Initial Descent: September 13 – 19, 2020

Napalm Death

I find it amusing how deadlines get tighter and tighter yet info to meet these deadlines gets later and later. If you feel this pain, gimme a hell yeah in the comments. Anyway, as we journey deeper into the backside of 2020 the new release lists grow longer which just means more to choose from. Or overload, depending on perspective. But, either way, we win. This week sees the legendary grind masters Napalm Death return with their sixteenth(!) full length and it’s, as expected, a mindblowing experience—might just be their finest since we turned a new century, Hostia puts up their second full length of deathgrind and it’s clear these guys have honed their skills since their debut, generally a Various Artists album wouldn’t make top billing but Dirt, Redux is a fantastic homage to Alice In Chains with a fantastic list of contributing bands so do it, and Atlanta’s Palaces offer up some brutal, nasty noise metal. And, tons more to follow so get in there and spend some cabbage.

Continue reading

CANTO: Suicide Silence, Fallujah, Hostia, and More

suicidesilence2020

Week nine of this shit I think? Who cares. I’m having beer delivered shortly.

  • Suicide Silence are the latest to announce a virtual tour, and this one sounds pretty cool. The band will be offering unique sets, exclusive merchandise, and custom experiences for each market. That’s a creative way to put a “world tour” spin on the virtual tour reality we’ve become familiar with, and I’m all for it.
  • This seems pretty definitive. While previous rumblings that Mayhem Fest was going to return in 2020 didn’t quite pan out due to the current pandemic, the festival organizers appear ready for a full return in 2021.
  • It appears as though Fallujah are back in the studio, getting to work on a new record. I’m curious how they follow up Undying Light, which I wasn’t crazy about, because I was crazy about The Flesh Prevails and to a lesser extent Dreamless. We shall see…
  • Hostia has a new album dropping called Carnivore Carnival this fall through the Deformeathing Production label. They offered their first track from that effort today, called “Slaves”, so we will tie things up with that.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 59 (12.8.2018)

playlist - mixtape

Greetings once again, y’all.  As another week comes to a close, we’ve got another batch of killer songs that we’ve been listening to in our free time to share with you.  It’s a crazy time of year for music listening; there’s a push to finish out the year listening to all the albums still coming out in the next three weeks while also going back over everything that came out earlier in the year to flesh out those year-end lists we all love to read (and yell about) so much.  For now, forget about deadlines and distractions, and enjoy our weekly present to you.  Catch you next week.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 43 (6.4.2018)

NINE-CIRCLES_LOGO-Light Background_SQUARE

It feels like I went to sleep and the weekend is gone. Such is life. Anyway, tons of good stuff came out last week but then again there’s tons of good stuff out there period. Which brings us to today’s playlist of new, old and eclectic tunes to help get Monday underway. Along with a huge cup of coffee and this collection of tracks we’ll be busy for awhile and hope it helps you as well, even if by a little. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel here and we’ll be seeing you around the horn throughout the week.

Initial Descent: May 27 – June 2, 2018

Hostia
Hostia

It’s June folks. I’m old enough to know better than be surprised at how fast time slips away but…JUNE. Anyway, new metal is why you stopped by and that we have plenty of. Leading the charge this week is the self-titled debut album from Hostia and I can assure you that grindcore / extreme metal aficionados will find plenty of special sauce in this one. Next up is Ghost with their latest Prequelle and this one is quickly filling that ‘feel good hit of the summer’ vibe — clean singing and big hooks glorifying the dark one has never been this much fun. Wait, fun? Leaving it there, you decide. Moving on is Everything & Nothing, the debut from Raum Kingdom which has a very strong Amenra vibe so if that’s your thing, and why wouldn’t it be, get on it. Closing down this week’s top four is Creatio et Hominus from Burial In the Sky which finds the band in forward thinking death metal mode this time out and to be sure, this is a good thing. As usual, there’s a ton more so keep reading and keep exploring. Continue reading