Best of 2018: Josh’s List

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I had a plan in January. The same plan I have every January: to only document the albums that strike a major chord in one way or another. Yet, here we sit in December and I’m debating on at least one or two of my locked list and mourning those who fell off. Don’t take ‘fell off’ as a knock either. It simply means there was no shortage of amazing albums this year and well, I just enjoy the torture of whittling away on my favorites (not).

I’ve spoken at length about how important music is for life in general and how important it is for me as someone that had a finger on the play button for nearly all 8,760 hours that made up this year. EOY lists, I love them – always have and always will. It’s a chance to purge all the best and move on to yet another cycle into the unknown. Fire walk with me through the albums that hit home the hardest… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 52 (9.8.2018)

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Fall is teasing us with slightly cooler nights and 2018 is not getting any weaker on the back end for metal releases. The hits just keep coming: The Ocean recently announced Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic for a November street date FINALLY, and Evoken will serve up Hypnagogia in that same month. We will also see albums from Hate Eternal, Voivod, Sumac, Megaton Leviathan and so many more before this year is done, all of it excites me to no end. Fall has the same effect; Halloween and horror movies and fires…yessss. I’ve gotten all out of sorts here as you can clearly see but you came to check out what we’ve been listening to over the past two weeks so let’s get to it. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here and head immediately below for a Saturday filled with all the good stuff…

– Josh

Album Review: Morgue Walker – “Forage the Ash” (EP)

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Blackened deathgrind. I know ‘blackened’ has been used to death but in all seriousness one listen to this North/South Carolinian trio’s debut EP, Forage the Ash, and it just feels sooooo right. Morgue Walker nail that part but also make good on their namesake by actually sounding like they recorded this thing inside a morgue adjacent to a coffin awaiting the hearse. If you took that as a knock, it only slightly is. And by slight I mean miniscule. Anyway, this is blackened deathgrind and it is vicious. Continue reading