Initial Descent: May 19 – 25, 2019

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Saw Cloak, Withered, and Goatwhore over the weekend. It was ridiculously good. I’m still tired. Alright then, new metal is on tap and plenty of it to go around so let’s do this.

Icelandic black metallers Misthyrming are upon us once again with second full length Algleymi and expect another knockout of an album full of living and breathing personality that is cold, intense, and perfectly temperamental. Next up is a cavalcade of crusty rawness on Hexhammaren, the seventh studio album from Martyrdöd, that comes off feeling larger than anything they’ve done to date – strong words but right around the second track you’ll understand. Steamrolling right along we’ve got New England’s nasty death thrash dealers Rancorous with their second demo Stealth Dominion and if early Slayer and Kreator gets your juices flowing then GET ON THIS. Last up top is debut full length De Val from Dutch black metallers Verwoed and not even their last two EP’s can prepare for this multi layered and heavily atmospheric assault, don’t miss it.

Killer top four and there’s a ton more below. Hop to it. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 80 (05.18.2019)

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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

Best of 2017: The Short List – Vincent’s Favorite EP’s and Demos

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As I’ve probably mentioned here before, I love EP’s and demos almost as much as I love full albums.  There’s something about the condensed goodness, coupled with my ever dwindling attention span, that makes me wish these little gems got their own recognition sometimes when it comes to year-end lists.  You have to be the change you want to see in the world though, right?  So here it is then: my list of favorite shorter releases from this year. Continue reading

Josh Thieler’s Favorite Releases of 2017

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Its been a long time since I posted anything for Nine Circles. Of all the things 2017 has been for me, it has definitely been the busiest I’ve ever been. I joined more bands, recorded drums / vocals for other bands, art for my bands and other bands, PR for my bands and others, started a record label, and a bunch of other stuff. I miss being more active with Nine Circles but it looks like the current staff has been crushing it!

Anyway, the time has come for year end list. I love reading everyone’s lists and seeing what albums I might have missed or maybe need to check out again. I hope you find some new music in here you will enjoy. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 6 (8.29.2017)

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Greetings, friends. For consecutive weeks, we are running the playlist a day late because we are disorganized as hell behind the scenes. Just kidding. It’s because we do things with our lives and all of you are pretty low in the priority pecking order. The good news, however, is that we have a whopping 22 delicious tracks to help get you through the next couple hours. I think you know the drill at this point. The YouTube Channel is here. The playlist is below. En. Joy. Continue reading