Initial Descent: May 26 – June 1, 2019

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Do you still get that rush when you find a new band that just does it for you? Or how about a new album from an old favorite that does the same? Each week these lists offer chances to experience that and this one is no different so let’s get the ball rollin’.

Darkthrone chose to let the fans hear new album Old Star, in its entirety, before anyone so Friday is the day to hear what will surely be the next chapter of black n’ punk that we’ve come to expect, love, and crank as loud as possible. Italian death metallers Fulci return with their second full length Tropical Sun, which is based around the movie Zombi 2, and it’s freaking great and nasty and vile but most of all it’s just wicked good death metal – family fun in the tropical sun. Speaking of wicked good death metal, Nekroí Theoí gets all up in the brutal side of the genre on debut Dead Gods but expect many surprises well beyond just sheer brutality – that’s all I’m giving up, go check it out. And rounding out the top slots this week is Gloryhammer with Legends From Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex which continues their forward march of damn near single handedly taking power metal to a whole new level.

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Moonspell Live at the Whisky A Go Go, 9.24.2018

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Band: Moonspell

Photographer: Hera Vidal

Location: Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA

Date: September 24, 2018

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Moonspell Live at the Palladium, 10.13.2018

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Band: Moonspell

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Palladium, Worcester, MA

Date: October 13, 2018

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April 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Kamelot – “The Shadow Theory”

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Greetings and salutations to the power metal lovers of the world.  Though our power metal guru has departed for distant golden shores, he instilled in the Nine Circles crew a love for the genre and a yearning to dive deeper into its hidden corners, determined to continue shining a light in the best this most diverse of musical styles has to offer.  So each month we’ll endeavor to do our homework and feature our pick for the Power Metal Album of the Month, along with a short round of a few other notable releases.  This month there was simply no contest, as Kamelot came with all guns blazing on their 12th release, The Shadow TheoryContinue reading

Initial Descent: November 12 – 18, 2017

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By the time you read this piece next week we will all be in a turkey coma and waiting to see who moves first on getting the hundreds of boxes down for decorations and such. It’s a standoff, everyone in the room will be hoping you’ll do it while you hope they do it. Good times indeed. But for this week we have another sizable load of metal for your ears to get wrapped around so let’s get to it. First up is glorious NWOBHM meets thrash of Lady Beast‘s sophomore album Vicious Breed which is raucous good time, next up is the varied and all-encompassing palate of death metal, noise rock and post-metal on Last Bastion of Cowardice from Northless, Cavalera Conspiracy return with their fourth full length Psychosis and honestly I’m not sure what I was expecting but this far exceeds anything I was anticipating, let’s just say: the roots are revisited and this thing is an absolute must and closing out the top slots is Daxma with their stunning post-metal meets doom metal approach on The Head Which Becomes the SkullAs usual, we’re not even close to being done so get in there and enjoy… Continue reading