The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 43 (6.4.2018)

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It feels like I went to sleep and the weekend is gone. Such is life. Anyway, tons of good stuff came out last week but then again there’s tons of good stuff out there period. Which brings us to today’s playlist of new, old and eclectic tunes to help get Monday underway. Along with a huge cup of coffee and this collection of tracks we’ll be busy for awhile and hope it helps you as well, even if by a little. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel here and we’ll be seeing you around the horn throughout the week.

Initial Descent: February 25 – March 3, 2018

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Crossing the threshold of March and this dumpster fire we’re living in just burns hotter and hotter with each new day it seems. Of course each of us can choose how we handle it but it’s infinitely difficult to crawl into a hole and just be. So, we turn to music for an escape. I’ve been doing it for eons and without it…well…I’d surely go insane. Another week and another long list of metal to keep the insanity at bay, thankfully. Kicking things off in grand fashion is Slugdge, the UK’s answer to some of the best progressive death metal you’re likely to hear in the foreseeable future on Esoteric Malacology and somehow this is even better than their last. Next up is Kentucky’s nihilistic and downright vicious doom duo Nest with their debut Metempsychosis. Moving right along with more soul crushing doom is Sixes¬†on their debut Methistopheles and rounding out the opening slots is Oceans of Slumber who do the opposite of crush your soul and instead invite you to search it on their progressive and intriguing The Banished Heart. Just those four alone offer shelter from the raging fires around us but there’s so much more to explore this week and just in time for the weekend. Score. Dive in and enjoy. Continue reading

Album Review: Sixes – “Methistopheles”

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Doom metal — at its most basic — uses slower tempos, downtuned guitars and mountains of feedback to produce a heavy yet thick sound. When properly combined and depending on each individual artist, these things evoke a sense of dread, despair and helplessness. Southern California’s Sixes not only successfully achieve this on their debut Methistopheles but they add aggressive sludge, abrasive vocals and even flurries of black metal to the mix. To say that Sixes are offering a litmus test in mental fortitude would be an understatement. And even though it can get long in the tooth, it showcases the capability of this genre to get under your skin and worm its way into your psyche. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 9 (9.18.2017)

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Good morning! Back on the Monday routine with this thing… Let’s see how long that lasts. This week’s sampling is a bit all over the map (nothing new there) and I personally included a couple of gems that filled my ears during this past weekend’s Reach the Beach relay. There’s just something amazing about blasting In The Woods… while you’re running along a painfully hilly stretch of road in New Hampshire’s mountains in the middle of the night… Anyway, I digress. Dive in there and have some fun. If you want to take the ol’ time machine back a few weeks, previous playlists can be found on our YouTube channel.

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