Initial Descent: August 18 – 24, 2019

Sacred Reich
Sacred Reich

We do this every week and if your band or label wants to be included in future editions, or for other coverage, please reach out via ninecirclesblog@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you. Our contact info is on the main page as well but hey, we’re all about keeping it easy. New metal for a new week so let’s get to it…

We’ve got Sacred Reich with their first full length in 23 years and if there’s even a thought that they might miss a step, dispel it immediately as their thrash metal is as on point here as it ever has been and that album art is sooooo skate deck ready. Boston sludgers Leather Lung offer up their third full length and it’s a dirty, nasty scorcher, Swamp Coffin dig on Nola-esque sludge as well as seedy death metal on their debut EP, and Swedeath veterans Sorcery slice and dice with the fury of a runaway chainsaw on their fourth full length. 

All that and much more in store. Seek and destroy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 11 – 17, 2019

Cerebral Rot
Cerebral Rot – photo courtesy of Desi Hermann

Last week was bit of a blur what with all the news items and “theories,” Tool takes and thinkpieces keep coming in by the truck load, and Gatecreeper dropped a ballad off their upcoming album…a ballad. New week and new metal, so let’s do that.

Cerebral Rot go the caveman death metal route (in this case, a very good thing) on their debut, Devourment break a six year silence with their trademark brutal-techy-slammy death metal, Unburnt unleash blackened death metal hell across their four track EP, and Dialith bring unbridled symphonic power on their debut full length. Focus on this week and forget last week but don’t put away the popcorn just yet.

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Initial Descent: August 4 – 10, 2019

Lord Gore
Lord Gore

In comparison to the last few weeks, this one is rather short on the new metal front. And honestly, I’m not mad about it. A time to breathe a bit is a good time indeed. Anyway, the deathgrind supergroup of sorts, Lord Gore, are back after a 15 year break and they’re as sickening as ever, blackened death metal commandos Trench Warfare rage against religion on their full length debut, and Strappado leave nothing to the imagination on their brutal, torture inspired death metal debut – I mean, just look at that album art below. 

Beyond that, it’s a varied offering this week with rock and grind and even a little something for the maggots. Head inside to get the scoop. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 28 – August 3, 2019

Excuse
Excuse

Between Des leaving High On Fire, Rutger Hauer passing, and Call of the Void calling it quits, last week was a dumpster fire of epic proportions. But, we must carry on. All I can offer is new metal so sit down, read up, and hang on…

Finland’s answer to all things good in heavy and speed metal, Excuse, offer up their debut full length and if you missed out on their exceptional EP Goddess Injustice please go study up ahead of this slab of killer with zero filler. Speaking of killer, Sanguisugabogg (say that five times fast) do outstanding things to death metal on their EP and yes, I know it came out last week but we missed it and now we didn’t – you don’t miss it either. The sucking out of life force that graces Grogus’ debut full length exactly matches the intensity of the sludge, death, and hardcore contained within – plus, it’s a forward thinking album with many twists and surprises afoot. And, last up top is the third full length from England’s heavy metal bruisers Eradikator who shred their way through nine tracks of extremely catchy steel. 

More to follow so keep up. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 21 – 27, 2019

clouds collide - band pic
Clouds Collide

Last week I randomly ran across a quote that made me almost split my sides laughing. Monday’s are for pick-me-ups so I’m sharing: “Some people just need a high five. In the face. With a chair.” Ever since, I’ve tried to keep track of how many people I run across that this would apply to and I’m into double digits so far. It’s a fun game, you should try it. Anyway, new metal? Absolutely. What exactly? Follow along…

Atmospheric and highly emotional black metallers Clouds Collide return with a juggernaut of an album and we got a track premiere (link below) so hop to it, Sculpted Horror keep the old, dingy death metal crypts righteously infected with their new EP, Cable blast out of a ten plus year silence with a new offering of sludgy, noisy, dirgy anthems just in time for the dog days of summer, and Throes get equally as nasty on their full length debut but with hardcore and post-metal thrown in the mix. 

Jump in and explore. And, remember the high fives game. It’ll be our little secret. Continue reading