Initial Descent: May 22 – 28, 2022

Mournful Congregation

Another week, another list of new metal… to which, we rejoice! I know, I know, it’s Monday and that’s a bit too much excitement. However, who doesn’t get excited over new metal? I mean, that’s about all we have anymore. Anywho, get your frowns on for a moment and welcome the new outing from Mournful Congregation (I kid, it’s good), next up is a war machine of deathgrind from Holocausto Canibal, then we’ve got an epic heavy metal effort from Gengis Khan, a rockin’ good time from Besvärjelsen, and a bloated list of many other hits to empty your wallets and blast what’s left of your hearing. Head directly below and happy hunting. See you here throughout the week…

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CANTO: Rotting Christ, Mournful Congregation, Tribulation, and More

Lots of fun stuff emerged today!

  • And we’ll lead off with Mournful Congregation. The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I EP is coming on May 27th through 20 Buck Spin, and a preview of that effort is ready for your consumption here.
  • From there, we should probably check out the new digital single from Tribulation, titled “The Dhampir”, which is meant to serve as a final sequel to Where the Gloom Becomes Sound. Give it a listen here.
  • Vile Creature and Bismuth dropped a surprised collaboration, A Hymn of Loss and Hope. This project was originally set for the 2020 edition of Roadburn, and now they’ve regrouped on it for the 2022 festival. Awesome.
  • Conjurer unveiled a new video, the first of a couple we’ll share today. Check out the clip for “Rot” here. Pathos is out on July 1st through Nuclear Blast.
  • We’re going to end the day with the awesome new single from Rotting Christ, which features Lars Nedland of Borknagar. It’s titled “Holy Mountain”, and it is all kinds of fun. This happens to be exactly what I needed in my life today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2018: Chris’s Honorable Mentions List

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We’ll save the long-winded rhetoric for the final list.  There’s fifteen albums listed here that are categorized as “Honorable Mentions” because that’s typically how these list things work.  But in reality it’s a disservice to relegate the incredible music contained herein to a tier of “also ran.”  I spent much of the year thinking about what I needed music to do for me, and hunting for the songs, the bands, and the albums that worked – selfishly – for me.  All of the albums listed below work on me and for me: pushing me to move further, holding me back when I’ve gone too far.  I can’t ask for much more than that.  Last year I titled my honorable mentions albums #40-26, but in truth a number can’t define the reinforcement and excitement this music provided.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 34 (3.26.2018)

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I’ve been floored by the staggering amount of releases coming at us each week. Maybe it was this way last year and my memory sucks but it seems there’s no let up in the climbing quantity of new metal. No complaints from me at all though, the more the merrier I say. Long story short, if you haven’t found at least a handful of albums to latch onto, you’re not looking hard enough. Anyway, we had a good week around the Nine Circles table and collectively we listened to a ton of music which we are sharing with you below. As per usual for a Monday morning, grab the biggest cup of coffee you can find and hit the play button on our playlist. And, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Here’s to a good week for you all, we’ll be seeing you throughout the week. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 18 – 24, 2018

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Of Feather and Bone – photo courtesy of Pale With Decay

This thing we do with new releases every week is not unlike others new release blasts and we realize you can go anywhere for it but we appreciate you coming here. With that said, we hope you dig it but if not feel free to comment on what you don’t or if there’s something you’d like to see or if your band would like to be included. Our contact info can be found on the homepage and we are also on social media, hit us up. Tons of great stuff to get into this week so… Denver’s Of Feather and Bone send shockwaves through the crusty, gnarly death metal world with Bestial Hymns of Perversion, one of funeral doom’s most beloved members, Mournful Congregation, return with The Incubus of Karma, noise rockers High Priests focus on the riffs with debut Spinning and closing out the top slots this week is the return of melodic death metallers The Absence on A Gift for the Obsessed. As always, there’s much more to explore so dive in head first and get both ears full. Continue reading