While Chris is out slaying dragons and ripping some epic guitar solos from a mountaintop somewhere, you got me for this, the 241st edition of The Nine Circles Playlist. For real though, the man is on vacation and technically could be doing all that. However, I can tell you with certainty that we’ve got another loaded mixtape this week as Ian pays tribute to Mariusz Lewandowski with all his selections revolving around albums that share the late artist’s master touch such as cuts from Abigail Williams and Xenobiotic, Anton brings some heat with the newest Conan, Jon picks the insane new Ken Mode, Vincent drops one from Acephalix, Angela includes Wailin Storms (check out her review), Chris goes down an insanely good 80s thrash rabbit hole with choice cuts from Toxik, Coroner, and others, and I drop a live session from Burst, the new BANGER from Megadeth, and a new one from Karl Sanders. But, that’s only naming a few as we’ve got way more in store right behind that play button below. So, play it loud and piss off the neighbors.
A little lighter mood this week, seven days can make a bit of difference. Sometimes I feel like that famous Hulk line in Avengers: “That’s my secret, I’m always angry.” This is probably why the Hulk has been my dude since I was a kid, funny how it took this long to put that together. Anyway, you came for new metal and new metal is what we do here on Initial Descent, in case you missed it. This week really gets the blood flowing with extreme in all shapes and sizes from Imperial Triumphant, WAKE, Witchery, Karl Sanders, and many more in the list that follows. Tons to dig into so happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week.
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Yes, this thing still exists. Here’s some metal stuff you might have missed from…recently:
As per usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music over the weekend, including Skyeater, Heresiarch and more. Check out Josh’s recap for the full list.
Behemoth drummer Inferno is going to be sitting out the band’s upcoming tour with Slayer to go do dad stuff. Understandable. Congrats to him. Filling in will be Jon Rice, formerly of Job for a Cowboy. I’m okay with this because of the formerly in that sentence.
As South Carolina death metal vetsNileteased their new album, What Should Not Be Unearthed,over the past few months, the million-dollar question was this:would they stay the course of their overly-technical last few releases, or go back to their roots? Fortunately, they went with the latter. Mastermind Karl Sanders had made no secret of his desire to scale things back and have fun this time out. And it’s clear from the start that he followed through on that.
Over the past couple weeks I’ve been revisiting Nile from the ground up—and what better time, given that they’ve got a new album coming out later this summer? My most-played album has to be 2002’s In Their Darkened Shrines, which boasts my favorite song of theirs, “Sarcophagus.” The band’s from my hometown, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to see them live and hear this track—and it hits like a ton of bricks every time. I can’t think of a better Nile tune to share for this week’s #tbt. Continue reading →