Initial Descent: September 9 – 15, 2018

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What album grabbed you last week? And I mean, really grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go? One, several, all? Well, just as you thought it was safe to keep listening to that or those, here we have a whole new list of metal to sink your teeth into. It’s what we do, you’re welcome. Enough small talk, there’s much to get to. What, you ask? Keep reading…

If you ride with #ArchgoatArmy – and you should – you’re in for a treat since they’re back with The Luciferian Crown which turns over more of their hypnotic groove but never lays off the twisted black / death we’ve come to know and love. Deicide’s Satan loving might be a tad blasé but with Overtures of Blasphemy they prove that after nearly thirty years they can still make some damn good death metal. Switching gears a bit with black metal and violins (yes, you read that right) is Alma from Windfaerer and on this, their third full length, the folk aspect and black metal are a perfect marriage. One more switch up before I officially unleash you on the rest of the list: Mankind Woman from Brant Bjork is some damn sweet desert rock that recalls the early days of the genre he helped to build but combines all his talents under one roof and the album is phenomenal because of it.

NOW you are officially unleashed. Enjoy. Continue reading

Josh Thieler’s Favorite Releases of 2017

9C 2017 EOY Header Image

Its been a long time since I posted anything for Nine Circles. Of all the things 2017 has been for me, it has definitely been the busiest I’ve ever been. I joined more bands, recorded drums / vocals for other bands, art for my bands and other bands, PR for my bands and others, started a record label, and a bunch of other stuff. I miss being more active with Nine Circles but it looks like the current staff has been crushing it!

Anyway, the time has come for year end list. I love reading everyone’s lists and seeing what albums I might have missed or maybe need to check out again. I hope you find some new music in here you will enjoy. Continue reading

Album Review: Blut Aus Nord – “Deus Salutis Meæ”

Blut Aus Nord - Deus Salutis Meæ

Upon the arrival of each new Blut Aus Nord album there’s a moment of questioning.  What are we getting this time?  Is it the industrial tinges fueled the maelstrom of The Work Which Transforms God?  The progressive leanings of the band’s 777 trilogy of albums?  Or the lean and mean traditional blasts of the Memoria Tretusta series?  Unsurprisingly, the answer is something different, and the results in new album Deus Salutis Meæ are a bit of a mixed bag.    Continue reading

Album Review: Throane – “Plus une main à mordre”

Throane Plus Une Main À Mordre

French black metal act Throane‘s debut album Derrière-nous, la lumière was one of the most criminally underrated releases of last year.  Its swirling eddies of morose guitar and aching vocals entranced me from the first listen, and I was surprised and a little sad to see that it didn’t seem to make many other year end lists except for my own.  Thankfully, the project is releasing a new full-length, Plus une main à mordreand it already stands to up the ante considerably.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Vassafor and Back in Black IPA

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Vassafor’s Malediction and 21st Amendment Brewing’s Back in Black IPA.   Continue reading