The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 39 (4.30.2018)

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Death, black, sludge, grind, doom, powerviolence, post, punk, hardcore, d-beat, noise — it’s all extreme and it’s all metal, in one form or another. I’ve never gotten the hullabaloo over who’s more kvlt or extreme or METAL. And honestly I don’t care if it hits that particular itch for me. Bottom line, don’t close yourself off narrow-mindedly —  experiment and let yourself go a bit, if not you will miss some really amazing stuff. Anyway, we’ve got another loaded playlist for you to kick off a new week with. Head over to our YouTube channel and subscribe then click that play button immediately below to get your fill of what we were listening to last week. Coffee cheers and we’ll be seeing you, here, throughout the week. Continue reading

Album Review: Crowhurst – “II”

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Los Angeles based experimental black metal act Crowhurst are back with a vengeance on their new album II. Fans of last years self-titled album or even the act’s older works will have much to rejoice about. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 15, 2016

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Halfway through July, and we’ve got another busy week of new metal releases for you cretins. For starters, Norwegian deathsters Blood Red Throne return with Union of Flesh and Machine, their seventh album in the last 13 years. (Can’t fault a band for being steady!) We’ve also got Stranger to Violence from Psalm Zero — the Queens outfit’s final release with recently-dismissed guitarist Andrew Hock.

Beyond that, North Carolina’s MAKE return with Pilgrimage of Loathing less than a year removed from their previous album, The Golden Veil. Plus, new stuff from CaïnaEcferus and more. So let’s dive in and take a listen. Here’s what’s we’ve got this week:
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Album Review: Caïna – “Setter of Unseen Snares”

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Having recently gotten around to watching True Detective, (I know, long overdue) I was able to place the quote from Rust Cohle that opens the “Introduction” track to Caïna‘s newest release and sixth studio album, Setter of Unseen Snares. This was particularly fortunate, as the chosen quote has layered undertones and themes that anyone else who’s seen the show will surely shudder to think about. Caïna knows how to set a mood, and it’s not uncommon for their records to start off with well-placed, well-thought-out samples like this one.

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Just the Tip: January 20’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week:

January 20, 2015

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor (Hell, etc. / Cooking Vinyl)

Obscure Infinity – Perpetual Descending Into Nothingness (F.D.A. Rekotz)

We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 36!

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Caina – Setter of Unseen Snares (Broken Limbs)
  • Angra – Secret Garden (earMUSIC)
  • Marduk – Frontschwein (Century Media)
  • Stormwitch – Season of the Witch (Massacre)
  • Lycanthia / Atten Ash – Lycanthia/Atten Ash split (Hypnotic Dirge)

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.