Initial Descent: December 5 – 11, 2021

Malignant Altar
Malignant Altar

Best of 2021 season is in full swing around the metal world and we’ll be joining soon enough. Y’all keep doing y’all with slinging mud over who chose what and why or this album is much better than that album or this thing doesn’t even deserve it or this ain’t even a metal list, and so on and so forth. BUT, keep in mind no list is the end all be all and each serves as THAT person’s or THAT site’s favorites. Rock on anyway though, it makes it fun seeing all the vitriol but most of all it’s refreshing to see the dedication to everyone’s favorites. Anyway, we still have a couple weeks of new metal so do continue to pay attention especially seeing as this week we’ve got some excellent death metal from both Malignant Altar and Pyrexia, an enthralling combo of black and death metal from Vahrzaw, a gut punch black metal offering from Diablation, and many more hanging out just below these four. Go get some and scream to the highest peaks what your favorites are, word of mouth is a strong thing.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 89 (7.27.2019)

playlist - mixtape

Folks, it’s Saturday. The day that felt like it’d never come. But alas and long week be damned it’s time for whatever it is you do when you’re not paying the bills. And of course we’re here to help soundtrack the whole thing with another loaded playlist of the things we’ve been jamming this week. We’ve got tons of death metal, some hardcore..ish sludge, a little bit of black metal, a lot of stuff in between, and we close the whole thing down with a tribute to Des Kensel who just announced his departure from High On Fire, sad news. Go, hit the play button, and let the rough side drag. Oh, if you were subscribed to our YouTube channel you could’ve had this playlist last night so do that right here.

– Josh

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 80 (05.18.2019)

playlist - mixtape

It is Saturday, my friends.  Get yourself a cup of your morning beverage of choice and get ready for another of our weekly mixtapes.  This week we’ve got a Battle of the Batushkas, a Not Metal band that I think is heavier than a good chunk of metal bands, and a brand new jam from the Florida sons in Torche.  Look upon our works, ye mighty, and despair.

– Vincent