Initial Descent: April 26 – May 2, 2020

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Abrams – photo courtesy of Mike Goodwin

Uncharted times, folks. Who knows what the right answer to any of this is or will be but I do know there’s a whole list of new metal to uncover so let’s do it. For those of you that like some rock to go with your metal, Abrams returns with their third full length and it’s heavy on the good time jams perfect for whatever you’re doing. Symphonic extreme metal gets a HUGE shot in the arm with Foretoken‘s debut, Pyre roll the death metal dice and come up with doubles, and Black Pestilence fire a shot of blackened punk amongst the masses. So, four really good albums up top and a slew of more down below. Enjoy it! Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 126 (4.25.2020)

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It’s Playlist Saturday again.  Hail Playlist Saturday.  This week, I’m bringing the new Ulthar jam to the table, Anton contributes the new one from Spain’s Aversio Humanitatis, and Angela freshens things up with some new Fiona Apple.  All this, and more, at the link below.

– Vincent

Album Review: Green Bastard – “Pyre”

Green Bastard - Pyre

In 2012, an international team of scientists began preparations to mount a massive expedition to drill past the Earth’s crust in order to reach the mantle; seeking a way, in their words, to “grind their way through ultra-hard rocks.” If the approximate $1 billion budget is approved they could begin as early as the 2020s. And if this for-now theoretical expedition manages to achieve their goal, I suspect they will find the rumbling giant that is the bottom end of Pyre, the debut from New Hampshire’s new sludge/doom lords Green Bastard. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov… Russia!

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If you’ve been wondering (and I’m sure you have, attentive reader) why I tend to cover older releases instead of the latest and hottest promos, it’s because I prefer to spend a lot of time with a band or record before I form an opinion on it. Simply put, I prefer knowing one artist’s discography through and through to listening to ten CDs by different respective bands.

This list of personal favourites from Russia illustrates just that. It may not offer the most diverse, all-encompassing collection of bands from the country, but every band that’s on there is one I can recommend wholeheartedly. Continue reading