The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Imperial Triumphant was July 2022’s Album of the Month!

Once again it’s Album of the Month time and for July it was a pretty unanimous pick with Spirit of Ecstasy from Imperial Triumphant. The usual gang of suspects are present for the discussion as well as MC Supreme Buke. Much is made of just how insanely good this album is and the band’s penchant for being over the top in the best way possible. Elsewhere the gang spends a good portion of the runtime gushing over everything else they listened to since they last got together and since we had a technical glitch (absolute obliteration) with our June episode, some time was spent looking back on that as well.

In other words, just another episode of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Initial Descent: August 7 – 13, 2022

The Halo Effect

Shorter new metal list than usual this week. I guess everyone decided to take a quick breather? No idea really, but we’ve still got some quality gems to uncover from The Halo Effect, Boris, Grotesqueries, Arch Enemy, and a handful of others. In other words, the list may be short but it has girth. As always, happy hunting and if your band or label wants to be included in an upcoming edition of this here post, hit us up at the email found on our about page and include the pertinent information. I know that sounds elementary, but you’d be surprised. Enjoy and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: July 24 – 30, 2022


We’ve featured some best of mid year picks recently and thinking about those along with my own running list I keep throughout each year, it is absurd how much really good metal we’ve been handed thus far in 2022. I mean, ABSURD… in a good way of course. And, the last half is looking pretty damn good as well. So, there’s that. Speaking of good stuff, this week’s list of new releases offer up more of that from Krisiun, Triumvir Foul, Chat Pile, and Grima. As usual though, there’s a loaded list that follows these four that are certainly worth exploring. Go do that and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: July 17 – 23, 2022

Imperial Triumphant

A little lighter mood this week, seven days can make a bit of difference. Sometimes I feel like that famous Hulk line in Avengers: “That’s my secret, I’m always angry.” This is probably why the Hulk has been my dude since I was a kid, funny how it took this long to put that together. Anyway, you came for new metal and new metal is what we do here on Initial Descent, in case you missed it. This week really gets the blood flowing with extreme in all shapes and sizes from Imperial Triumphant, WAKE, Witchery, Karl Sanders, and many more in the list that follows. Tons to dig into so happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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Ignite’s Brett Rasmussen on their self titled album, what makes a good bassist, and much more!

Ignite have had a long journey since their formation in 1993 and a journey that’s seen them work harder and harder with every release. On their recently released full length, Ignite, they’ve knocked it out of the park in the punk / melodic hardcore scene and are ushering in a whole new era of fans. Surrounding this album’s release, Buke sat down with bassist Brett Rasmussen to discuss the new album and what makes a good bassist, how his parents music collection influenced him, bringing in new vocalist Eli and his transition from metal to punk, his love of Joy Division, filming shows with cell phones and not actually experiencing it, and so much more. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety so grab your drink of choice, a chair, and enjoy. 

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