Initial Descent: August 23 – 29, 2020

Necrot
Necrot

Catch that Enslaved Below the Lights stream last week? Maybe it’s still up but if not, and you missed it, shame on you is all I can say. Anyway, another new week and another massive pile of bloody metal to sink your teeth into. Shall we? Rhetorical, of course. The Bay Area’s death metal behemoths Necrot are back with a vicious slab of old school infused death that’ll set your head on fire and make your ears bleed, everyone’s favorite grind masters Pig Destroyer have an EP that is at once familiar but boundary pushing on the backside, Exist chair an all star class on how progressive metal should be done, and Panzerfaust hit us right in the raw yet hypnotic black metal feels and those are good feels, to be sure. See? I told you this week would be massive, and there’s still a ton more below. Enjoy.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 138 (7.18.2020)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning mixtape.  This week, we have a ton of new singles from Unleash the Archers, Primitive Man, Black Magnet, and Full of Hell & Health.  Plus, Chris gives us a triple dose of Fear, we throw a bunch of Rebel Wizard at you (because seriously Magickal Mystical Indifference absolutely rules), and much more.  As always, listen below, and thanks for checking this out.

– Vincent


 

Best of 2019: Zyklonius’ List

Best of 2019

By now, it has become customary for me to recall at the turn of the year how great the past 12 months were for metal and its myriad sub-genres and styles, and how difficult it has become to keep one’s head above the water in the face of the deluge of releases. I have been listening to metal for over 25 years but am still astonished and impressed on a daily basis by the boundless imagination on display, be it the ever-blossoming creativity of bands who have been operating for 20 years or the ravenous appetite of newcomers.  Continue reading

Best of 2016: Zyklonius’ List

Nine Circles Best of 2016 Standard

I am writing this intro blurb on Christmas eve, on Lemmy’s birthday and almost exactly a year after his death. Today, the largest newspaper in Finland published a fascinating article discussing Lemmy’s life (unfortunately in Finnish). The article’s lead paragraph notes the failure of humanity to carry on without Lemmy and the shockwave his death created, paving the way for 2016 in all its depressing grimness. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 18 – 24, 2017

krallice
Krallice

Merry Christmas! One more Initial Descent to go and 2016 is in the rearview mirror. Also, if you haven’t finished your christmas shopping, may the force be with you as you find empty shelves and hells minions in the stores. Or you could just give up and Bandcamp gift everyone on your list something from the massive metal year we’ve had. See, we truly care about you readers and are here for you. Speaking of; we here at Nine Circles want to extend a huge and heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you that have stopped by and spent any amount of time with us. We hope you will continue to visit us in 2017 and we will do everything we can to keep it interesting. Also we want to thank all the bands, artists, labels, PR firms and all those behind the scenes that offer us an opportunity to do this and the means in which to do it with. To our staff; we appreciate you and everything you do more than you know. You volunteer your time to do this and being that time is in short supply it means so much that you sacrifice it for us to move forward. You rule, period. This week KRALLICE leads the charge with Prelapsarian and yes they still kill it, on the Viking metal front we have No Blood No Glory from Pimeä Metsä, Nahtrunar continues their grim approach to black metal on Existenz and Panzerfaust takes a look at evil as it relates to the human condition on their extremely dense black metal album The Lucifer Principle. As usual that’s only the beginning so hit that continue reading button and see what else is out there. Continue reading