Initial Descent: August 19 – 25, 2018

Bummer
Bummer

In case you missed it or just need a podcast to get you through Monday, we featured our July album of the month late last week and you can listen right here. It was nearly a full house and absolutely a ton of fun was had so check it out. Alright then, a new week means new metal and lots of it…

Kansas City’s noise rock champs Bummer offer up their debut full length Holy Terror which lands on the dirty, grungy side of the genre but – lucky for me – that falls squarely in my wheelhouse and simply put, this album is everything I look for in noise rock. King Dude returns with Music To Make War To and the Dude continues his journey as one of the best dark neofolk artists around. Netherlands are a busy bunch having not long ago released an EP and now are back with their next full length Black Gaia — there’s entirely too many good things to say about this wildly experimental band from Brooklyn so I’ll leave it at: GO BUY IT. And, closing out the opening slots is the chunky, heavy as concrete, violent as a hammer to the face metallic hardcore of Jesus Piece on their debut Only Self.

Stunning openers but there’s so much more to come so hang with us for a while and explore. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 47 (7.2.2018)

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Good morning and good Monday. What’s good about it? I’m not sure yet, maybe this coffee will have the answers. I do know that it’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2018 already. There’s been a lot of quality metal in the first half and the second half shows no sign of stopping that trend. To that point, we’ve got another playlist of tracks some of us dug into last week – some new, some old, some eclectic but all are good. Our YouTube channel can be found here but for the sake of being easy, you can hit the play button directly below. Feel free to use it as a July 4th party starter, there’s some fireworks contained within. Speaking of, don’t do anything stupid this week like burn a hand off or singe all the hairs from your face. Just sayin’ Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist: Vol. 1 (7.24.2017)

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Welcome to yet another week! Reason for excitement for some, and depression for most. Being one to fall into the latter category, I’m happy to introduce a new piece of Nine Circles content that will hopefully lessen the dread that coincides with your first cup of coffee for the week (or your last beer from the weekend). And for the inexplicably happy Monday morning-ers, um, maybe you’ll like this, too? Anyway. Going forward, each Monday we will share a collection of songs that have recently stood out to the curious collection of creatures we call the Nine Circles staff. These songs could be old or new, metal or not, and there is no methodology to the order in which they fall. Each writer will select two or three to feature. We won’t give bother telling you who chose what… because who cares?

Kinda cool right? Instead of forcing you to read several hundred words to figure out what we like, you can kinda just… listen to it. So, without further delay, I give you the inaugural Nine Circles PlaylistContinue reading

Initial Descent: October 23 – 29, 2016

Jagged Mouth
Jagged Mouth

Alright so, Monday is Halloween and surely by now you have your costume in order? In the midst of a horror movie marathon? Burning a skull candle? If not, why and my god what are you doing?! Anyway, it’s Initial Descent time which means more outstanding metal releases for your ears, souls, and minds. This week we’ve got the debut full length, Louring, from Jagged Mouth and honestly these guys rip a canyon in vile doom metal, highly recommended. Speaking of highly recommended, King Dude treats us to another top shelf album of satanic and dark americana with Sex, the always loud Whores kill it, as usual, on Gold, Ulcerate don’t deviate from their crushing and technical death metal on Shrines of Paralysis, Urfaust continue their mind bending exploration on Empty Space Meditation but do it with a bigger dose of black metal than we’ve come accustomed to recently, and Vermin Womb stay true to their despicable (in a good way) death metal selves on Decline. That was a mouthful. But it’s only the beginning so be sure to check out what else is on tap after the jump. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: King Dude – “Deal With the Devil”

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For this edition of Visions ov Hell we are brushing shoulders with Lucifer himself in King Dude‘s latest video, Deal With the Devil. For any of you familiar you may be thinking ‘what? this ain’t metal’ and technically speaking you would be right. But only technically. King Dude is apocalyptic folk / neofolk by trade but his music and themes are extremely dark and the devil always seems to be close in every one of his songs — this one is no different. We featured his newest release here and I highly recommend anyone to take a listen, but for now we watch this tale unfold… Continue reading