Initial Descent: August 18 – 24, 2019

Sacred Reich
Sacred Reich

We do this every week and if your band or label wants to be included in future editions, or for other coverage, please reach out via ninecirclesblog@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you. Our contact info is on the main page as well but hey, we’re all about keeping it easy. New metal for a new week so let’s get to it…

We’ve got Sacred Reich with their first full length in 23 years and if there’s even a thought that they might miss a step, dispel it immediately as their thrash metal is as on point here as it ever has been and that album art is sooooo skate deck ready. Boston sludgers Leather Lung offer up their third full length and it’s a dirty, nasty scorcher, Swamp Coffin dig on Nola-esque sludge as well as seedy death metal on their debut EP, and Swedeath veterans Sorcery slice and dice with the fury of a runaway chainsaw on their fourth full length. 

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Initial Descent: August 11 – 17, 2019

Cerebral Rot
Cerebral Rot – photo courtesy of Desi Hermann

Last week was bit of a blur what with all the news items and “theories,” Tool takes and thinkpieces keep coming in by the truck load, and Gatecreeper dropped a ballad off their upcoming album…a ballad. New week and new metal, so let’s do that.

Cerebral Rot go the caveman death metal route (in this case, a very good thing) on their debut, Devourment break a six year silence with their trademark brutal-techy-slammy death metal, Unburnt unleash blackened death metal hell across their four track EP, and Dialith bring unbridled symphonic power on their debut full length. Focus on this week and forget last week but don’t put away the popcorn just yet.

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Premiere: Dialith – “Libra”

Dialith - Extinction Six

Connecticut may not be the first rock you pull for symphonic metal but Dialith hope to change that with their debut full length, Extinction Six, due out August 16 on the band’s Bandcamp page. Their 2017 EP, Through Stone, hinted at the power they harness through melodic riffs and towering vocals but Extinction Six pulls the ace out of the proverbial sleeve and offers all anyone could ask from heavy, symphonic metal. Today, we are pleased to bring you an exclusive premiere of the album’s fourth track “Libra” to whet appetites of what to expect come release day so head directly below to get your fill. Continue reading

Profile: Jason Braatz of Tech-Proggers Freighter

Freighter

Batshit crazy is one way to describe the tech/prog/core explosion of Freighter’s second effort The Den. But, that would completely understate just how cohesive the colorful vocals, slamming riffs, and complex songsmithery are as a whole across these eight tracks. I am fully aware that cohesive and crazy normally wouldn’t share the same space but take the complex grindesque feel of “Presto Change-O” and follow it with the insane melody (and horns!) of “Hot Car Death Dad” and those two descriptors make complete sense. We recently had the chance to ask co-founder and bassist Jason Braatz our set of Profile questions in an effort to peer behind the scenes of Freighter so head below to get the scoop and don’t forget to open your mind and snag a copy from the links contained within. Continue reading