The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 68 (02.23.2019)

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What’s happening friends.  Currently I am attempting to recover from the Los Angeles leg of the Decibel Magazine tour, a night of gargantuan death metal performances from acts both new and well-established.  Blood Incantation ripped through the entire 20 minutes of their “Vitrification of Blood pts. 1 and 2” and, if my ears did not deceive me, closed their set with a brand new song, proving beyond doubt why they are my favorite death metal band going right now.  Necrot got the circle pits going and put on a hell of a show, including beseeching the crowd to help them summon ‘the motherfuckin’ devil.’  Morbid Angel are nothing short of the godfathers of death metal, and one of my favorite acts in the genre, so to finally be able to see them was a real treat for me.  Finally Cannibal Corpse closed out the night in fine form, with replacement guitarist Erik Rutan shredding in fine form.  Quality evening with a quality soundtrack, but I’m dead on my feet today.  So here’s hoping our little mix tape provides the kind of quality soundtrack to whatever evening you’ll be having.

– Vincent

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – November 2, 2018

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While the midterm elections and Dia Del Los Muertos are sure to give many opportunities for infernal sightings, the most thrilling of all this week on the black metal and death metal front may be in Berlin.

(The teenagers who allegedly planned to sacrifice classmates to Satan and drink their blood may be close, though.)

Nuclear War Now and Iron Bonehead are partnered up for the Never Surrender Festival, which began yesterday in Germany. The slate of bands is an impressive one: Temple Desecration, Faustcoven, Sabbat, Evil, Grave Upheaval, Blasphemy and Xibalba are just a few of the performers featured.

If you are reading this, chances are you missed your flight to Berlin and won’t be there. Never fear, because college radio station KFJC has got you covered with both a video and an audio feed of the festival. Watch the video stream here or if you prefer to just listen, the audio stream is here.

Because of time differences, those in North America will have virtually a full day of death metal and black metal concerts today and Saturday.

– EA

Receiving the Evcharist: Fallen Angel of Doom and Total Domination IPA

Receiving the Evcharist

Welcome to 2017 dear readers. Hopefully you have sufficiently recovered from any extensive celebrating that may have occurred on New Year’s Eve. For this first column of the new year, I thought that we would kick things off with a couple of my old standbys as a sort of palate cleanser for all the new things to come. The Metal: Blasphemy’s Fallen Angel of Doom. The Booze: Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Total Domination IPA. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov… Re-Issues (the 2015 Edition)

2015 saw plenty of reissues. Nearly fifty by my count. And, because most websites are dying for new content and clicks, many of those albums went unnoticed. We covered a few but, much like the fate of other sites,we weren’t able to adequately cover them all. In some cases, the reissues were merely previously self-released albums getting a look on an actual label. At other times, historic albums were getting remastered and re-issued giving fans a chance to get to know their favorite works better. So today we take a look at the Nine best reissues from 2015. None of these albums made my year end list so it’s going to be a nice way to give some recognition to labels and PR folks who work their tails off trying to remind people these albums are fantastic. And, yes, these will be ranked. Continue reading

Album Review(s): Reissues from Blasphemy, Ysengrin, Insulter and Black Feast

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Yesterday, Nuclear War Now! Productions reissued four albums, the majority of them combining demos, EPs and/or early LPs to create compilations or discographies of sorts. (The exception is Blasphemy‘s Fallen Angel of Doom…, which is just a straight-up reissue.) It’s not often that reissues and compilations get any attention here at Nine Circles, but these four bad boys in particular definitely deserve a look and a listen. Continue reading