Initial Descent: August 25 – 31, 2019

Necronautical
Necronautical

Mediocrity. The mother of all fails. We’ve all been guilty of it at some point; we get busy and things either fall by the wayside or we do just enough to tick off whatever task is in question. Make it a point to not be mediocre. Kick today, and life, right in the ass and own it. And keeping with that topic, there’s nothing mediocre about this week’s new metal as we’ve got new stuff from enthralling black metallers Necronautical, a major upgrade to the atmospheric post-black metal tag from Hope Drone, Wizard Rifle offers up unclassifiable but grade-A avantgarde metal wizardry, and Witch Vomit mine the cavernous depths of death metal extremely well.

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Initial Descent: January 13 – 19, 2019

woorms
WOORMS

Another week, in the middle of winter, has passed. It’s cold. It’s raining, again. Lots of stuff broke this week. I am not amused.

Thankfully WOORMS was there to spice it up a bit with Slake, aka: a twisted journey through nervous wrecks of unhinged sludge and doom with an enormous amount of originality and personality – YES. A self titled album generally signifies some sort of statement or change and in Barshasketh’s case it’s simple: between the drumming and atmosphere, Barshasketh is the most fully realized their second waveish black metal has ever sounded. Musmahhu’s Reign of the Odious was designed and built to pummel, and it does that very well with gnarly but cleanly produced death metal. So, if nothing else, gnarly and cleanly exist, together, in the same sentence. Last up top is Green Elder and Horse Cult with an AMAZING Split of some of the most beautiful Appalachian folk you’ve ever heard, highly recommended for listening and just life in general.

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Second Circle: WOORMS and Orchid

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

In sharing a common theme, Louisiana’s WOORMS and India’s Orchid are out there on the spectrum of tripping the light fantastic. One does it with mind melting sludge and noise while the other does it with mind challenging technical ecstacy in the form of the avantgarde and extreme. So, for this Second Circle we’re taking a look at Slake and Miasma and how it would be best to take both in separate listening sessions so complete brain corrosion is avoided. Continue reading

Profile: Southern New Jersey’s Swamp Sludgers Kolossor

Kolossor
Kolossor

Kolossor is a sludge metal trio from Southern New Jersey and even though they’ve only been around for two short years their membership shares experiences in likeminded juggernauts Swarm of Arrows, Wizard Eye and Meatplow. Suffice it to say they have plenty of experience in all things heavy and the proof is in the pudding, so to speak, as the band will be releasing their debut full length Crown of Horns later this week. It features ten tracks of swampy sludge metal atop a huge foundation of doom — great stuff to sink your teeth into. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to sit down with the band and ask them our set of Profile questions so keep reading to see what they had to say and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Crown of Horns for yourself. Continue reading

Premiere: Kolossor – “Wall of Sleep”

Kolossor - Crown of Horns

When thinking of sludge metal, southern New Jersey might not be the first place that comes to mind but Kolossor is out to change that with Crown of Horns, their full length debut which is set for release April 6 via Sludgelord Records. These ten tracks consist of three you may remember from their 2017 self-titled EP and the other seven build on their already established massively thick sound. It’s sludge and doom with a slight nod to stoner metal fuzz that rounds the edges out just enough to showcase their collective ability to dance around a gnarly groove. Today, Nine Circles is excited to premiere the third track, “Wall of Sleep” so head inside to check it out for yourself. Continue reading