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

Best of 2017: Josh’s List

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Us writer types always say the current year was an amazing year for metal. And I’m saying it here, 2017 was a killer year for metal. Just when you thought death metal would reign supreme black metal would come through to take over and then charred hardcore would take its place only to have doom metal rear its head. This was a year I thought I nailed and this list would be easy come year’s end. But, no dice on that whatsoever as there were even more favorites than last year. I set out to keep the typical nine full lengths and nine eps but had to scrap that when I failed to make extreme cuts because the quality was too high. Music has and always will be extremely personal to me and I’ve always loved best of list season as it gives me a chance to catch up on what I’ve missed. You’ll find a few albums here that I covered at length earlier in the year as well as others I didn’t get a chance to. But my final picks lived and died on the impact made on me, whether deeply personal or just a ton of fun that I couldn’t stop listening to. Just like I have for as long as I’ve been reading these best of lists, I truly hope you find something here that hits home with you or something you missed that you wish you hadn’t. Music, metal in particular, keeps me going and offers me a place to hunker down and just be me, to shut out the world in general and enjoy listening to artists that keep me entertained and allows me those fleeting moments of peace. Thank you all, you got me through another year and I’m eternally grateful. Let’s get to it shall we… Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 19 – 25, 2017

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I didn’t go as crazy on the turkey this year like I have in the past which means I’ve been comfortable ever since turkey day. I know that some of you can’t say the same and for you I say: “been there, done that and it sucks.” I am, however, going crazy over all the great new metal we have this week and I’ve got a feeling you will too. Let’s get to it: Leading us off is the absolutely merciless and militant death metal from NC’s In-Defilade on their second full length Elude, exquisite atmospheric black metal is what Almyrkvi have to offer on their debut full length Umbra, on their second full length, Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta, Kohti Tuhoa offer up twelve tracks of blistering punk / hardcore and rounding out the top spots this week is the masterfully chaotic and avant-garde black metal of Thantifaxath on Void Masquerading as MatterIn this one paragraph extreme metal is more than well represented but, as always, we have so much more to get into. Dive in and enjoy these desserts instead of those leftovers you were just about to polish off. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: In-Defilade and Blanton’s

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Regular readers of this column will notice that Vincent is absent, he is sick but recovering and we hope he is back to full strength soon. With that said, you are stuck with me for today and I’ve got a killer pairing in store for this Receiving the Evcharist: In-Defilade‘s Elude and Buffalo Trace‘s Blanton’s. What’s that you say? No beer? Nope, not this week but trust me you won’t be disappointed and if you are I promise Vincent will be back soon.  Continue reading