Josh Thieler’s Favorite Releases of 2017

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Its been a long time since I posted anything for Nine Circles. Of all the things 2017 has been for me, it has definitely been the busiest I’ve ever been. I joined more bands, recorded drums / vocals for other bands, art for my bands and other bands, PR for my bands and others, started a record label, and a bunch of other stuff. I miss being more active with Nine Circles but it looks like the current staff has been crushing it!

Anyway, the time has come for year end list. I love reading everyone’s lists and seeing what albums I might have missed or maybe need to check out again. I hope you find some new music in here you will enjoy. Continue reading

Album Review: Desekryptor – “Chasm of Rot”

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Blood Harvest Records is a reliable label for all things old-school death metal.  This time around, they send waves throughout the underground with Desekryptor’s Chasm of Rot released on tape.  Old-school death metallers rejoice!

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Black/Death Metal Round-Up: Blood Harvest Records

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Brutal denizens of the impending apocalypse, welcome to another Round-Up on Nine Circles!  This time, we feature a label that hardly needs an introduction to seasoned metallers: Blood Harvest Records. We cover five releases in black/death metal here. So without further ado, let’s get started with the first band. Ready, get set, get slaughtered! Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 19, 2016

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It’s Friday! Anyone else a little underwhelmed by this week’s new release lineup? Seriously, I think I’m “whelmed” at best by it. Oh well, at the very least we’ve got a new album from Cirith Gorgor, who I can’t promise I’ll listen to, but whose appearance make me laugh pretty mightily. (See above) So if nothing else, there’s a silver lining for y’all. Anyway, here’s what’s on tap for Friday, February 19:
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Album Review: Istengoat – “Atlas Shrugged”

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As you may have guessed by now, we’ve got an affinity for goat-related things here at Nine Circles. So naturally, when Chile’s Istengoat announced the LP reissue of their 2014 debut full-length, Atlas Shruggedcoverage was imminent. Istengoat plays a brand of dirty-sounding OSDM that leans on the likes of Incantation and Morbid Angel without outright copying them. It’s tough to be totally original in the genre anymore, but the band does a good job of paying tribute to their heroes while forging their own battle ready sound. Continue reading