Initial Descent: November 25 – December 1, 2018

Master
Master

Food coma anyone? If you’re in the states you know what I’m talking about and if not you’re all the better for it. Just as waistlines are expanding so is the quantity of releases vying for that ‘before the end of the year’ release date. Good for us. Exactly what, you’re wondering? Read on…

With the exception of a few small spots in time, Master has been around for 35 years and are still here and still kicking all kinds of death metal ass on their fourteenth full length Vindictive Miscreants, so get on that. Just in time for the much needed slow and low feeling after massive amounts of food last week, Psychlona give us rolling rhythms of fuzzed out desert rock on Mojo Rising. Blackened death metal and 90s era thrash collide on Fireborn, the debut EP from Aempyrean, and Bane offer up more blackened death metal on Esoteric Formulae but melodicism takes a front seat on this one.

Jump in face — or belly — first to this week’s offerings and we’ll be seeing you, here, throughout the week. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 57 (11.24.2018)

playlist - mixtape

I AM THE CAPTAIN NOW.

In less threatening words, hello readers!  You might recognize me as your drinking buddy, who brings you album and beer pairings every Friday that I am not infected with E. Coli.  Since I’ve been focusing on writing shorter reviews for the site this year, I’ve been thinking of more ways I can contribute outside of long-form writing.  Our weekly mixtape is one of my favorite things we’ve added to the site; it’s fun to be able to give our readership a kind of behind the scenes look at what we’re all jamming in our spare time without the necessity of deadlines shaping our listening habits.  So, I staged a coup-de-grace and snatched control of the column away from our editor, but in a nice way that actually helps him, because Josh is a very busy man.  Thanks to him for being gracious in defeat, and to you for reading this.  I hope you find something good to jam out to here, and if not, there’s always next week.  Enjoy Volume 57, friends.

– Vincent

Profile: Desert Rock Fuzzsters Psychlona

Psychlona

England might not be the first place anyone would think of when conjuring sights and sounds of fuzzed out desert rock but that’s exactly what Psychlona offer up on full length, Mojo Rising. Their shared love of Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Hawkwind and Sabbath comes through in spades, which isn’t new territory, but it’s the way the band puts this amalgamation together that makes it sound so damn good. It’s a psychedelic ride across a heated desert in a chop top rat rod with a skull shifter, nitrous button and the devil in the passenger seat pushing the journey towards redline. It’s amazing how well Psychlona capture the energy and ethos of desert rock here but furthermore how they effortlessly slide in some well placed doom and fuzz for good measure. Alongside Mojo Rising’s release date, we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions to get a look behind the scenes so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading