The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 105 (11.16.2019)

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Good morning all.  Welcome to another Saturday mixtape session.  This week, your resident screamo buff loses his mind over both new envy and new Loma Prieta (!!!!!), our newest staff member throws in one of Yob’s finest cuts (and check out her review of the new Tribulation live album if you haven’t already), and Chris reminds me that I need to be listening to more Voivod always.  If you’re looking for something new to jam, there’s something for just about everyone here, so grab some headphones and a strong morning beverage and check out what we’ve been listening to down below.

– Vincent

Album Review: Iapetus – “The Body Cosmic”

Iapetus - The Body Cosmic

It’s hard to stick out in the melodic/progressive death corner of this thing we call metal.  So many bands are cramming so many notes into so many songs it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle.  So knowing what you want out of music is essential to picking through the noise and static.  And Iapetus seem acutely tuned into what I’m looking for in a standout album: The Body Cosmic revels in intricate riff construction that refuses to bow to soulless technicality, instead focusing on melody and song craft to create an epic aural journey that’s a standout for the year. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 104 (11.09.2019)

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We’re coming at you a little later than usual today because I’m a goof, but better late than never, right?  Welcome back to another edition of the Nine Circles weekly mixtape.  Today, we’ve got an extremely full house with respect to staff picks, and quite a diverse set of tunes queued up.  There’s a little something for every taste in there today, so without further ado, dive right in.  And hey, happy Saturday.

– Vincent

Initial Descent: November 3 – 9, 2019

Schammasch
Schammasch

Still in the afterglow of another Devil’s Night. I’m planning on keeping the pumpkins out and the spirit alive to push back against the thought of Christmas rearing its head before it’s even December. Feel free to do the same, you rebels. Anyway, the list is a little shorter this week but there’s no shortage of good metals to wrap your ears around and spend your cabbage on so let’s get to it.

Avantgarde black metallers Schammasch really can do no wrong and prove it with yet another epic length, mind bending journey into the deepest recesses of the psyche. This one will be an EOY list buster for so many. We featured a track premiere from Forest of Tygers recently and in case you missed it, this band’s approach to blackenedpunksludgenoise is some of the best you’ll hear this year so do jump on this new release. Very few bands fold melodic and progressive into their death metal as successfully as Iapetus do and on their sophomore effort they do it better and more cohesively than on their debut – this is another epic length album that is a MUST. Closing out the top slots, Immanifest wield a seriously sharp edge of symphonic black / death metal on their incendiary full length debut that’s full of twists and turns and nightmarish speed. Yea. 

Remember to keep those pumpkins burning and keep that horror spirit alive. But whatever you do, support as much of this list as you possibly can, right now. Continue reading