Initial Descent: March 7 – 13, 2021

LG Petrov
L-G Petrov, credit Maciej Pieloch

First off, RIP to L-G Petrov. Death metal will never be the same without this legendary soul. This is not the way any of us wanted to start a new week, but here we are. Again. Unfortunately. New metal: Taking the lead is SC’s blackened thrash maniacs Demiser with a debut full length that’s sure to be the breakout hit of 2021, Eyehategod is back after a long silence and yep, you guessed it, they’re still the undisputed kings of sludge metal, The Crown offer up one of my favorite albums since Deathrace King, and Domestikwom lay out a physical release of their outstanding EP full of experimental metal and noise. Get some.

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Video Premiere: Domestikwom — “Queen of Putrescence”

On March 9th, exactly one week from today, Domestikwom’s Wallowing in Misery EP will see a physical release through Philip K. Discs. Originally offered as a digital-only release last summer, amidst the height of the global pandemic, we at Nine Circles are extremely excited to celebrate the limited cassette run for this project, and the first release of the year from PKD, with the premiere of the impressively jarring new video for “Queen of Putrescence.” While the second track on the EP has been available for streaming through Bandcamp, this added visual element offers a completely different experience and is well-worth the emotional exploration. Give it a watch for yourself directly below.

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Nine* Circles ov…What “Didn’t” Make My 2019 End of Year List (But Should Have)

Best of 2019

* Hey it’s Thursday!  And it’s more than 9!  What else is new?  I hereby fully (don’t) apologize for the late entry that clearly doesn’t at all conform to the format.  Suck it….

I tried to keep my 2019 End of Year list(s) brief…I really did.  But like last year simply too much happens in the span of 365 days to limit advocating and championing the things one comes to love.  And I’m not talking about the release of records.  I’m speaking to the way we change and grow and mutate with every experience, the way what we hold dear or take comfort in stands as a totem or ward against the hate and pain of a world gone mad, a world that grinds away at our compassion, our love, and our fortitude to stand against it while maintaining the core of who we are.  Continue reading

Book Review: Jason Lief’s “Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West” by Jonathan Petkau of Domestikwom

Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred

We’re back with our slightly erratic series where Nine Circles is STILL very pleased to bring you book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The most recent post in this series features one man black metal/noise machine and occasional 9C contributor Jonathan Petkau of Domestikwom with his thoughts on Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred by Jason Lief.   Continue reading

Nine Circles ov… “Special” EOY Awards (2017 Edition)

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2017 turned out to be a strange year for me musically.  In my first full year writing for Nine Circles I had the opportunity to explore different genres and bands I never would have discovered on my own, and taking in so much music (even when I didn’t want to, in all honesty) not only broadened my horizons and (hopefully) improved my critical thinking on music, but also helped me to understand better what it was I needed from music.

Next week I’ll be unveiling my personal Top 25 albums for 2017, along with a second post of 15 honorable mentions.  But there was so much that impacted me, and so for this final 2017 edition of Nine Circles ov… I wanted to give out a few of my own personal awards to some bands and albums that left their marks on me.  So without further ado, let’s dive in…   Continue reading