Initial Descent: March 31 – April 6, 2019

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With seemingly ALL the good stuff hitting the inbox on a daily basis it’s getting harder and harder to pick the top slots. Which means we’re having a stellar year so far, hard to argue with that. But, please argue or tell me I’m wrong. That’s the way now, right? Whatever. 2019 is shaping up damn nicely and it’s just April. Read on, there’s a lot to get to.

Poland’s Mord ‘A’ Stigmata have a tough hill to climb after 2017’s Hope and this year’s hit comes in the form of Dreams Of Quiet Places which finds the band experimenting with synths and solitude but make no mistake, black metal is still the backbone and this band still rules. Next up is the anomaly called Waste of Space Orchestra comprised of heavy hitters (look them up) that teamed up for the psych metal / mind-bending / thought provoking Syntheosis which is as epic in music as it is in scope and themes, go and experience this. Moving along, if you’re a fan of Zimmers Hole you will be a fan of West of Hell (if you’re not already) and on Blood of the Infidel Chris Valagao’s voice is still a metal treasure and the thrashing good time just doesn’t quit. Can’t let this one end without giving a shout out to Periphery who pretty much fly a middle finger to all the broisms of metal on Periphery IV: Hail Stan – try to look at that and not see Satan. But more than that, this is their heaviest release to date while still clutching the grandiose feel of Coheed & Cambria.

Enter below and enjoy all that is this week. And, do feel free to comment with all the “2019 blows thus far” or “what are you smoking” and I’ll be over here cranking the likes of Moon Tooth, Venom Prison, Mastiff, WOORMS, so on and so forth, so loud that I can’t hear your whining. Continue reading

Best of 2017: Josh’s List

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Us writer types always say the current year was an amazing year for metal. And I’m saying it here, 2017 was a killer year for metal. Just when you thought death metal would reign supreme black metal would come through to take over and then charred hardcore would take its place only to have doom metal rear its head. This was a year I thought I nailed and this list would be easy come year’s end. But, no dice on that whatsoever as there were even more favorites than last year. I set out to keep the typical nine full lengths and nine eps but had to scrap that when I failed to make extreme cuts because the quality was too high. Music has and always will be extremely personal to me and I’ve always loved best of list season as it gives me a chance to catch up on what I’ve missed. You’ll find a few albums here that I covered at length earlier in the year as well as others I didn’t get a chance to. But my final picks lived and died on the impact made on me, whether deeply personal or just a ton of fun that I couldn’t stop listening to. Just like I have for as long as I’ve been reading these best of lists, I truly hope you find something here that hits home with you or something you missed that you wish you hadn’t. Music, metal in particular, keeps me going and offers me a place to hunker down and just be me, to shut out the world in general and enjoy listening to artists that keep me entertained and allows me those fleeting moments of peace. Thank you all, you got me through another year and I’m eternally grateful. Let’s get to it shall we… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 19 (11.27.2017)

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Tryptophan got you moving slow this morning? Or maybe it’s just because we’ve had a long weekend and now that’s over? Yea, I know it sucks and honestly I, and we, could’ve easily stayed in bed for another solid few hours but we’ve got another week to get underway and before you know it the weekend will be here again. Rah rah right? Look, I’m trying to help so bear with me, or not. Anyway, we’ve got just the thing for those Monday blahs in the form of a playlist of goodies we spent some time with recently. Being that we’re on the 19th volume of this thing, you know the drill by now: subscribe to our YouTube channel here then head inside to see what we got cooking. Enjoy… Continue reading