Initial Descent: September 13 – 19, 2020

Napalm Death

I find it amusing how deadlines get tighter and tighter yet info to meet these deadlines gets later and later. If you feel this pain, gimme a hell yeah in the comments. Anyway, as we journey deeper into the backside of 2020 the new release lists grow longer which just means more to choose from. Or overload, depending on perspective. But, either way, we win. This week sees the legendary grind masters Napalm Death return with their sixteenth(!) full length and it’s, as expected, a mindblowing experience—might just be their finest since we turned a new century, Hostia puts up their second full length of deathgrind and it’s clear these guys have honed their skills since their debut, generally a Various Artists album wouldn’t make top billing but Dirt, Redux is a fantastic homage to Alice In Chains with a fantastic list of contributing bands so do it, and Atlanta’s Palaces offer up some brutal, nasty noise metal. And, tons more to follow so get in there and spend some cabbage.

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CANTO: Khemmis, Sabaton, Pestilence, and More

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My body hurts. That’s about all I got for today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

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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Profile: Boston’s Seedy Sludgers Leather Lung

Leather Lung

To be clear, Leather Lung themselves are not seedy. However, their take on southern, whiskey soaked sludge meets the swing of delta blues is. Their upcoming album Lonesome, On’ry and Evil, tip of the hat to Waylon in case you missed it, is the band’s third effort and over the course of their last two they projectile vomited weed filled jams and caustic sludge that would make both Bongzilla and Eyehategod proud. And now, they’ve really come into their own with better, catchier songwriting and an unmistakable swagger that makes this one an easy highlight. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band so stick around to see how it all went down. And, be sure to hit that preorder while you’re here. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 23 – 29, 2019

Beastwars
Beastwars

So, back to reality from last week’s land of sand, sun, saltwater, and relaxation. Ughhhhh. Bills must be paid so here we are. Whatever.

New metal is in abundance which, at this moment, is a very good thing and a very needed thing. Let’s do it… Beastwars returns with an outstanding album — you read that right, BEASTWARS — and you need it, Yellow Eyes are back and continue to keep the american black metal machine exceptionally greased, Low Flying Hawks offers up yet another gaze-y sludge effort, and TheNightTimeProject channels the more rockin’ side of Katatonia which is actually really good.

I’ll be over here perusing at max volume trying to channel last week’s ocean breezes. Don’t mind me, carry on. Continue reading