Best of 2016: Corey’s List

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You don’t hear from me much these days because I decided the internet is more of a hindrance to my life than an enhancement. I also think opinions, including my own, are pointless. Regardless, I still like metal. So here is 2016 metal I really like just in case one or two of you out there were curious. Top nine and then nine honorable mentions because I like being thematically consistent. Continue reading

Nine Circles Ov… July 2016

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July was, again, loaded with one in the chamber. Actually, I hate guns. So scratch that metaphor. Here are some titles that were dropped in June: Grave Desecrator with Dust to Lust, what may be the best Fates Warning LP in their career, an EP from Monolithe, the beyond highly anticipated Inter Arma release, two releases on Gilead Media, both Mizmor and Anicon, Profound Lore ready to release the sophomore album from A.M.S.G. (which is flat-out brilliant), a new album from Ringworm, a greatest hits from Dragonforce, Dan Swano’s project Witherscape releasing a full-length, a new Fistula, an album from Make, two brilliant releases from I, Voidhanger including Summit and Goatcraft as well as a slew of stuff from Hell’s Headbangers, Signal Rex, Horror Pain Gore Death, Iron Bonehead and Nuclear War Now! Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 51

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The guys discuss news of Nails‘ sudden, unforeseen hiatus, then celebrate the incredible success of Iron Maiden‘s Book of Souls world tour. Plus, new albums from Denouncement Pyre and Hammers of Misfortune, and Dan raves about the new Netflix series, Stranger Things.

All that and much, much more in Episode 51, so check it out!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan

Album Review: Denouncement Pyre – “Black Sun Unbound”

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Before exploring the inner workings of Black Sun Unbound, the latest effort from Australian black metal quartet Denouncement Pyre, it’s worth prefacing this review with the acknowledgement that less than two months ago I was not even aware of this band’s existence. It was a brief, yet undoubtedly momentous, performance at Maryland Deathfest under the midday sun that projected them into my periphery. This particular festival has quite the track record of serving as an introduction to previously undiscovered black masters for myself and many of my compatriots (Mgła, Taake, etc). With this third full length effort from Denouncement Pyre, that trend continues. As impressive as their performance was two months ago, this release builds off that successfully. Black Sun Unbound will prove to be one of the premier albums of 2016 across genres. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 22, 2016

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Holy shit, it’s another big week for metal albums. Where do you even begin with this stuff? Okay,well, you know where we’re going to begin with this stuff just by looking at the picture above — with Revocation, of course. The band one of the best logos in metal — which they inexplicably decided to omit from their new, sixth album, Great Is Our Sin. Oh well. What else?

How about a new album from Hammers of Misfortune, which might just have my favorite cover art of the year so far? And how about one from Denouncement Pyre? And one from Profanatica? Hell, even Periphery and Black Crown Initiate drop some new material today. In short, I’ve got a lot of listening to get to — so I’m going to cut this intro off right about meow. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
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