Black/Death Metal Round-Up: Blood Harvest Records

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Brutal denizens of the impending apocalypse, welcome to another Round-Up on Nine Circles!  This time, we feature a label that hardly needs an introduction to seasoned metallers: Blood Harvest Records. We cover five releases in black/death metal here. So without further ado, let’s get started with the first band. Ready, get set, get slaughtered! Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 13, 2016

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Ladies. Gentlemen. Friendly reminder that we are now just two short weeks away from Maryland Deathfest. And I’ll be damned if I’ve ever needed that weekend more. Your boy’s gonna get more than a little silly, I can promise you that.

But that’s two weeks from now. For now, it’s only May 13, and that means…actually, that means we’ve got some killer new metal dropping today. We start with Norwegian black ‘n’ rollers Kvelertak, who return with their third album, Nattesferd. (Is “black ‘n’ roll” still an appropriate label for them? Maybe not, but I also can’t think of a more fitting one.) We’ve also got a highly anticipated, single-song EP from Gorguts, a new album from Grand Magus and quite a bit more. So let’s take a look. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
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Album Review: Polyptych – “Defying the Metastasis”

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It’s not even June yet, but let’s go ahead and call it in the air: For those of us into music of the heavy and angry sort, 2016 is death metal’s year. While 2015 offered some scattered gems, death metal of all sorts just came roaring out of the gate from the beginning of 2016. Chicago-based Polyptych add to its formidable ranks with their third independent album, Defying the Metastasis, which continues the year’s progression in technical, forward-thinking death metal that is not short on brutal riffs, unorthodox songwriting, and an inventiveness that establishes them as a distinct voice in a very crowded (but excellent) scene.   Continue reading