Initial Descent: September 13 – 19, 2020

Napalm Death

I find it amusing how deadlines get tighter and tighter yet info to meet these deadlines gets later and later. If you feel this pain, gimme a hell yeah in the comments. Anyway, as we journey deeper into the backside of 2020 the new release lists grow longer which just means more to choose from. Or overload, depending on perspective. But, either way, we win. This week sees the legendary grind masters Napalm Death return with their sixteenth(!) full length and it’s, as expected, a mindblowing experience—might just be their finest since we turned a new century, Hostia puts up their second full length of deathgrind and it’s clear these guys have honed their skills since their debut, generally a Various Artists album wouldn’t make top billing but Dirt, Redux is a fantastic homage to Alice In Chains with a fantastic list of contributing bands so do it, and Atlanta’s Palaces offer up some brutal, nasty noise metal. And, tons more to follow so get in there and spend some cabbage.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 139 (8.1.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist. We’ve got a house full of new picks from Judicator, Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, and much more. There’s bound to be something you’ll like in there, stop what are you waiting for?

– Vincent


CANTO: King Diamond, Killswitch Engage, Napalm Death, and More

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At least I’ve been able to run outside consistently in recent weeks?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Nine Circles ov…Napalm Death

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Years before I had heard a single note it was the logo, the way the letters seemed scratched in flesh, sinister crosses embedded in the “N” and “M” signifying something I wasn’t prepared to listen to…yet.  By the time I finally opened up to the grand progenitors of grind, Napalm Death, it was during their post-2000 resurgence, and my purchase of their compilation Noise for Music’s Sake led me down a rabbit hole of the most exquisite display of passionate anger and rage this side of the universe.  Between 6-second bursts of grind, impeccable artwork, and some of the most biting social commentary ever put to paper, the arrival of a new EP and a new full length on the horizon makes this a perfect time to dedicate a Nine Circles ov... to one of the best bands to ever carry the tag of “extreme” in their music.

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CANTO: Katatonia, Lord Dying, Tombs, and More

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Today was a big day. Tomorrow will be an even bigger day.

  • Stop EVERYTHING. Katatonia revealed stuff today. City Burials, the next album from the somber metal legends, will be out on April 24th through Peaceville Records. Check out the first single, titled “Lacquer”, right now.
  • Let’s use this opportunity to remind everyone of the upcoming Lord Dying tour with Obituary and Black Label Society, and also introduce this new video for “Freed From The Pressures Of Time”. That track is from last year’s Mysterium Tremendum.
  • I think we are all aware of the upcoming Napalm Death tour this spring, but today I’m happy to share that Tombs will be joining them. That’s gonna be a beast of a lineup, not gonna lie.
  • Here’s a new music video from Anvil for “Legal At Last”, the title track from their upcoming album which will be out February 14th on AFM Records. Enjoy.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb