Initial Descent: March 31 – April 6, 2019

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With seemingly ALL the good stuff hitting the inbox on a daily basis it’s getting harder and harder to pick the top slots. Which means we’re having a stellar year so far, hard to argue with that. But, please argue or tell me I’m wrong. That’s the way now, right? Whatever. 2019 is shaping up damn nicely and it’s just April. Read on, there’s a lot to get to.

Poland’s Mord ‘A’ Stigmata have a tough hill to climb after 2017’s Hope and this year’s hit comes in the form of Dreams Of Quiet Places which finds the band experimenting with synths and solitude but make no mistake, black metal is still the backbone and this band still rules. Next up is the anomaly called Waste of Space Orchestra comprised of heavy hitters (look them up) that teamed up for the psych metal / mind-bending / thought provoking Syntheosis which is as epic in music as it is in scope and themes, go and experience this. Moving along, if you’re a fan of Zimmers Hole you will be a fan of West of Hell (if you’re not already) and on Blood of the Infidel Chris Valagao’s voice is still a metal treasure and the thrashing good time just doesn’t quit. Can’t let this one end without giving a shout out to Periphery who pretty much fly a middle finger to all the broisms of metal on Periphery IV: Hail Stan – try to look at that and not see Satan. But more than that, this is their heaviest release to date while still clutching the grandiose feel of Coheed & Cambria.

Enter below and enjoy all that is this week. And, do feel free to comment with all the “2019 blows thus far” or “what are you smoking” and I’ll be over here cranking the likes of Moon Tooth, Venom Prison, Mastiff, WOORMS, so on and so forth, so loud that I can’t hear your whining. Continue reading

CANTO: Sleep, Periphery, ASG, and More

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Photo Credit: Dana (Distortion) Yavin / Huffington Post UK

Friday’s Friday.

  • Sooooo Sleep did something Sleep would do and dropped (will drop) a surprise new album on 4/20. It’s called The Sciences.
  • Periphery left Sumerian Records. Based on label owner Ash Avildsen’s reaction, it sounds like it went… well.
  • The Boston Marathon was Monday. The dude that won? Super into BabymetalFun fact of the day.
  • ASG dropped a new song ahead of the release of their first album in like… I don’t know a long time. This is “Survive Sunrise” off of Blood Drive (out June 13th.)

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Donuts & CANTO: Maryland Deathfest, Converge, Cannibal Corpse and more!

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July 26, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:

    • Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the second wave of lineup additions for its 2018 edition. Some of the more notable acts in this round? HelmetToday is the DayMaster’s HammerKhemmis and a bunch more. Check out the full list here.

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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 51

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The guys discuss news of Nails‘ sudden, unforeseen hiatus, then celebrate the incredible success of Iron Maiden‘s Book of Souls world tour. Plus, new albums from Denouncement Pyre and Hammers of Misfortune, and Dan raves about the new Netflix series, Stranger Things.

All that and much, much more in Episode 51, so check it out!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan

Initial Descent: July 22, 2016

Revocation Band
Revocation

Holy shit, it’s another big week for metal albums. Where do you even begin with this stuff? Okay,well, you know where we’re going to begin with this stuff just by looking at the picture above — with Revocation, of course. The band one of the best logos in metal — which they inexplicably decided to omit from their new, sixth album, Great Is Our Sin. Oh well. What else?

How about a new album from Hammers of Misfortune, which might just have my favorite cover art of the year so far? And how about one from Denouncement Pyre? And one from Profanatica? Hell, even Periphery and Black Crown Initiate drop some new material today. In short, I’ve got a lot of listening to get to — so I’m going to cut this intro off right about meow. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
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