Initial Descent: September 3 – 10, 2016


First off, happy weekend. Second, it’s Saturday and I’m sure you thought we weren’t running Initial Descent. Well, fooled you. If you have an opinion regarding this running on Saturday let us know in the comments otherwise let’s get on with it. Another week and another list of metal for you to check out; death metallers Colosso are back with their third full length Obnoxious, Divebomb Records is releasing Bewitcher‘s Self-Titled debut on CD format, Tardive Dyskinesia gets crazy with Harmonic Confusion and of course Devin Townsend Project return with Transcendence. But wait, there’s so much more, click that “continue reading” link. Continue reading

CANTO: Belphegor tour, plus updates from Airbourne and Five Finger Death Punch


“Willingly guided into heresy. Beneath the surface, stark emptiness. And you’d pity my conviction, whereas I thought of myself as a leader.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Nine Circles ov… Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015)


Well, we made everyone. Or at least… everyone that will also be participating in Maryland Deathfest 2016 festivities. It’s Tuesday, which means I leave for The Land of Nothing and The Wire tomorrow night. And to follow up last week’s recap of MDF 2014, I will now take this opportunity to remind myself and everyone else how amazing MDF 2015 was. Because, without a doubt, it was my best experience at MDF to date.  Continue reading

CANTO: Five Finger Death Punch, Belphegor, Periphery, and more


“One day I’m gettin’ to the point where I ain’t gonna do nothing but try to be strungout on you. You let me drown way deep down below, for the fleeting past to let go. Until the end I raise and batter around, lookin’ at my own reflection. Forever i shall kiss you goodbye to kill my soul addiction.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

The Nine Circles Podcast: MDF 2015 Minisode I (May 22, 2015)

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Welcome to the first edition of our special, Maryland Deathfest 2015 minisode series!

We’re down in Baltimore for the lucky, 13th edition of our most hallowed U.S. metal festival, and pleased to bring you a quick recap of Day 1 (Thursday) of this year’s shenanigans. With a guest appearance from co-host emeritus Kevin Davis, as well as brief cameos from his girlfriend AND cat, we share our thoughts on Origin, Internal Bleeding, Devourment and Mobb Deep, as well as the James Joyce Pub and something called Zombeavers! Fun for everyone!


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Stay tuned for more by-day recaps, and make sure to follow Nine Circles on Twitter and Instagram (#MDF and #MDF2015) for real-time festival commentary throughout the weekend!