Initial Descent: June 2 – 8, 2019

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As I was expecting, Darkthrone’s Old Star does not disappoint so make sure you check it out while perusing what this week has to offer. Speaking of, there’s plenty so let’s get after it.

Cave In literally had the wind knocked out of them with the loss of bassist Caleb Scofield in early 2018 and with even a cursory listen to Final Transmission, last works with Caleb, you can feel it in every note and especially the tear jerking opener which is 100% him – not gonna lie here, it’s a tough album to get through for any fan but ohh so worth it to experience and immerse yourself in this phenomenal album. Next up, with a little extra time on their hands post Caustic recordings, Primitive Man went back in the studio and punched out Steel Casket which draws on their recent forays into noise, ambient, and drone but make no mistake; this IS a Primitive Man release and it destroys. Moving along is the debut, Steeping Corporeal Mass from Fetid, a band that picked the right name based on their nasty, corpsecrushing sound – dirty old death metal done right. Last up top is debut, Flub, from the somewhat star-studded Flub who offer up a dizzying, technical, and avantgarde approach to death metal that has something new around every corner and layers that take double digit spins to peel back. Need different? Right here.

Alright then, jump in and see what other treasures await. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 34 (3.26.2018)

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I’ve been floored by the staggering amount of releases coming at us each week. Maybe it was this way last year and my memory sucks but it seems there’s no let up in the climbing quantity of new metal. No complaints from me at all though, the more the merrier I say. Long story short, if you haven’t found at least a handful of albums to latch onto, you’re not looking hard enough. Anyway, we had a good week around the Nine Circles table and collectively we listened to a ton of music which we are sharing with you below. As per usual for a Monday morning, grab the biggest cup of coffee you can find and hit the play button on our playlist. And, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Here’s to a good week for you all, we’ll be seeing you throughout the week. Continue reading

Album Review: Nomad Stones – “Nomad Stones”

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The Cave In family tree is a wondrous and many-splendored thing. These four men from Massachusetts have done enough for modern heavy music even if they had given us Cave In and Cave In alone. But due to the overflow of their talents and time, they’ve also blessed us with several off-shoots that, for the adventurous willing, are a blast to listen to in their own right: Clouds, Kid Kilowatt, King Duane Sunnapee, Mutoid Man, New Idea Society, The Octave Museum, Pet Genius, Zozobra, and Stephen Brodsky’s solo work (as well as broader connections to Converge, Doomriders, and Old Man Gloom). As a long-time fan, one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about all of these projects is the ability to break the Cave In kaleidoscope down into its various parts and see what fires the engines of each of the guys individually. Continue reading