The Be(a)st of 2018 – J’s List

 

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Every year is an interesting trip around the sun.  New music comes and goes like the ebb and flow of time, and some albums hit us harder than others.  2018 for me was a very rich year in metal, yielding tons of great material from all over the heavy landscape.  There was a lot I enjoyed, so sorting the wheat from the chaff for this year has been enjoyable and fairly difficult, which is a testament to all the bands putting out great albums this year.  Below is my top 15 list for this year with a brief explanation with each album as to why I picked them.  Feel the misery (wait, that wasn’t this year?!).  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 56 (11.17.2018)

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As I write this I’ve got some furious death metal punching holes in my eardrums and some really freakin’ phenomenal bourbon coating my insides. So, a good Friday…wait, Saturday. I don’t know, it’s late or early – whatever. Anyway, Thanksgiving is closing in which, in the metal and music world in general, means EOY time. Yea, I saw the Decibel thing get blasted because some dope leaked it but I didn’t read ahead to see what they picked – all it really did was remind me that I’ve got to start whittling my own list down and decide on this year’s bounty (it’s a must that I stock my liquor cabinet well). Moving on, we’ve got another stacked playlist in store for you below that, more than likely, features songs that will be attending EOY parties across the globe. But the point to this is these are all songs we’ve been cranking lately and we wanted to share the joy. So, BEHOLD, Vol. 56 awaits…

Enjoy your weekend, Happy Thanksgiving, and we will be seeing you here next week.

– Josh

Initial Descent: November 4 – 10, 2018

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November is here and it has brought cold weather with it and earlier darkness. I am not amused, at all. As a kid I loved it but now, nope. But, my seasonal pains is not something you care about so let’s get into what the first full week of metal for this month has to offer…

First up is SC’s answer to vicious and cold black metal, Valle Crucis with their full length debut Iron & Blood – I don’t get enough chances to rep my locals but this duo is stunning, don’t sleep on this one. Next is Hypnagogia from funeral doom by way of death metal legends Evoken, their level of genuine artistry is somewhere high atop the stars and continues that trajectory here. Moving along is the second full length, Holy Grove II, from Portland’s Holy Grove and much like their last one, this album further blurs the lines of heavy metal, doom and space rock but make no mistake it hits as hard as a freight train and scratches that bluesy itch perfectly. Last up, at the top at least, is Thoren with their extremely dissonant take on instrumental, progressive death metal with Gwarth I – if looking for a challenging listen is one of your priorities, this is the one for you.

That’s the first four but there’s so much more. Get in there… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 55 (10.27.2018)

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Yea, I know it’s been almost a month since we had one of these. Things happened, blah blah. Anyway, this here playlist is back – at least for this week. A lot has happened since the last one, a lot has been released and we’ve had our ears on a lot of stuff. Some of which we’re sharing with you directly below. I mean, we always talk music around the water cooler anyway so why not share, right? Right. And yes, we give you The Ocean right off the bat, album is FINALLY out this week – score. You came here for the tunes and not the talk so, shall we…

– Josh