Scaling Mount Purgatory: Albums We Missed, Q1 2017

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And like that, a quarter of the year has gone…

I swear it feels like the amount of music released increases exponentially year to year. What’s even more surprising is how much of it is actually pretty damn good. Metal had a great showing in 2016 and judging by the first few months it looks like 2017 has the potential to be even bigger. I’m sure it’s obvious, but as much as we want to cover everything in a timely fashion… well, we are but a few humble writers in a veritable ocean of albums, and the waves are only getting bigger. You can see the quandary, no?

NO? WHADDYA MEAN, NO?!

Well, for the sake of our sanity humor me, please. The Nine Circles staff are Scaling Mount Purgatory to bring you a few albums we missed in the hopes you don’t do the same. There’s something here for everyone so tag along as we begin our ascent. Breathe the rarified air, take it all in, it’s worth it.

Trust us.
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Donuts & CANTO: Chuck Berry, Wormrot, Baroness and more!

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Chuck Berry

March 20, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:

  • First things first: as always, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music on Friday, including WoeObituary and more. Check out Josh’s recap here.
  • This isn’t nearly metal, but it’s still a damn shame: rock ‘n’ roll originator Chuck Berry passed away over the weekend at age 90. Hell of a life, and an incredible loss. Rest in peace, Chuck.
  • Well, this sucks: Singaporean grinders Wormrot have cancelled their planned U.S. tour due to concerns over having proper papers in the current political climate. That includes their appearance at Maryland Deathfest. Fuck the Orange One forever.
  • Baroness frontman John Dyer Baizley, who curated this year’s Roadburn Festival, announced that he, bandmates Pete Adams and Marek Sarba, and Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly will join forces to perform a set of punk covers at the festival. I’m totally not upset that I’m not going to Roadburn this year. Not upset at all. Not one bit.
  • Ahead of their upcoming debut album, supergroup Dead Cross — featuring Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and others — dropped a new song called “Shillelagh.” I don’t know who or what a “Shillelagh” is, but you should listen to it. Because Mike Patton.
  • And finally, Steel Panther put out another new music video called “I Got What You Want,” which — let’s be real — there’s no way I wasn’t going to include in this round-up. Check it out below:

The band’s new album, Lower the Bar, drops this Friday. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Initial Descent: March 12 – 18, 2017

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Woe

I’m not going to ramble on this week because not only do we have some stellar music for you in the top four slots but we have plenty more in store beyond that. Oh and I’m heading out to the Atlanta Decibel Tour in a few short hours so expect some words on that in the coming days, should be epic. Stay tuned. Up first is Woe‘s incendiary Hope Attrition that basks in its ability to see the current state of affairs as they really are and calls for action instead of complacency, vicious black metal with a message. Next up, Fange return with their second full length Pourrissoir and somehow they’ve managed to retain all the nasty sludge qualities that made their debut so amazing but here they hone their song craft to a sharpened tip of extremity. Third up is legendary US death metallers Obituary with their tenth full length Obituary, and yes the band still has it after all these years and yes it will be a treat to see these guys tonight (had to throw that in there). Last but not least is Saille with their melodic yet epic black metal on Gnosis and if you’ve yet to experience this band now is as good a time as any, you won’t be disappointed. So there you have it with the top slots but there’s so much more to explore after the jump. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 16 – 22, 2016

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Khemmis – photo courtesy of Travis Heacock

Seems like we’ve been saying this every week and here we are saying it again; it’s another big week here on Initial Descent. And with the vitriol spewing from every corner of the globe and wariness of the status quo, it’s comforting to know we have metal to shut the world out and get lost in. On that note, this week we have the absolutely huge second full length, Hunted, from Denver’s doom sensations Khemmis (if Absolution was your jam, this one will blow your mind). Also, death metal vets Obituary return with a pair of new songs and several live fan favorites on Ten Thousand Ways To Die. Seputus, featuring three members of Pyrrhon, release their thickly woven and intense death metal debut Man Does Not GiveAnagnorisis give us an emotionally heavy black metal album on Peripeteia, and Auroch offer up their dynamically technical brand of death metal on Mute Books. Already more than an ear full of new releases to sink your teeth into and we’re just getting started. So dive in, after the jump. Continue reading

CANTO: Obituary, Metallica, Faith No More, etc

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“I could stare for a thousand years, penetrate your deepest fears, leave you cold with a faceless embrace, then disappear without a trace.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey