Initial Descent: September 23 – 29, 2018

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Blasting into this week with a movie that if you’re a horror fan, is an absolute must: Mandy. You may have heard the hubbub over this thing but I’m here to tell you said hubbub is on point. I won’t spoil it but Nicolas Cage is a beast and there’s a nod to Celtic Frost. Grab it on your favorite VOD platform and get ready to come unhinged. Now, for what you came for: new metal and there’s a heaping platter of it this week so let’s jump in the fire…

Opening this week’s festivities is an album that dropped late last week but I’m including it here because it blew me away with its ferocious nod to the kings of heavy metal but one that we, as heavy metal fans, desperately need to remind us that staying grounded to our roots is extremely important so go immediately and grab a copy of Hexripper’s Demo 2018 – I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with five songs or the last time I felt such a joyous rush of nostalgia. Next up is Bonehunter with their third full length Children of the Atom and if speed metal laced with black and punk interests you then this is a no-brainer – kick the tires and light the fires folks, the band certainly did here. Ambient black metallers From the Bogs of Aughiska grace us with quite possibly their best, darkest and harshest effort yet with Mineral Bearing Veins which still has my jaw planted firmly on the floor, just sayin’. Closing out these top four with a bang is Valdrin who return with their second full length of occult mythology by way of blackened death metal, Two Carrion Talismans.

So, there’s a peek but this list is longer than we’ve had in recent weeks and all we got is time – I mean, what else are you going to do on a Monday that’s better than this?! Get in there and click those links. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 43 (6.4.2018)

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It feels like I went to sleep and the weekend is gone. Such is life. Anyway, tons of good stuff came out last week but then again there’s tons of good stuff out there period. Which brings us to today’s playlist of new, old and eclectic tunes to help get Monday underway. Along with a huge cup of coffee and this collection of tracks we’ll be busy for awhile and hope it helps you as well, even if by a little. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel here and we’ll be seeing you around the horn throughout the week.

Initial Descent: July 30 – August 5, 2017

Bonehunter
Bonehunter

By the time this goes to print I’ll be on the way to a city I’ve never visited before to meet a good friend of mine to see a show full of bands that have been on my bucket list for years (more details on this to follow). Needless to say, I’m excited for all of it and in a great, party-time kind of mood. So, what better way to kick off Initial Descent than with the ass kicking metal/punk/thrash/crust offering, Sexual Panic Human Machinefrom Finland’s Bonehunter — will be in my ears for the next several hours for sure. Next up is the deadly serious avantgarde black metal from MRTVI on Negative Atonal Dissonance (aptly titled). Third to bat is Gravesite with their second full length of old school and horror inspired death metal, Neverending Trail of Skulls. Last of the top spots but certainly not least is Paganizer with their tenth full length, Land of Weeping Souls — ten albums is a long time but these guys are more ferocious than they’ve ever been. As always though, this is just a taste of what lies ahead so cuddle up to your keyboard, duct tape those headphones to your ears and stay with us for a while.

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Album Review: Bonehunter – “Sexual Panic Human Machine”

Bonehunter - Sexual Panic Human Machine

Albums like Bonehunter‘s second full length, Sexual Panic Human Machine, stand to remind us all that amidst the cvltness and overall frontin’ that we have to endure across all platforms in life, metal can be wicked, wicked fun. Yea, I said it — fun. When you need that soundtrack to general stupidness or just something to help keep a saddened state at bay this kind of metalpunk/thrash is the perfect fit. Even if the album art is a bit…out there, I mean aliens hysterical over a bear dude’s schlong. But, it fits with the overall no f’s given attitude so why not?!  Continue reading

Album Review: Bonehunter – “Evil Triumphs Again”

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Was there ever any question that evil wouldn’t come out on top? If there was, then Bonehunter has put that to bed with their debut full-length, Evil Triumphs Again. The Finnish blasphemers play a hybrid of thrash, heavy metal and punk but are at their best when the punk side’s on full display. This LP is most properly categorized by their own song title, “Devil Metal Punks.” It’s a super fun listen that’ll surely keep you cracking open full calorie beer after full calorie beer. Continue reading