Initial Descent: September 8 – 14, 2019

Crypt Sermon
Crypt Sermon

Honestly, I’m still reeling over the 1-2 punch of Vitriol and Mizmor from last week. And probably will be for some time to come. But, there’s a whole load of killer releases this week so my, and your, listening habits will be crowded and our wallets will be empty. ‘What is this sorcery?’ you ask…well, keep reading dear readers.

When a doom leaning heavy metal band comes out with a debut so impressive it makes waves everywhere, it’s hard to assume their follow up will live up to that hype but Crypt Sermon‘s more than lives up, it surpasses and crushes. Nightfell perfectly capture the darkness and turmoil of current times on their wickedly bleak third album, yet another crusher. I’ve seen Haunter‘s new outing called ‘current day old Opeth’ and that’s a fair assessment but misses a ton of the whipping black metal and visionary songwriting so please go and assess for yourself. Last up top but certainly not least is new stuff from death metallers Baest and if you thought they might soften a bit – WRONG. There you have it, four you need and way more of that below so hop to it. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 95 (9.7.2019)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome to another Saturday.  This weekend is a busy one for me, but at least this time it’s because I have a bunch of fun things I’m doing instead of having to trudge in to work.  I’m still taking a second out of my morning to prepare, though, and there’s no better way to do it than with our weekly mixtape playlist.  This week I’m still pretty much just listening to Envy, Charles does me proud by throwing in my favorite Black Sabbath song, and Anton bumps the new Cattle Decapitation single.  Strap yourselves in folks, because this is a good one.

– Vincent