading

CANTO: At The Gates, Otep, Obscura, and More

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And all of a sudden it’s summer.

  • Otep is up to things. Details have emerged about a new album titled Kult-45 that will be out on July 27th. Upcoming summer tour as well.
  • Obscura teaser! I almost forgot about these guys. Looks like we get a new song in its entirety next Tuesday… in line with new album preorders. Woot.
  • I don’t really have anything else so here’s Kerry King on The Jim Jeffries Show talking about stuff. The clip is like 5 minutes in-ish, and lasts about 5 seconds.
  • Hey, a new At The Gates video. This one is for “Daggers Of Black Haze”. Casual reminder that To Drink From The Night Itself drops May 18th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 31 (3.5.2018)

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Full disclosure here: as good a weather as we had this weekend and as much time as I spent out in it, I do not want today to be Monday. But, time marches on and so does the laborious task of a new week. Anyway, we’ve got a fresh batch of tunes for you to digest and pair with whatever coffee you have flowing this morning. As usual, the tastes are all over the place but that’s what makes these enjoyable. And honestly, who can’t use a little joy on a Monday?! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here so you don’t miss a thing and stay tuned later today for a giveaway from a band we’re excited about. Head inside. Listen. Guzzle coffee. Headbang at your desk. You’re welcome. Continue reading

CANTO: At The Gates, Metallica, the End of YAITW, and More

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2/26/2018. I took, like, a week of. For no reason in particular.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb