Best of 2019: Chris’s List

Best of 2019

Fourth verse, same as the first?  Or second, or third for that matter?

This is my fourth End of Year List for Nine Circles, and the more the music changes, the more the sentiment stays the same.  With each new dance partner our hands clasp; our eyes lock and I see and hear and ask the same thing:  What does this do for me?  What does it mean?  Why this, and not something else?

I tried to spend this year answering those questions, particularly the last one.  In a year where I finally acknowledged that – while still important and cherished – metal was no longer the driving musical force in my life, I wanted to understand why the metal that I was drawn to impacted me.  What was it about the way this riff, or that vocal line, or that lyric touched me in a way maybe some other song, track, or album didn’t? Continue reading

Embracing the Descent: March 17 – 23, 2019

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We’ve been regular here on Embracing the Descent but for first time visitors or those with short memories and/or attention spans; this is where we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason. We say handful since going all in for 40 – 60 albums just ain’t happening. Since that brief reminder is out of the way, let’s jump into a few from this week and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. And do leave us a comment if you have thoughts or gripes. Continue reading