Initial Descent: November 13 – 19, 2022

-(16)- image courtesy of Chad Kelco

In case you were wondering, American democracy and voting are still a broken piece of shit. But, as some blues artist said: “no, I’m doing alright” and that is basically a good way of saying all my fucks to give are long gone. ANYWAY…we’ve got some good metal in store for this new release Monday which is why you came so…-(16)- are back with a barnburner of sludge and rock and metal and…just all that good stuff, Scars of the Flesh put forth what might be their best effort yet, deathsludgers Foehammer drop the damn hammer in a big way, Skythala get the black and death metal juices flowing like a blood spurt from an arterial vein, AND there’s a ton more that follows these four. So, you’ve got your investigative work cut out for you this week. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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Bryan Eckermann, Kobey Lange, and Derek Russell of Scars Of The Flesh on their new album “In Darkness Alone,” and much more!

Scars of the Flesh

Texas is known for a lot of things, and metal is one of those things. San Antonio in particular is home to none other than melodic black / death metallers Scars Of The Flesh who are about to release their third full length In Darkness Alone. Debut Harvest Of Souls was a barnburner and follow up Reaching Into The Void was a projectile of incendiary violence that far eclipsed the debut in many ways. In Darkness Alone stands to be the album that truly puts this band on the map with five brand spanking new tracks alongside four amazing cover songs that the band truly makes their own. Buke sat down with lead guitarist Bryan Eckermann, rhythm guitarist Derek Russell, and vocalist Kobey Lange to discuss the new album, how it came to be, and so much more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy. 

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Video Premiere: Scars of the Flesh — “Chant For Ezkaton”

It’s October and officially fall; time for the veil between the dead and the living to go extremely thin, and time for some new Scars of the Flesh…FINALLY! This Texas based melodic black / death metal band will be releasing their third full length, In Darkness Alone on November 18, but today Nine Circles is proud to bring you the lyric video premiere of “Chant For Ezkaton” which as you all know is a Behemoth cover off their 1999 album Satanica. Just as Behemoth did, Scars of the Flesh absolutely crush it and somehow make it their own, but we already knew they would. Give it a watch and listen directly below.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 250 (9.24.2022)

Well whaddaya know? We made it to 250. This is the 250th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist and since it’s our party we’ll invite who want to, you know?

So you’re gonna hear stuff like the new Venom, Inc. which is killing anything Cronos might be doing (although thanks for releasing the In Nominee Satanas set on CD) and Gaerea who just released a killer new record, as did the noise kings KEN mode. But that’s not all! How about some vicious preview tracks from the likes of Autopsy and Scars of the Flesh? Or maybe you’re feeling like it’s an indie weekend? We got you some older tunes by Pianos Becomes the Teeth and Catherine Wheel to soundtrack your vibe. Lest you turn away there’s still plenty of heavy to be had with music from Ashen, Aenaon, Ultar, and a bevy of classic metal tracks to close things out from the likes of DBC, Sodom, Morbid Angel and Vader.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.