Initial Descent: March 10 – 16, 2019

Venom Prison
Venom Prison

Rain. Rain. More rain. I just can’t deal. Soooo tired of it and ready for dry and summer and longer days. Well, one out of three ain’t bad and if you read that and said ‘dammit, totally forgot to spring forward on my clock’ good luck explaining that one to the boss – happy Monday. We have a fix for the blahs though and it comes in the form of new metals. Read on friends…

It’s safe to say we’ve established Venom Prison as complete bad-assery and on Samsara they kick their venomous death metal up several notches since their last outing – is that even possible?! Anyway, everything about this album topples Animus and that’s no easy feat nor is it a slight to that album in any way, the band has grown and it’s obvious during the opening salvo of “Matriphagy.” Moving along, Noisem returns with a new lease on life and a new attitude on Cease To Exist which finds them stoking their death thrash with extremely confrontational grind and it’s a sound to behold. Next up is the debut, Nocebo, from MA’s Elizabeth Colour Wheel and the blackgaze tag seems too simple after the onslaught of 90s rock, noise and ethereal moments of bliss found all over this thing – it’s hard to pin down but it is a journey best left travelled and enjoyed, I very much have enjoyed it – just sayin’. Last up top is progressive death metal stalwarts Fallujah with their fourth full length Undying Light which finds them, once again, toying with tech death, blackened stylings, and proggy structures – definitely a step up and one you won’t want to miss.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 66 (02.09.2019)

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Good morning ladies, fellas, and the people that don’t give a fuck.  We’re going to keep this short and sweet today because once again I am behind on time, somehow.  Even though my work week got cut short (thank you massive server error), it only meant I had to spend my free time doing all the important errands I had been putting off.  But now there’s breakfast, coffee, my car doesn’t make quite as many weird sounds as it used to, and of course there’s good music to get me pumped on yet another rainy Southern California day.  Lets hope this gets your weekend off to a good start too.

– Vincent

CANTO: Gloryhammer, Combichrist, Fallujah, and More

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Today was… a day.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Children of Bodom, Whitechapel, Mushroomhead, and More

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Can I go to Grand Teton now?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Donuts & CANTO: Adrenaline Mob, Fallujah, Sleep and more!

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Adrenaline Mob bassist Dave Z.

July 17, 2017

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

    • As usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music, including Expulsion and Boris. Check out Josh’s Initial Descent post for the full list!
    • Sad news from Adrenaline Mob, whose bass player David (“Dave Z”) Zablidowsky was killed in a three-car accident in Florida over the weekend. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an Adrenaline Mob song, but this is terrible either way. Rest in peace, Dave.

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