I’m not sure where you all are, but here in New York it finally feels like Autumn…right on the porch knocking at the door of All Hallow’s Eve. It’s the time of frights, of golds and browns and dark and whispers. So I can’t think of a better way to kick off the two hundred and third Nine Circles playlist than with a little Samhain to get you all in the mood. And since more than a few of the staff are completely head over heels for the new Mastodon, we threw a doozy of a late track in here for you, too.
Elsewhere we got you covered no matter your tastes: Josh comes in hot with some classic Fastway and one of my favorites for the year, Green Lung. Zyklonius is gushing over the new tech metal from Allegaeon, while Vincent throws some delicious curveballs with toe and his beloved Mountain Goats. We’re not quite back to the extreme, as our Northern Brother Jon dips into his first tastes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, but tempers it with some mewithoutyou. The Man with the Mic himself Buke goes old and new school with Manowar and Monolord, while Ian goes crazy for Archspire and Angela digs into the new Ghost Bath and closes us out with a bonafide classic from Siouxsie and the Banshees. And that’s only the tip of iceberg of what’s in store, so buckle up, grab your mask, and hit play below. We’ll see you next week.
It’s Saturday afternoon here on the east coast and before too long it’ll be an actual weekend for me. Hope the same for you. And, to go along with that, we’ve got another playlist tailor made for weekend vibes; I’ve got new stuff from Timo Ellis and Portal of Pazuzu, Chris has some King Gizzard and Transylvania Stud, Vince brings The Ruins of Beverast, Ian drops Astronoid and Loathe, and Angela showcases YOB and Ahab. Stacked playlist to be sure, but there’s way more included so jump in and enjoy….
Blackened doom duo Body Void have signed on with Prosthetic Records and are releasing their debut through that label on April 23rd, titled Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth. Here’s the pre-order link, and a new track titled “Wound” is streaming over at Metal Injection.
A couple videos today, and I’m in a sludge mood, so here’s something new I found in the inbox that I’ve been vibing with. This is the latest clip from Aulnes, a collective based out of Quebec, for “Vivre dans l’abandon”. That’s the title-track from last year’s release, which can be scooped up here.
And we’ll close with the new video from Brand of Sacrifice for “Altered Eyes”. That’s a new single taken from Lifeblood, which is set for a March 5th release through Blood Blast Distribution.
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Body Void & Keeper’s Split and Mikkeller Brewing Company’s Raspberry Blush.
So, with this being our third Embracing the Descent you should be up to speed but as a reminder: we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason. We say handful since going all in for 40 – 60 albums just ain’t happening. Now that you’re back up to speed, again, let’s jump into a few from this week and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. And by all means, leave us a comment if you have thoughts on this particular piece. Continue reading →