Best of 2016, Q2: Manny-O-War’s List

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Well, here we are again. Another three months past and I am still raving (maybe raging?) about what a ridiculously solid year this has been for metal. Yet, I sit here attempting to include metal that is technically going to be released in the third quarter. You think Blood Incantation isn’t going to end up on year end lists? Ryan Page of A.M.S.Gtotally blew the doors off his production formula and his 2016 release will be battling it out among the top candidates as well.  Further, Brooklyn-based Anicon are set to release their debut (which kills). Over in the prog world, Fates Warning, after working hard for over thirty years will soon put out what might be their best album to date. So, this year is bonkers. And lest we forget the upcoming Inter Arma release… So strap in! Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: MARYLAND DEATHCAST 2016

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The guys are back from MDF 2016 and ready to recap all of their shenanigans on this special Maryland Deathcast! To do that, they walk through all four days of the festival and highlight their favorite sets (including Dragged Into SunlightHorrendousClaudio Simonetti’s Goblin and more), then share some field recordings they gathered with Corey’s fancy new mic on Sunday. Plus, as always, a Heaven and Hell portion.

All that and…not all that much more in Episode 44, but check it out anyway!

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Dan

Album Review: Grave Miasma – “Endless Pilgrimage”

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Grave Miasma‘s new mini-album, Endless Pilgrimage, much like the rest of their discography, sounds as if it’s been conjured from the deepest, darkest recesses of the extreme metal realm. Never the type to simply jam-pack their releases with meaty, death metal riffs, the London quartet once again pulls from a deep bag of tricks — some layered echo and reverb effects here, a sitar there, etc. — to augment their sonic filth and turn it into something truly captivating. It’s a standout release in an already-solid year for death metal.  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 41

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The guys attempt to muster a single f**k to give about either Ozzy Osbourne‘s recent separation from his wife/manager Sharon OR Eluveitie‘s announcement of forthcoming lineup changes. Plus, new albums from Alaric and Grave Miasma, and Dan goes nuts over Captain America: Civil War!

All that and much, much more in Episode 41, so check it out!

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Dan

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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