The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 48 (7.21.2018)

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The past three weeks, since our last Playlist, has seen a treasure trove of excellent music. It really hasn’t mattered where your preferences lie in the metal spectrum, there’s been something for every taste imaginable. And in these past three weeks we’ve featured some of it, discussed our album of the month for June, highlighted an album that turned 18, featured excellent artists via our Profile piece and talked about much more amongst ourselves, as we do on a daily basis. So, make sure to go back and check it all out for yourself. Anyway, it’s Saturday and we’ve got another playlist full of some of those things just mentioned and some of the things we just haven’t been able to get enough of. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here, if that’s your thing, and be sure to leave your recent favorites in the comments section or hit us up on the socials. Have a great weekend!

Album Review: Lucifer – “Lucifer II”

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I remember the hype and acclaim around The Oath and their brand of Sabbath acid rock doom not doing all that much for me, so when singer Johanna Sadonis took the band’s demise to form Lucifer with ex-Cathedral’s Gaz Jennings as a musical partner it felt like more of the same.  Three years on from their debut and a serious switch in collaborators brings forth a more sun-drenched Lucifer II, and the result is a truly memorable rock album that slithers in the darkness and the light, putting the focus on hooks and head nods instead of wallowing gauze and doom.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 1 – 7, 2018

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Well, hopefully none of you blew any limbs off doing something dumb with fireworks but if you did then you’ve got nothing but time to check out this week’s goods here on Initial Descent. On the flip side, if you’re totally intact you still have time to do the same. You can’t afford to miss it either way is what I’m saying so…TALLY HO.

Leading the pack is Immortal who return from a nine year silence and a member down (not news at this point) with the aptly titled Northern Chaos Gods and any fears of an Abbath-less album not living up to its gnarly black metal roots are firmly put to death in the first few seconds. On the swampy death metal front, Turkey’s Burial Invocation release their debut full length Abiogenesis. Fans of WITTR will find plenty to love on With the End In Mind‘s latest, Unraveling; Arising and Lucifer return with Lucifer II which falls heavier on the rock end of the spectrum, courtesy of Nicke Andersson, but further showcases Johanna Sadonis’ fantastic voice so there’s that.

As always though, much more to come after the jump so stick around and enjoy! Continue reading

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – May 20, 2016

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Another miserable Friday dawns upon this solid rock of waste and human excrement. You continue to murder and slay each other over silly ideas. Still unaware that there is more to the world than your own pathetic opinions and misgivings. Your fear drives you into unwanted places. Deep into caverns you have made in the earth. But nothing can protect you. You will die. You will decompose. And you will be eaten by the earth that you have treated like a landfill. So what do you have to look forward to? Continue reading

Concert Review: High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus (August 22, 2015)

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So far this year, the concert pickings have been slim within…really, a four hour radius of me. But last Saturday was a welcome exception, as High on Fire rolled into Atlanta’s Masquerade for a highly anticipated gig with Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus. It was my first time seeing any of these bands and the night did not disappoint. The venue, as always, was exceptional; everyone from the bartenders to the house security were pleasant and accommodating to the large crowd. Continue reading