Initial Descent: March 15 – 21, 2020

Hyborian
Hyborian

Look here, it got real out there so everyone please stay safe and well and virus free. And stop HOARDING every damn thing in site. You know the family down the street barely making it by? Yea, that’s the one you’re hurting by being a dick and selling toilet paper and hand sanitizer for 10x face value. I don’t mean YOU, dear reader. Unless YOU have done this. Shame, for shame. Anyway, metal will keep you sane if ordered in the house so let’s get to this week’s list. Kansas City’s answer to damn near perfect sludge by way of hard hitting metal, Hyborian, are back and better than ever, Neck of the Woods show that being slightly progressive with a hint of metalcore and a lot of death metal can be a great thing when done right, Sweven — offshoot of Morbus Chron — have a debut album on tap that forces you to hear death metal through a partially acoustic lens, and it’s AMAZEBALLS, and Lucifer still rock in all the right occultish, 70s inspired, metal ways. Stay safe, well, and loaded with metal. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 118 (3.01.2020)

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Welcome again to another edition of our mixtape series, coming to you a day late but hopefully not a buck short. This week, Charles had only been listening to Elder it seems, Ian likes fretless bass (no surprise there), and Hera reminds menthat I still have yet to check out the new single from Ulver. I think I’ll go fix that.

– Vincent

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

Immortal
Immortal

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