Initial Descent: June 6 – 12, 2021

Hammer King

If I’m being honest, I’m still reeling from the wrecking ball that was last week’s lineup of new releases and STILL on both Fluids and Inhuman Condition. However, the new release weeks roll on and for this one we’ve got another power metal trip from Hammer King, a death metal debut from the fiery Cyrpta, and Eremit trudges through sludge and doom like kings. But, and as always, there’s much more below to explore so hop to it and enjoy the adventure.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 180 (5.8.2021)

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Welcome to another Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This week is particularly exciting, as it gives me the opportunity to hurl praises at new music from Amenra and Lantlôs (the first new Lantlôs song in seven years!). Plus, we’ve got the new Withered single, a new(ish) Grave Miasma track, and some classic Metallica to round it out. We’re keeping it real heavy this week, perfect for your weekend wake up call. Check it out below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 175 (4.3.2021)

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This week get you down? Too much monkey business? All of the above? It’s Saturday. Finally. Put the week in your rearview and focus on our Saturday morning mixtape of things we’ve been cranking this week. We’ve got a Slay At Home performance from The Lion’s Daughter, some Opeth, YOB, Schammasch, Hammer King, Beggar, Cloud Rat, Craven Idol, and several more from all over the music spectrum. So, let the rough side drag and jam with us.

– Josh

October 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Hammer King – “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home”

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Not gonna lie: I spent much of October working on my own music (shameless plug) and being completely enamored of what is almost certainly going to be November’s pick for Power Metal Album of the Month.  So it was only in the last week or so that I really dove into the month’s offerings of metal both pure and true.  But as always there were more than a few golden nuggets to be had, and I was hard pressed to pick between four stellar stand outs (always a good problem to have!).  So I literally rolled some dice and came up with the majestic speed and 80s influence of Hammer King and their third album of classic metal Poseidon Will Carry Us Home.

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Album Review: Hammer King – “King Is Rising”

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All Hail! The Hammer King has returned! That’s right, only a year after the release of their debut, Kingdom of the Hammer King, the band offers us their second full length King Is Rising. Just like it’s predecessor, this album is chock full of hammers and kings to whet your cheesy-lyric appetite. The biggest difference this time out is the feeling running through every track, which takes this album to new heights. There is absolutely no sophomore slump here. Continue reading