Black/Death Metal Round-Up: Blood Harvest Records

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Brutal denizens of the impending apocalypse, welcome to another Round-Up on Nine Circles!  This time, we feature a label that hardly needs an introduction to seasoned metallers: Blood Harvest Records. We cover five releases in black/death metal here. So without further ado, let’s get started with the first band. Ready, get set, get slaughtered! Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 10, 2016

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Big week here on the new metal front, and of course, your boy’s nursing a bit of a hangover from last night’s Noisey showcase at Saint Vitus. Big ups to all the bands that played, and big downs to the amount of alcohol that was consumed coming back to bite me in the ass. Oh well. I guess this is what happens when Dan tries to concert on a weeknight…

Anyway, what’s dropping today? All kinds of stuff. We’ve got new full-lengths from Aaron Turner and Sumac, as well as from Boston’s Astronoid and San Diego’s Ghoulgotha. Plus, if you feel like getting #MetalTwitter’s panties in a knot, there’s also a physical reissue of Ghost Bath‘s Moonlover, which originally dropped last year. A bunch more in the works, so let’s jump into it — here’s what’s on tap for this week:
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Album Review: Ghoulgotha – “The Deathmass Cloak”

Artwork by Mattias Frisk (Vanhelgd)

With a band name like Ghoulgotha, you can bet that this was a highly anticipated album, at least for me. Straight out of San Diego, this doom/death outfit has finally released a full-length LP, their second on Dark Descent Records. The Deathmass Cloak is a hard record to put into words; it’s definitely something unique—or at least the beginnings of something unique—but for me it’s not quite “there” yet.

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