Initial Descent: May 27 – June 2, 2018

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Hostia

It’s June folks. I’m old enough to know better than be surprised at how fast time slips away but…JUNE. Anyway, new metal is why you stopped by and that we have plenty of. Leading the charge this week is the self-titled debut album from Hostia and I can assure you that grindcore / extreme metal aficionados will find plenty of special sauce in this one. Next up is Ghost with their latest Prequelle and this one is quickly filling that ‘feel good hit of the summer’ vibe — clean singing and big hooks glorifying the dark one has never been this much fun. Wait, fun? Leaving it there, you decide. Moving on is Everything & Nothing, the debut from Raum Kingdom which has a very strong Amenra vibe so if that’s your thing, and why wouldn’t it be, get on it. Closing down this week’s top four is Creatio et Hominus from Burial In the Sky which finds the band in forward thinking death metal mode this time out and to be sure, this is a good thing. As usual, there’s a ton more so keep reading and keep exploring. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 16 (11.6.2017)

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Greetings, all. This morning we are pleased to offer our first playlist of November. It’s hard to believe we are in the final two months of the year, but we are. So you can certainly expect to start seeing some evidence of 2017 album revisits as we gear up for the end of the year. Or maybe I’m just speaking for myself. No matter, it’s a Monday morning following a weekend in which I was annihilated by Bell Witch and Primitive Man, so I’m going to quickly remind you to check out/subscribe to our YouTube channel and then leave you to it… Continue reading

Album Review: Burial in the Sky – “Persistence of Thought”

Burial In the Sky - Persistence of Thought

In a world where multi-adjective sub genres are multiplying like, well…sub genres (“Hey! Check out my new porno-grind-tech-ambient-electro-doom band! It djents!”) you can forgive the alarm bells when you read about a band straddling the line between progressive and technical death metal. Am I getting a quintillion notes at 260 bpm over a drum that sounds like ADHD pencil tapping? Or am I just getting some keyboards? Somewhere between the two lie an ideal, and debut full length Persistence of Thought by Pennsylvania’s Burial in the Sky nails it, exercising restraint and emphasizing melody without sacrificing the ridiculous chops that are par for the course with this music.

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