Initial Descent: June 17 – 23, 2018

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Khemmis – photo courtesy of Alvino Salcedo

With our fearless editor still banking massive quantities of cocktails on an undisclosed beach I am once again taking keyboard in hand to deliver your weekly dose of Initial Descent.  And there’s some killer tunes arriving on the solar wings of Summer, so let’s get to it.

Khemmis return with their particular blend of melodic doom with Desolation, and it doubles down on everything that worked on their previous albums, but with a slight tweak to engage a classic hard rock vibe. And hey, how about those harsh vocals?  If you’re into black metal then the rest of this paragraph is going to make you very, very happy because first off Unsettling Whispers, the debut LP from Gaerea is a gorgeous dark and brooding example of atmospheric black metal you just might be hearing a lot more about on an upcoming episode of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.  Next up Anicon return with Entropy Mantra, and I make no excuses: these guys have completely keyed into my love of modernizing traditional black metal since their Aphasia EP back in 2015.  The new album just rips with great drumming and blistering guitar lines.  Finally, Sweden’s Craft are back after seven long years with White Noise and Black Metal, and it’s a clarion call to all the crusty, old school black metal you love with just a hint of progression to show you these veterans can take the face off anyone around nowadays.

And that’s just a taste of what came out this week, so check out the list below and let us know in the comments what’s been whispering evil things to you in the dark.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 42 (5.28.2018)

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Happy Memorial Day everyone. Another MDF rolled by this weekend and from what I could tell, it looked like a good time was had by all. However, neighboring Ellicott City was struck by devastating floods and we hope the best for everyone involved. We’ve got another playlist of tracks we’ve been listening to and whether you’re working or sitting at home, there’s something here for everyone. Don’t forget to follow our YouTube channel then head directly below for your weekly dose. Continue reading

CANTO: Khôrada, Death Valley High, Disturbed, and More

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Tuesday has no feel.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb