Initial Descent: January 13 – 19, 2019

woorms
WOORMS

Another week, in the middle of winter, has passed. It’s cold. It’s raining, again. Lots of stuff broke this week. I am not amused.

Thankfully WOORMS was there to spice it up a bit with Slake, aka: a twisted journey through nervous wrecks of unhinged sludge and doom with an enormous amount of originality and personality – YES. A self titled album generally signifies some sort of statement or change and in Barshasketh’s case it’s simple: between the drumming and atmosphere, Barshasketh is the most fully realized their second waveish black metal has ever sounded. Musmahhu’s Reign of the Odious was designed and built to pummel, and it does that very well with gnarly but cleanly produced death metal. So, if nothing else, gnarly and cleanly exist, together, in the same sentence. Last up top is Green Elder and Horse Cult with an AMAZING Split of some of the most beautiful Appalachian folk you’ve ever heard, highly recommended for listening and just life in general.

Curious as to what else is incoming? If not, you should be. Read on… Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 6 – 12, 2019

Mo'ynoq
Mo’ynoq

Listen, we are just now in the first full week of January and, obviously, some of you need to go back and listen to that last Sleep album, spark one up, and just chill. Seriously. I’ve seen more piss, venom, and vitriol in the past few days than I saw in the last half of 2018. Or not, choice is totally yours to make but we’ve only got like, the rest of the year to go and if this is any indication, it will be a long and discombobulated one. Whatever.

Since the need for burying the body and mind in metal is, again, at an all time high, we have this week’s list at the ready. GO…

NC’s Mo’ynoq are first to the new year punch with a really good black metal album that has nearly every facet of the genre you could think of and Dreaming In A Dead Language comes off beautifully because of it – their demo and EP were good but this is great. Archangel A.D. give plenty of reasons to pull the denim and high top Reeboks back out on their sophomore effort Warband, familiarity here is high but their mix of thrash and full speed heavy metal is tasty so if you missed out on the digital release, snatch up this week’s CD release. Lastly up top, if you were curious where avantgarde metal would start this year, India’s Orchid have the answer in the form of Miasma which is a maelstrom of knee-jerk structures with a heavy lean towards progressive metal.

Maybe the key to unlocking the ‘chill’ is lurking here somewhere… Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Feral
Feral

‘Tis the season for hopes and dreams (aka: new years resolutions) that fly by like memories on the hard drive of some tragic half human, half robot that’s been beat up and spit out over the course of too many attempts to recreate a life that once was. If you subscribe to this line of thinking, stick to it and see where it leads but don’t half-ass it. New metal? Yes, we got it and just in time after the big purge of eoy lists. What’s up this week? Read on…

Let’s get this started with a very late December release that trips the filthy, nasty  Swedeath trigger and while Feral isn’t reinventing the wheel on Flesh For Funerals Eternal they are keeping the stream everflowing. Vanha returns with an incredible sophomore effort on the mournfully dark Melancholia and brutal death metallers Meathook break a long silence with the fetid gore of Crypts, Coffins, Corpses – yes, it sounds exactly as the title suggests.

Quantity will return in the coming week or so but this is a great batch of releases to shake the holiday gluttony and get your head in the game for what’s to come. Sink below to kick off 2019 and don’t forget: if you commit, don’t quit. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 23 – 29, 2018

Beaten To Death
Beaten To Death

Just beyond the Winter Solstice — shortest day of the year for those of you somewhat challenged by that — and new metal releases are in short(er) supply. No surprise really. But, that’s ok because we still have a few here that are more than worthy of cramming in your ear holes. What do we have? Read on to find out…

Slapstick grindcore innovators Beaten To Death return with Agronomicon and again hit us with an album that jars the senses while tugging at the funny bone – plus that album art, I’m 100% in for this one. Speaking of innovators, Veilburner continue to defy standard black and death metal with their jagged experimentations on A Sire To the Ghouls of Lunacy and the Ukraine’s Bölthorn let their viking death metal flag fly on Across the Human Path.

Since 2018 is all but in the rear view mirror, we here at Nine Circles want to thank you for continuing to stop by and see what we’re up to. There’s a ton of great outlets you can go to in order to get your metal fix but we sincerely appreciate all the visits you pay here! We all do this because we love the music and getting to share it with all of you is the icing on the cake. 2018 was a blast and 2019 will be even better. Now, get in there and taste the steel. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 16 – 22, 2018

Sulphur Aeon
Sulphur Aeon

Mid December and everyone is smack dab in the center of the end of year festivities. We’ve begun and will continue, as will many others so be sure to stick around for all the party favors and maybe even an album or two you missed. But wait! We still have a couple weeks of new releases to go and the quality just won’t quit. What’s up this week? Read on…

Germany’s Sulphur Aeon are back with their third full length The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos and I don’t disagree with what a good friend of mine had to say about it: “they’re dropping that killer The Satanist follow up Behemoth forgot to do.” Next up is the Greek technical death metal phenoms, Cerebrum, with Iridium and this is one full of complexities designed to make you beg for more and then there’s the brutish vocals, just sayin’. Last up top this week (yea, I did go with three this week and glad you noticed) is the HM2 infused death / black / melodic powerhouse In Shadows and Dust with Enlightened By Darkness — this thing smokes, so hop to it.

The quantity wanes but, like I said, the quality remains. Just be sure to keep exploring in the midst of all the EOY shindigs. Continue reading