Initial Descent: January 1 – 7, 2023

Happy New Year one and all. We made it through another year and now it’s time for fresh starts and as I mentioned last week, time for all those resolutions no one will keep for longer than a handful of weeks. But hey, no judging right? Rhetorical, of course. Anyway, we’ve got one more week of an abbreviated new release list in store. Fear not though, starting next week the lists elongate quite a bit. Wait, are we talking about lists or… I digress. First up we’ve got a career spanning re-recorded and re-arranged effort from Confined and it most certainly will get the death metal blood flowing, then we’ve got an all-in-but-the-kitchen-sink outing from Born A Ghost that many will find something to love in its extremities. And, of course, there’s a handful more awaiting just below these so happy hunting. We’ll see you here throughout the week for more EOY 2022 festivities.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 260 (12.3.2022)

Look, you know me and my old-school love by now. Would anything other than the new Metallica going to kick off this, the 260th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist? “Lux Æterna” sounds like a band enjoying themselves, playing a lost cover from the past as part of their Garage Days series and I for one am here for it. Plus hot off the presses another killer track from the forthcoming Katatonia? 2023 can’t get here fast enough.

Elsewhere the 9C gang brought it home with some truly neck-breaking metal, including Meristem, Confined and Ultimatum from Josh as well as Panopticon, Pianos Become the Teeth, Pyrithe and – breaking the “P” streak – City of Caterpillar from Vincent. New Guy™ Colin brings the heavy with Moribund Dawn, Anaal Nathrakh, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard in firm metal mode, while Slightly Older New Guy™ Dan hits us with Heads for the Dead, Boris, Chrome, and Black Dresses. Angela invites you to get dark with Gavran, Chelsea Wolfe and The New Values while in a twist, Anton brings up the rear guard with a pair of killers: Turbid North and Ketha.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.