Best of 2016: Chris’s List

Nine Circles Best of 2016 Standard

End of the year, ladies and gentlemen. The time when lists flow like liquor at an office party, where the online community comes together as one gargantuan digital animal to do what it does best: nitpick, subtweet, and throw so many accusations of pandering, overrated and “hipster” picks that come December 31st we’ll all be sick and tired and never want to do this shit again.

Until next year, of course.  When we’ll do it all over again. Continue reading

Retrospective: Metallica


Not sure if you heard, but a few people have an opinion on the new Metallica record. I know…crazy, right? Those guys haven’t done anything in like, 30 years! Who cares? Did you hear that new porno doom spazz release by HyphēnX1göRe?  Their last four splits and that demo are more vital than anything those old farts have done in forev— ugh! Wha! blech…ack–*gasp* thud…

(puts down bat, removes butcher’s apron and wipes hands and face with a wet-nap)

Okay, let’s talk about Metallica for a few minutes. Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 13 – 19, 2016

Green Bastard
Green Bastard

Where does the time go? Not only are we halfway through November but 2016 is almost done. And I’m pretty sure none of us are sad to see it pass, of course with the exception of the quality metal we’ve had thus far. I will miss that aspect of 2016. Speaking of, we have another chocked full list of metal on this edition of Initial Descent. Green Bastard rub elbows with Sleep and Yob on their fantastic debut Pyre. Metallica break an 8 year silence on Hardwired…To Self Destruct and yes, to answer the burning question, it’s a really good album, and one that finds the band in a form we haven’t heard from them in a very long time. HORNNS blow smoke rings of stoner sludge on Telepath, and yet another band breaking a long silence — 16 years to be exact — is Quicksand Dream with their epic brand of traditional metal on Beheading Tyrants, and Projections I finds Headless Kross even further down the psychedelic doom tunnel. So, an already huge week but there’s so much more to seek out after the jump. Continue reading

CANTO: Enslaved, Wovenwar, Abigail Williams, and more


“The descent of a star, the infernal depth denied, for the buried design of a greater mind.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Netherlands tour, new Opeth song, and more


“I’m your time that’s almost up that you haven’t acknowledged, grab for some water but I’m that pill that’s too jagged to swallow.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey