Album Review: Nekus — “Death Nova Upon the Barren Harvest”

Come drudge through the mucky waters of the death doom cave with Nekus and their debut record Death Nova Upon the Barren Harvest.  Hailing from Germany, Nekus is a talented trio of faceless, nameless beings, proving their expertise in the hybrid genre and making it their own.  This four-track, 28-minute-long “mini album” is the perfect introduction to this new band and their unique, gritty, and haunting approach to metal. Continue reading

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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