Initial Descent: September 25 – October 1, 2022

Autopsy

It’s time once again to put your money where your mouth ears are and inject what metal that money bought straight into your veins. AKA: new release list time. We’ve got another ridiculously bloated list this week that’s equally bloated with quality so no excuses. Seriously, I could’ve easily dropped twenty releases at the top in lieu of just four but that defeats the purpose of selection. What selection, you ask? That’s my secret and get out of my head…anyway, it’s death, death, and more death at the top as we get stellar new stuff from Autopsy, Acephalix, Internal Organs External, and Stormland. And, as mentioned, TONS below these just waiting on your hard earned cash and your bloody ear holes. Over the top? Nah, it’ll be October this week and I’m already in the mood, so deal with it. Seek, destroy, and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 250 (9.24.2022)

Well whaddaya know? We made it to 250. This is the 250th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist and since it’s our party we’ll invite who want to, you know?

So you’re gonna hear stuff like the new Venom, Inc. which is killing anything Cronos might be doing (although thanks for releasing the In Nominee Satanas set on CD) and Gaerea who just released a killer new record, as did the noise kings KEN mode. But that’s not all! How about some vicious preview tracks from the likes of Autopsy and Scars of the Flesh? Or maybe you’re feeling like it’s an indie weekend? We got you some older tunes by Pianos Becomes the Teeth and Catherine Wheel to soundtrack your vibe. Lest you turn away there’s still plenty of heavy to be had with music from Ashen, Aenaon, Ultar, and a bevy of classic metal tracks to close things out from the likes of DBC, Sodom, Morbid Angel and Vader.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Lykotonon, Autopsy, City of Caterpillar, and More

Tapering is my favorite part of training.

  • Tchornobog and Abyssal are releasing a split on November 25th through Lupus Lounge. Excepts of both tracks can be heard in this teaser, and pre-order details can be found here.
  • We’ve got new Autopsy coming at the end of the month, and today they unveiled a video for “Knife Slice Axe Chop” to get us ready. The official release date of Morbidity Triumphant is September 30th, and that will be available through Peaceville.
  • City of Caterpillar are releasing their first album in 20 years, Mystic Sisters, on September 30th through Relapse Records, and today they shared a studio video for “Paranormaladies”. Additionally, be sure to catch them on the road this coming November.
  • We’re going to close with a highlight from FITM. Lykotonon, the dark industrial project featuring members of Stormkeep, Blood Incantation, and Wayfarer, are releasing their debut full-length on November 25th. Promethean Pathology will be available through Profound Lore, and “That Which Stares In Kind” can be heard below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Wolfheart, Autopsy, Behemoth, and More


I’m running behind tonight, so let’s see how efficient we can be.

  • Leading off with something gnarly, we have the latest from Autopsy. The lyric video for “Skin By Skin” is available here, taken from their upcoming new album, Morbidity Triumphant. That’ll be out on September 30th through Peaceville.
  • More Behemoth emerged today, yet another new video we’ll include here. Check out the video for “Thy Becoming Eternal”. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I suppose I will tomorrow. Opvs Contra Natvram is out on September 16th through Nuclear Blast.
  • From there, we have “Soul Furnace” from Black Lava, the title-track from their upcoming new album. That debut full-length effort from the blackened death metal crew will be out on November 25th through Season of Mist.
  • There’s some cool stuff coming out of Napalm Records these days, so we’ll wrap up with another new track and video from that label. Wolfheart is releasing King of the North on September 16th, and the second single, titled “The King”, is available below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 225 (4.02.2022)

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We’re back, and it feels like Spring is really starting to take a hold. I’ve been re-organizing my vinyl collection the past few days, figuring out just where the hell everything is going to fit and how I’m going to explain to my wife why I need to take over another room before the next stack arrives. First world problems to be sure, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use it to kick off the 225th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, you know?

We’re gonna kick things off with some of the surprises I’ve discovered the last week, starting with new music from Michael Romeo, who brings the heavy prog I crave from Symphony X on his new solo joint. Anton ups the tech factor with some ripping new Inanimate Existence and follows it up with Luminous Vault and Lustmord collaborating with The Ocean. Josh digs into the dank earth of death metal to give light to Analepsy, Visceral Explosion, and Flesh Configuration before shaking things up a bit with Downcross and Real Steel. Vincent goes wide as usual with the newest single from Devil Master, Tzompantli, Falls of Rauros and deep cut from the Pieces of April soundtrack by Stephin Merrit. Hera returns to the playlist and brings Ibaraki, Ghost, Terzij de Horde, Playgrounded, Sadist, and something I’m assuming is called You May Kiss the Bride? I don’t know..it’s heavy though! Next up is Angela bringing some long awaited new music from Meshuggah as well as Frayle, Amenra, and Bhleg. Once again bringing up rear guard is Buke, and he’s chock full of great stuff, from the new Haunt single to some real old classic Opeth, Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse, Autopsy, and finally some truly classic prog in the way of the might Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris