The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 29 (2.12.2018)

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For those of you sweating Valentine’s Day fear not, there’s still a couple days to find that perfect thing for that perfect someone. Candy and music (metal), dinner and music (metal)…the pairings are endless. And yes, you’re welcome for those ideas. Anyway, it’s Monday which means another playlist of what we were over the moon about last week. It also means the time is now for that gallon of coffee, but I digress…subscribe to our YouTube channel here so you never miss a thing then head inside for a loud, eclectic and great bunch of tunes. Continue reading

Profile: Billy Bayou of Glorior Belli

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Call it what you will. Glorior Belli is some serious black metal crossed with southern swamp rock and just a touch of experimentation. Earlier this year the band dropped Sundown (The Flock that Welcomes) (which we glowingly reviewed here) which represented a welcome return to form. It’s not only one of the band’s best albums but it’s arguably one of the best black metal albums of 2016. A startling work of beauty and grit. We were fortunate enough to have Billy Bayou of Glorior Belli sit down and waste his time answering our profile. It’s humorous, real, critical and just a bit sadistic. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 6, 2016

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It has rained every single damn day this week. Which, really, is just what I need less than two weeks removed from a breakup. Good job, universe! Oh well, May’s upon us. There’s no way it won’t improve upon April from a lifeical standpoint, but it may also do so from a metallic perspective as well. Quite a bit to look forward to over the next 25 days.

That starts today, with new stuff from U.K. death crew Grave Miasma, who release their gnarly new EP, Endless Pilgrimage. I’ll have a full review of that thing up early next week, but as a pre-emptive TL;DR — it’s worth your time. We’ve also got new albums from AlaricVektor…hell, even one from not-metal-but-yes-awesome synthwave mainstay Perturbator. It’s a solid week, so let’s jump in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, May 6:
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Album Review: Glorior Belli – “Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes)”

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Since 2003, Glorior Belli have taken black metal and manipulated it in ways few would dare to. Naturally, this experimentation has brought mixed results over the handful of albums that have spanned the last 13 years or so. Regardless, this type of progressiveness that the french black metallers have brought forth should be praised. And with their latest effort, Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes), Glorior Belli have released one of their stronger efforts. Furthermore, in a year that has, to date, been lighter on the black metal front, Glorior Belli have undoubtedly created the strongest album in this particular genre so far. Continue reading