Initial Descent: September 15 – 21, 2019

Exhorder
Exhorder

It’s fully warranted, at this point, to have the fall and Halloween stuff out in stores but I’m already seeing the xmas stuff out in full force. Seriously. I mean look, I get it, santa is a heck of a money maker but pump the brakes on everything except Halloween, just for now. Thanks. Anyway, we’ve got yet another great list of new metal this week so let’s dig in…

Exhorder return with a KILLER slab of melodic thrash and it’s so freaking good after 27 years of silence, it’s aggressive and in your face – welcome back! Cult of Luna push the limits of post metal on their seventh full length, Engulf offer up another EP of wicked good extreme death metal plus a guest spot from a certain member of Vitriol doesn’t hurt (mile wide grin for me), and Monolord slow it down a bit as well as trim a hair or two off their fuzz to make their Relapse Records debut a doom outing to remember. TONS more await…go do the thing.  Continue reading

CANTO: Tribulation, Wilderun, I Prevail, and More

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People are stupid.

“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. 

All that and much more in store. Seek and destroy. Continue reading

CANTO: Mayhem, Mr. Bungle, Allegaeon, and More

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Today has been, in a word, brutal.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Within Temptation, Thy Art Is Murder, Killswitch Engage, and More

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I’m making a lot of cold brew. Weird, right?

  • Thy Art Is Murder announced a North American tour with Cannibal Corpse. They cover a lot of ground in October and mostly November, so check them out in a city near you.
  • Within Temptation canceled their set at a festival in Lebanon in response to another band, Mashrou’ Leila, being forced off the bill by Christian groups that apparently took issue with their openly gay singer and lyrical content, from what I read. I commend Within Temptation.
  • In case you wanted to see the cover artwork for Tool’s upcoming Fear Inoculum, here you go.
  • Check out this music video from Killswitch Engage for “I Am Broken Too”. It’s very Killswitch Engaging, and if you like clean vocal KSE, you’ll be all about this. Atonement drops on August 16th via Metal Blade.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb