Initial Descent: March 1 – 7, 2020

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Scarab (photo courtesy of Omar Abou Doma)

Yep. Way late with this but life, folks. So, we’ll make it a ‘stuff that comes out today or already out’ kinda thing and we’ll hit the highlights to make it quick. Good chance if you happen to be out of the loop so here we go… Scarab hits all the right marks for astonishingly good Egyptian death metal. I mean, if Nile actually were from Egypt, I imagine this is what they’d sound like but all comparisons aside, Scarab stand firmly and violently on their own – go get this NOW. My Dying Bride make a return and it’s a splendidly beautiful, doomy return, Swedeath demons Wombbath are back in the Swesaddle and it hurts so good at high volume, and Pure Wrath offer up another beautiful album in the form of atmospherically epic black metal. Go find all the stuff you missed out on. See you back here in a few days. Continue reading

CANTO: My Dying Bride, Thy Art Is Murder, Falling In Reverse, and More

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Better late than never.

  • My Dying Bride dropped a new trailer (the third of the series) for The Ghost Of Orion, which is out on March 6th through Nuclear Blast. In this clip, Aaron and Andrew get into the name and artwork of the album.
  • Thy Art Is Murder announce new drummer Jesse Beahler through this playthrough for “Human Target”. They have a North American tour kicking off in just a few weeks.
  • I’m gonna just use this moment to remind everyone that the first metal album ever dropped 50 years ago today. Yes, Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut is a half-century old. If it’s taken you until now to listen to it today, here ya go.
  • Here’s a new video from Falling In Reverse for “The Drug In Me Is Reimagined”. They’re on tour throughout North America now through basically the end of May, so if you want to catch them live, you’ll have plenty of chances.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Abysmal Dawn, My Dying Bride, Nailed To Obscurity, and More

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Long, long day. But I got Rammstein tickets!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 111 (1.11.2019)

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There are some people whose presence on this earth are so large that you can’t imagine living in a world without them. For the world of rock music, Neil Peart was one of those powers. When I was a young man I thought I couldn’t stand Rush, mostly due to my distaste of Geddy Lee’s voice. Thankfully I got over myself eventually, but even in my days when I didn’t like the band, I always counted Neal Peart as one of the best drummers I’ve ever heard. There’s no one, Rush fan or not, who I ever heard call him anything less than the best. I’m sad we won’t hear any more of him, but his legacy will be here forever.

Here are some tunes.

– Vincent

CANTO: Mark Morton, Carnifex, My Dying Bride, and More

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Whoa. A full sweep this week. I think?

  • Mark Morton has revealed the first single from his upcoming solo EP. It’s called “All I Had to Lose”, and man, it has feels. A reminder that Ether drops on January 17th via Rise Records.
  • Some stuff from Carnifex today. First, they said farewell to guitarist Jordan Lockrey. From there, I’ll take this moment to remind everyone about their upcoming Meta X North American Tour with 3Teeth, The Browning, and Skold. 
  • One more tour to announce this week. Micawber are touring the U.S. in April and May. There are 17 headlining dates as part of The Intoxication of Western Civilization Tour. Yay.
  • Remember way back on Monday when I said My Dying Bride were dropping a new video for “Your Broken Shore”? Well, here it is. The Ghost Of Orion is out on March 6th through Nuclear Blast.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb