Initial Descent: May 31 – June 6, 2020

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16 (photo courtesy of Chad Kelco)

2020 is, and has been, a dumpster fire of epic proportions—this is not news. All I can say is; ya’ll stay safe and stay well. Now, new metal time so let’s conjure up some actual good stuff, shall we? The best sludge band on the planet, 16, is back for another all killer, no filler eighth full length. These guys can do no wrong and for as long as they’ve been excellent at what they do, they just get better and better. Kult Mogił offers up a lightning rod of classic strained death metal full of speed and adrenaline that will raise the heart rate inside of its first twenty seconds, and Exhumed & Gruesome team up for a blood spraying, neck whipping, ass kicking split release from two different spectrums of death metal—two for one type of deal. Well, what are you waiting for? It all awaits, below. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 129 (5.16.2020)

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Welcome to another Saturday morning playlist. This week I’m subjecting you to ska punk (blame Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater) and blessing you with new Misery Signals, Ian has you covered with the Mrs. Piss debut, and for once I’m not the one throwing The Mountain Goats in here. Check it out under the cut.

– Vincent

Best of 2019: Dan still likes metal, but maybe not writing?

Best of 2019

Oh look, it’s been over a month since my last post.

Related: I don’t really know if I like blog writing anymore?

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Best of 2019: Josh’s List

Best of 2019

I know, you’ve come here in hopes of some diatribe about how my 2019 sucked ass or how I loathed a lot of stuff this year. But, if that’s what you came for look elsewhere. 2019 has been a good year for me on many fronts. My family continually prove to me that true beauty does exist, I have a great job that was extremely busy all year, I got to speak with a few bands I truly adore, I trimmed social media, I kept up with those who matter, and those who matter kept up with me. Oh, almost forgot, amazing bourbon was had along the way and we found a new local brewery with a top shelf IPA. One thing that hasn’t changed is the impact music has on my life and this list, my list, encompasses what raised the hair on the back of my neck. Buckle up buttercup. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Exhumed was October 2019’s Album of the Month!

 

Since Episode 31 of the Nine Circles Audio Thing is for October’s Album of the Month, it’s fitting we’re chatting about Exhumed and their latest deathgrind masterpiece Horror. I mean, what better month to wax on blood, guts, death metal, and all those sorts of dark things! Plus, we had an almost full house which offered tons of viewpoints and tons of great discussion about this album and so much more.
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