Best of 2018: Corey’s List

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Ah, yes. Here we are again. Yet another journey around the sun has given us reason to pause and reflect on how lucky we are to have, almost literally, an indefinite source of music and art to appreciate at any moment in time. In this case, the musical form known as heavy metal. Yes, even in our very defined place in the artistic world, there is an unending wave of inspired music that we endlessly celebrate, together, across the globe. Except… wait, metal internet is basically the worst and ruins everything, doesn’t it? Nevermind. Continue reading

Best of 2018: Zyklonius’ List

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Ah, 2018. What an absurd, exhausting and often infuriating ride you were, with death as my ubiquitous companion and co-pilot. You entailed on one hand a near-cataclysmic series of loved ones dying around me in rapid succession, while on the other, an ever-flowing stream of metal that helped make that maelstrom somehow survivable and acceptable for yours truly.

As you, the well-informed reader, likely noticed during the course of the year, and will see again when you read further below, 2018 was a banner year for death metal of all colors and shapes, but most and especially for the boundary-pushing kind that redefines and reconfigures the entire genre. Another type of metal that really resonated with me was one of transcendence and catharsis, of dreamlike journey, cosmic marvel and triumphant rebirth. Overall, the vast array of diverse evolutionary pathways, latest career pinnacles, and dazzling artistic growth and achievement in the field of metal was a compelling sight to behold and a wondrous thing to experience.

As further proof of the excellent and exciting state of metal today, albums worthy of inclusion in the below list continued to be released until the very final days of the year, resulting in perhaps the strongest December release-wise in recent memory.

With this succinct backdrop in mind, I offer the following 23 releases as a tribute to goddess Eris. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 32 (3.12.2018)

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Not sure about you but I’m still jamming Judas Priest’s Firepower and it still sounds freakin’ amazing. ICYMI, Chris discussed it right here. Come to think of it, there’s so many albums since January that I’ve yet to put down. Anyway, a new week dawns which means we’ve put together a whole new set of tunes we really dug into last week. Some new, some old and some not metal but they’re all good. So, grab that cup of joe — yes, that monster cup that occupies the biggest shelf in your cabinet — and hit the play button below. Also, don’t forget this is the last week of the giveaway for two vinyl copies of Fathers self-titled album, details on that here. Aaaand, subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Now, get after those tunes. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist – Slugdge and Skillet Donut Stout

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Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Slugdge’s Esoteric Malacology and Burial Beer Company’s Skillet Donut Stout. Continue reading

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