Initial Descent: October 28 – November 3, 2018

The Ocean
The Ocean

The best month of the year winds down this week and that sucks. But you know what doesn’t suck? New metal and, yet again, the list is longer which means more to get into. Read on to see what’s in store…

First up and FINALLY, The Ocean returns in epic fashion with Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic and if you have the slightest doubt a step has been lost, forget about it. This thing is master class level post-metal and should be in your collection already so go, NOW. Next up is Piach from Gorycz which is their debut but you’d never know it as their brand of dark and brooding black / death is as mesmerizing as it is immersive, death metal vets Cancer return with Shadow Gripped and after all this time they still have some damn gnarly chops, and rounding out these top slots is occult doom rockers Alastor who pull off the perfect album for those Halloween night scares with Slave To the Grave.

As previously stated, these four are just the tip of the iceberg and this iceberg runs deep. Continue reading

Premiere: Gorycz – “Czarna Ciecz”

Gorycz cover

For those that have been paying attention to Nine Circles happenings in recent weeks, Gorycz might be a name you stumbled on in the most recent edition of our playlist. And with the release of their debut album, Piach, quickly approaching, we are thrilled to introduce you to another track off the new album titled “Czarna Ciecz”. Check it out immediately below.
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Initial Descent: December 10 – 16, 2017

midnight 2017
Midnight

We’re another week closer to slamming the book on 2017 and we do hope you’ve been enjoying list season thus far. For what it’s worth, we certainly have been and our staff lists will start rolling out in the coming days so stay tuned. But for now it’s another jam packed week of metal and the quantity here squashes any thoughts of new releases slowing just because it’s December. Leading us off this week is the metal / punk / let the good times roll Midnight on Sweet Death and Ecstasy. This band just continues to rule and have always reminded of the era when rock n’ roll was considered dangerous and an instrument of Satan himself — this album amps up that feeling and is one hell of great time. Next up is Ghastly Sound with their second EP of the year, The Bottom — think 90s hard rock mixed with death, sludge and stoner metal but with a killer singer. Moving on, the mechanized and industrious black metal attack of Iperyt‘s The Patchwork Gehinnom reminds us that industrial and black metal do indeed make the perfect pair. Rounding out the opening slots is Deathmarch‘s Dismember EP and in case the chainsaw on the cover doesn’t give it away, it’s full of gnarly death metal that will appease even the most hardened death metal fan. What’s next? You know the drill, get in there and explore. Continue reading