Initial Descent: April 23 – 29, 2017

Soulrot
Soulrot

If you’ve been following along, I talk about time a lot and mostly how fast it escapes us. On that theme, as of this month Nine Circles turns three years old. And it’s been an amazing ride thus far. To all writers and contributors, past and present, thank you sincerely. To our readers, thank you from the bottom of our blackened hearts for spending your time with us and being the best audience ever. And to the PR firms, labels, bands and venues we appreciate you. Now, we have metal to get to and truth be told that’s why you came so without further ado: Nameless Hideous Manifestations is a scorcher of a death metal debut from Chile’s Soulrot but also one that will have you rockin your headbanging skills like it’s 1990 again. Life of Agony have finally returned after 12 years with A Place Where There’s No More Pain and truthfully they haven’t missed a step since then and this album is a firm declaration of where they are now — a good place I might add. Buildings return with their third full length You Are Not One of Us (A+ for that title) and it’s a massively dynamic noise/punk/rock album that finds the band at their best yet. And rounding out the opening slots is Duel with Witchbanger, this band just gets better and better at their brand of doom by way of classic heavy rock — proto metal if you will, highly recommended. As usual we have much, much more to get to so jump in and stay awhile. Once more, thank you for spending time with us and we hope to be sending this message out again next year. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 5 – 11, 2017

nidingr
Nidingr

You know, my Dad was right; “son, as you get older time will pass like a fleeting breath and you have to take advantage while you can.” Truer words were never spoken as here we sit almost halfway through February and closing in on Valentines Day so I sure hope all you metalheads have thought about that. And if you haven’t GET ON IT, the wonderful love of your life won’t be happy if you’ve spent all your money on metal. Disclaimer: we are not responsible for your spending habits, we merely show you what’s out there so no complaining. Comprende? Cool, now lets get to it; Nidingr return with their fourth full length The High Heat Licks Against Heaven and its another beautiful notch in their avant-garde take on black metal but more than likely the best album title of the year, Wiegedood return with De Doden Hebben het Goed II and fully pull away from the atmospheric black metal pack by building a bigger and better beast than what we had with part I, right on cue and right when we need it the most Overkill return with their eighteenth full length The Grinding Wheel (EIGHTEENTH FULL LENGTH!!) and honestly they haven’t lost a step — if anything they just continue to get better so if anyone asks “what is metal” you can point them right here to this phenomenal album, and Dead Witches are upon us with their occult doom metal debut Ouija which is packed with all the goodies that discerning doom fans will love. All that and much more after the jump.

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Album Review: Dead Witches – “Ouija”

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As far as occult doom metal goes one could argue that Electric Wizard and Psychedelic Witchcraft sit comfortably near the top. So when Dead Witches, led by Mark Greening and Virginia Monti whom you’ll recognize from the earlier mentioned band’s respectively, announced they were working on debut full length Ouija it seemed to good to be true. Even though the album has a couple of issues it’s a satisfying debut full of the kind of 70’s sounding psychedelic doom that is tuned low and played slow. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 18 – 24, 2016

Neurosis
Neurosis

Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link. Continue reading