The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 72 (03.23.2019)

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The end of March always seems to find me on the road to some far-off destination and folks, this year is no exception.  When you are reading this, I will be leaving a night of camping in Northern California and will be on my way up to Portland, OR, one of my favorite places on Earth, followed by a few days in Seattle.  I am ridiculously excited to spend some quality time with my family and my partner away from the nightmare hell world that is work.  And if you need to spend some quality time away from the cares of the world too, why not dip into this week’s playlist?  We made it just for you.  It’d be rude of you not to.

– Vincent

Embracing the Descent: March 17 – 23, 2019

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We’ve been regular here on Embracing the Descent but for first time visitors or those with short memories and/or attention spans; this is where we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason. We say handful since going all in for 40 – 60 albums just ain’t happening. Since that brief reminder is out of the way, let’s jump into a few from this week and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. And do leave us a comment if you have thoughts or gripes. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 17 – 23, 2019

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First full week of this time change and I already feel better. Under the guise of having a hard time with it, did you miss anything we had last week? Go back and research but do, at the very least, catch our February album of the month chat for Ithaca’s The Language of Injury, and I’ll make it easy for you – link here. New week and new metal, GO.

Leading this charge is NY’s Sigils with their spine tingling doom debut You Built the Altar, You Lit the Leaves, its soaring melancholy meets occult themes and personal backstory makes for a splendid experience. Next up, Gods Without Name from Aoratos (new offering from the mind behind Akhlys) is a whirling maelstrom of black metal with a terrifying atmosphere, no surprise here from Naas Alcameth. Moving right along, Tempel who combine good-time old school metal, rock and hardcore for a sound that’s, well…, a damn good time on Tempel. Last up top is California’s Tryptamyne who recently found a home for Tryptamyne with upstart label Vargheist Records and since the label deals in a niche corner of the extreme, this blend of grind and progressive elements with an experimental flair is a perfect fit.

Beyond these four, a massive pile awaits… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 71 (03.16.2019)

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Welcome back and happy Saturday everyone.  I come to you again from the land of Post-Concert Exhaustion.  Last night, as of this writing, was the LA stop of the Baroness/Deafheaven co-headlining tour, which yours truly made an appearance at.  While the package’s opener left me a little cold (sorry, don’t @ me), Baroness turned me from a casual enjoyer to a full-on convert with their euphoric set, and Deafheaven continue to be head and shoulders above the vast majority of modern metal acts, always in fine form no matter how rigorous their tour schedule may be.  The cure for any wretched week usually involves seeing one of my all-time favorite bands live, and I feel like a brand new human being.  Of course, if your Saturday is looking glum, you can always throw on our mixtape and dance around the house in your pajamas.  That sounds like a good time too.  And really, you deserve it.

– Vincent

Embracing the Descent: March 10 – 16, 2019

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So, with this being our third Embracing the Descent you should be up to speed but as a reminder: we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason. We say handful since going all in for 40 – 60 albums just ain’t happening. Now that you’re back up to speed, again, let’s jump into a few from this week and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. And by all means, leave us a comment if you have thoughts on this particular piece. Continue reading