Initial Descent: February 9 – 15, 2020

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Hoo boy did I ever miss the mark last week not putting Sepultura’s Quadra up top. That album is straight fire from top to bottom. Missed opportunity for sure but hey, it got opening sentence this week so, score?! Anywhoo, new metals this week include an outstanding death metal debut from Plague who take the tried and true death template and do amazing things with it – actual wizardry in death metal? Absolutely. Noise rock friends of Nine Circles Disastroid are back with an outstanding follow up to 2017s Screen, ethereal doom knows no bounds in the hands of Frayle on their latest, and Ihsahn is up with an EP that really grabbed me from the lead off singles but who knows, the rest might be a techno trance jam. I kid, I kid – I jumped on the preorder so there’s that. Much more awaits those who care to plunder the depths below. Enjoy. Oh, happy V day and all that. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 109 (12.21.2019)

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Welcome to another Saturday mixtape. We’ve got a whole lot of good stuff put together for you today, and seeing as how I’m battling my first hangover of the Christmas party season I won’t waste too much time pontificating over it. Besides, you trust us at this point, right? Dive in at your leisure.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 40 (5.7.2018)

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We’ve made it past another stacked release week and looking ahead to the next. What grabbed your attention the most last week? Anything worthy of hanging on to until end of year? I had at least one, maybe two but won’t spoil it…yet. Should be a busy week around the office but before we go full swing on that, we’ve got another playlist of tracks that ruled our listening habits last week. And just in time too, I’ve had my coffee so I need something a little stronger to assist today — still a little early to break out the bourbon. Head over to our YouTube channel and subscribe so you don’t miss anything then click that play button below. It may not get you to 5:30 but there’s always repeat. We’ll be seeing you soon. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 29 – May 5, 2018

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I’ve talked here before…or maybe in another piece, I can’t remember (old and I’ve slept since then)…about how much more music means when there’s true progression. I”m not talking about your textbook switching up riffs or blasts, I’m talking true forward movement. Since the calendar ticked over to 2018 I’ve been extremely pleased with the amount of artists doing just that. Seriously, it’s been a blast and there’s been at least a handful of artists each week that shine brighter than ever in that regard. Color me tickled. Anyway, more of that this week as we jump in with Ihsahn‘s Àmr in which he continues to forge his visionary and exemplary progressive black-ish metal. For those of you with promos, go directly to the actual release and be amazed at the difference in sound. Next up is Thou who are getting some ridiculous criticism for actually doing something different (shame on you internet) on The House Primordial which is slow and scathing with its noise backbone. Listen, Thou haven’t changed, they’ve only grown more vicious so lay off it. Continuing with Corpse Flower Records’ stellar tribute albums, this week sees release of the Samhain tribute We All Want Our Time In Hell which is ridiculously good and features a killer cross section of artists — any fan of Samhain or metal in general would do well to pick this up. Last up in the opening slots this week is NYC’s Aeviterne with their swirling death metal on debut EP Sireless — membership here touches Castevet, Tombs, Flourishing and Artificial Brain so you already know it’s a treat for the ears. Get on that. Pushing boundaries all around with these four but there’s so much more waiting below. Hop to it. Continue reading

Album Review: Ihsahn – “Àmr”

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If there’s one thing you can always count on when it comes to Ihsahn it’s evolution.  Throughout his work with Emperor, Peccatum, and his solo work it’s been a constant examination of musical styles, finding new avenues and strains that work within the ever-expanding identity of the man himself.  Àmr, his seventh sojourn as a solo artist acts more as a refinement rather than another branch into the unknown.  As such it feels a little less immediate, but even treading water there’s enough stellar musicianship on display to further cement his stature as a visionary in the genre.   Continue reading