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

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 48 (7.21.2018)

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The past three weeks, since our last Playlist, has seen a treasure trove of excellent music. It really hasn’t mattered where your preferences lie in the metal spectrum, there’s been something for every taste imaginable. And in these past three weeks we’ve featured some of it, discussed our album of the month for June, highlighted an album that turned 18, featured excellent artists via our Profile piece and talked about much more amongst ourselves, as we do on a daily basis. So, make sure to go back and check it all out for yourself. Anyway, it’s Saturday and we’ve got another playlist full of some of those things just mentioned and some of the things we just haven’t been able to get enough of. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here, if that’s your thing, and be sure to leave your recent favorites in the comments section or hit us up on the socials. Have a great weekend!

CANTO: Daughters, Tombs, Maryland Deathfest and more!

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Four out of five on the Canto posts. Oh well, I guess Corey’s eating a shoe. Anyway, here’s some news to close out your week:

  • Leading off, it’s new-release Friday! A whole bunch of great bands dropped new stuff today, including Imperial Triumphant, Deafheaven, Obscura and more. Check out Josh’s full list in this week’s Initial Descent post here.
  • Providence, RI vets Daughters released “Satan in the Wait,” their first song in more than eight years. The band also announced they’d signed with Ipecac Recordings, with plans to release an album sometime later this year.
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CANTO: Ralph Santolla, Fire In The Mountains, Trivium, and More

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Three-peat.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Donuts & CANTO: Full of Hell, Alestorm, Deicide and more

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Full of Hell

March 13, 2017

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

  • As is customary, a whole bunch of bands dropped new albums this past Friday, including Lock UpFen and more. Our man Josh has a full breakdown here.
  • We’ve still got a couple of months until the new Full of Hell album comes out, but in case you need that “just got fed through a lawnmower” feeling in your life a little sooner than that, here’s their new song, “Deluminate.”
  • Scottish pirate metal crew Alestorm announced their fifth albumNo Grave But the Sea, due out May 26 on Napalm Records. I don’t see a Taio Cruz cover this time out, but there is a song called “Fucked with an Anchor,” so…
  • Deicide announced a short run of tour dates through the eastern U.S. for mid-May. You know, just in case people still care about Deicide.
  • A whole bunch of cool bands were added to this year’s Brutal Assault festival lineup, including The Dillinger Escape PlanOverkillPower Trip and Oathbreaker. That is neat. Hatebreed was also added to the lineup. That is less neat.
  • Southern Lord Records released their Spring 2017 sampler on Bandcamp, with all proceeds from the pay-what-you-want download going to the ACLU. You should get on that.
  • Finally, Me and That Man posted a video for their new song, “Cross My Heart and Hope to Die.” I can personally guarantee our Literati Overlord has already splooged about 10x to this. Here’s the video:

Me and That Man’s debut album, Songs of Love and Death, comes out March 24 on Cooking Vinyl Records. That’ll do it for now, but check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan