Best of Q3: Corey’s List

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I always appreciate these quarterly recaps that we do here at Nine Circles. With all the new music flying around week after week, month after month, it’s always good to take a minute to reflect on some of the better work we’ve been exposed to. The last few months have delivered a number of memorable albums from bigger names like Lamb of God and Amorphis, but at the same time a number of more obscure bands have forced their way into the periphery of many. My list has a bit of all that, so let’s take a look.

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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 13

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The guys dish on news from Immortal, as well as tour updates from a wide range of bands–including their former frontman, Abbath! Plus, new albums from Cattle Decapitation, Fear Factory and Majestic Downfall, and Dan chews gum like a cow! (Audibly!)

All that and much, much more in Episode 13, so check it out!

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Album Review: Majestic Downfall – “…When Dead”

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To be a fan of doom metal, one must have a certain acceptance and appreciation of their own self-loathing. It’s the tangent of the metal web that generally focuses negative energy inward. As such, it’s a form of music that tends to be subject to situational appreciation. But when an album with real quality hits, it implants itself in its listeners consciousness. And that’s what we have here with …When Dead, the latest release from Majestic Downfall, which leaves its mark as one of the better doom metal albums we’ve heard so far this year.

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Initial Descent: August 7’s New Releases in Brief

Cattle Decapitation release their new album, The Anthropocene Extinction, today. (Image via Metal Injection)

Another new release Friday is upon us! And another doozy it is. Here’s what the metal world’s got in store for us this week. To my eyes,¬†there are at least 5-6¬†worth checking out immediately. (Even if in some cases — *cough* Fear Factory *cough* — you’re only popping by to witness an inevitable trainwreck) So at any rate, here they are! Continue reading