The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 171 (3.6.2021)

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Welcome back, weekend warriors. This time on our Saturday morning mixtape series, we have a grip of picks from almost everyone on staff, so you’re bound to find something good no matter what you’re into. Brew up something strong and take a listen down below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 126 (4.25.2020)

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It’s Playlist Saturday again.  Hail Playlist Saturday.  This week, I’m bringing the new Ulthar jam to the table, Anton contributes the new one from Spain’s Aversio Humanitatis, and Angela freshens things up with some new Fiona Apple.  All this, and more, at the link below.

– Vincent

Album Review: Fange — “Pudeur”

If you’re familiar with my work around here, you know that I have a specific philosophy when it comes to death metal.  I like my death metal like I like my steak: thick, beefy, juicy and I need to be left sweating and nearly comatose after consuming it.  That being said, there’s always room for improvement on the original recipe, a little twist of seasoning to zhoozh the whole affair up.  Enter Fange and their fourth full length Pudeur, who effortlessly take the tried and true death metal formula and pepper in a whole mess of electronic noise goodness. Continue reading

Embracing the Descent: February 24 – March 2, 2019

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Welcome to a fresh new thing called Embracing the Descent where we will briefly discuss somewhere between one and a handful of the current week’s new releases. Every now and then we might look back a week but for the most part we’ll try and keep it current and somewhat regular. That’s the plan anyway. Now, there will be bias because let’s face it: listening to 40-60 albums each week ain’t happening so we’ll be highlighting a select few that stood out for whatever reason. Almost like a grab bag of sorts. We don’t know how we’ll land on the albums we highlight, how many albums we will highlight, or who will be highlighting them… But we figure everyone likes a good mystery. So without further ado, let’s jump into a few from this week and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 24 – March 02, 2019

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Made it out of the mountains and not one Bigfoot to be found. Oh well, guess we’ll have to wait for the next hodgepodge video to surface so we can call bullshit on it. Anyway, I did exactly as I said and had one hell of a soundtrack for the weekend and this week is no different. Why you ask? Well, dear reader, we have treasures for you…

First up is Wisconsin’s Pig’s Blood with their second full length of war tattered death metal, A Flock Slaughtered, and if you thought their self titled debut was good (it was) this is going to blow your ears clean off your cranium. Next is Colombia’s Lucifera who wowed me with Preludio del Mal and its fierce take on blackened death with a slight lean towards thrash but on La Caceria De Brujas, their fourth effort, the band is at their deadliest – the vocals alone are enough to cause bodily harm and add in the d-beat touch? GOLD. Moving along: Fange, France’s answer to a nasty strain of sludge induced doom and death metal, return with Punir and this time they introduce a touch of noise and an industrious feel to the mix – Fange has been a favorite for awhile now and this album seals the deal. Last up top is yet another album, Heretical Sect, full of blackened death / doom from a reclusive bunch called Heretical Sect and again, go now and get it – multiple formats on multiple labels so do that and stop making excuses.

Much more below so don’t delay. Continue reading