Initial Descent: September 8 – 14, 2019

Crypt Sermon
Crypt Sermon

Honestly, I’m still reeling over the 1-2 punch of Vitriol and Mizmor from last week. And probably will be for some time to come. But, there’s a whole load of killer releases this week so my, and your, listening habits will be crowded and our wallets will be empty. ‘What is this sorcery?’ you ask…well, keep reading dear readers.

When a doom leaning heavy metal band comes out with a debut so impressive it makes waves everywhere, it’s hard to assume their follow up will live up to that hype but Crypt Sermon‘s more than lives up, it surpasses and crushes. Nightfell perfectly capture the darkness and turmoil of current times on their wickedly bleak third album, yet another crusher. I’ve seen Haunter‘s new outing called ‘current day old Opeth’ and that’s a fair assessment but misses a ton of the whipping black metal and visionary songwriting so please go and assess for yourself. Last up top but certainly not least is new stuff from death metallers Baest and if you thought they might soften a bit – WRONG. There you have it, four you need and way more of that below so hop to it. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 90 (8.3.2019)

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Everything is a madhouse right now.  Which is maybe part of the reason I straight up forgot to write up this post last week.  Thanks to Josh for covering me.  But I’m back, and ready to share more of the good stuff we’ve been listening to on another glorious Saturday morning.  We’ve got new tunes from Hope Drone, Coffins, White Ward, The Great Old Ones, Russian Circles, as well as a smattering of some of the best songs from other releases from this year and beyond.  There’s even a few electro-pop songs thrown in there by a certain band that I personally feel got a raw treatment from the 2edgy4u hardcore crowd this week.  Just my opinion though.

There’s plenty in here for every taste, so grab a seat and your headphones and let’s get down to business.

– Vincent

CANTO: Rammstein, Cult of Luna, 1349, and More

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All kine of dings today.

  • 1349 have unveiled album details and a new single today. The Infernal Pathway will be out on October 18th via Season of Mist and “Enter Cold Void Dreaming” can be heard right now.
  • Crypt Sermon fans, if you’re in the NYC area, be sure to check out the album release show for The Ruins of Fading Light. The album is tremendous, which is why I’m mentioning this. It’s October 4th and Visigoth, Magic Circle, and Sanhedrin will also be there. Wow.
  • In case you need to be reminded that Rammstein is all that is, all that was, and all that ever will be… in defiance of the absurd anti-LGBTQ laws in Russia, guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe shared a kiss on stage during their recent show in Moscow.
  • Oh how excited I was to see this Cult of Luna news sitting in the inbox today. The new album, A Dawn to Fear, will be out on September 20th via Metal Blade. Better yet, we get this video for “The Silent Man” today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: a chat with Steve and Enrique from Crypt Sermon!

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Drummer Enrique Sagarnaga (left) and guitarist Steve Jansson (second from right) join Dan for a chat on the Nine Circles Audio Thing!

It’s been a fun couple of years for Crypt Sermon. A well-received (and terrific) debut album, an appearance at last year’s Maryland Deathfest, an absolutely stellar interpretation of Mayhem‘s “De Mysteriis dom Sathanas” as part of Decibel’s flexi series…the Philadelphia epic doomers have certainly covered some ground.

With a new album in the works and a trip to France to play at next weekend’s Hellfest, guitarist Steve Jansson and drummer Enrique Sagarnaga took some time out of their busy schedules to chat with Dan about…well, all manner of things: how they’ve grown into the doom genre, close encounters with Dave Mustaine at the Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in Philly, how that Mayhem cover came about, and more. Check out the full conversation after the jump!  Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Tool, Astronoid, Marduk and more!

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Tool

March 14, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off…break out your wallets and your splooge: Tool announced a 10-date tour through the northeast U.S. and Canada. The tour will begin in May, and that smell you’re sensing is a cauldron of new-album rumors that will be heated to a nice boil between now and then.
  • Speaking of tour dates, Astronoid announced a series of headlining shows in April and May, bookending their upcoming trek supporting Ghost Bath. Tickets are available here. And this just in: we don’t care if you don’t consider them metal. Nobody cares.
  • Marduk guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson has offered his thoughts on the recent cancellation of the band’s show in Oakland over public safety concerns. (Read: because Antifa.) Presenting without comment, because… a. I really don’t care about Marduk, and b. I really, really don’t care what the internet would have to say in response. NEXT!
  • Remember Jesper Strömblad from good In Flames? (Okay, I guess he was still there when they started to become bad In Flames, too.) Welp, he and fellow former-good/bad-In Flames member Peter Iwers have a new project called CyHra (capitalization theirs) that’s begun recording a new album. Color us interested?
  • A little less than three years after supposedly calling it quits, Nachtmystium has, apparently, been booked for Louisville Deathfest. For now, anyway.
  • You guys, I’m beginning to think Paul Ravenwood doesn’t sleep. Noisey is streaming his seventh album as Twilight Fauna (which has only existed for six years) ahead of its release on March 24. What’s more, our own Josh Thieler drums on the record!
  • And finally, Crypt Sermon dropped a doom-laden cover of the title track from Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanasas part of Decibel magazine’s flexi series. They call it “De Mysteriis Doom Sathanas,” and you can (and should) check it out below:

So, I kind of love that. Anyway, that’ll do it for now, but check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan