Initial Descent: December 9 – 15, 2018

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Deitus, photo courtesy of Nick Malone

It’s cold and that’s pretty much all I’ve got. Take that as you will. But, you know what warms me up? Another list of metal’s new releases — so, I’m in luck and you are too. Exactly what you are wondering…read on.

The UK’s Deitus return with their blasphemous second full length, Via Dolorosa, which finds the band leaning a little harder on the pure metal side of the black metal spectrum but still intense and still wildly entertaining. Next up, and another I, Voidhanger release, is Devil Worshipper on Music For the Endtimes and being that Ævangelist is in mastermind Matron Thorn’s wheelhouse, expect the same sort of extreme disdain for life, limb and existence as we know it on this debut. Moving right along, and with another D in the alphabet, is Dødsferd on Diseased Remnants of a Dying World which is Greece’s answer to raw black metal with a DSBM bent, and closing out the top slots is a Cronos fronted Venom on Storm the Gates so lay down your souls to the gods rock ‘n’ roll and get venomized — mileage may vary but it’s Venom so, there’s that.

I’m warmed…somewhat, but by the end of this list I’ll be toasty. Get in there and start a fire for yourself. Continue reading

CANTO: Venom, Five Finger Death Punch, A Perfect Circle, and More

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I resentfully put this post together tonight.

  • Venom are still doing things apparently. Not sure how I/we are just learning about this now, but their latest album, Storm The Gates, will be out December 14th via Spinefarm Records.
  • I like A Perfect Circle, I really do. But I don’t quite know why they covered AC/DC‘s “Dog Eat Dog”? I supposed it doesn’t really matter what I know. Give it a listen.
  • Five Finger Death Punch have announced their fill-in drummer: Charlie Engen of Scale The Summit. This is a good thing, he’s very talented.
  •  Here’s a video from something called Black Coast, which sounds kinda cool (the name, not the song – I haven’t listened to that yet). The track is called “Ill Minds” and it features on their new EP titled Ill Minds Vol 1 (Primordial Records).

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Josh Thieler’s Favorite Releases of 2017

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Its been a long time since I posted anything for Nine Circles. Of all the things 2017 has been for me, it has definitely been the busiest I’ve ever been. I joined more bands, recorded drums / vocals for other bands, art for my bands and other bands, PR for my bands and others, started a record label, and a bunch of other stuff. I miss being more active with Nine Circles but it looks like the current staff has been crushing it!

Anyway, the time has come for year end list. I love reading everyone’s lists and seeing what albums I might have missed or maybe need to check out again. I hope you find some new music in here you will enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 25 – October 1, 2016

Winterfylleth
Winterfylleth

Here we are at the dawn of October. One of the finest months of the year, obviously. What better way to kick it off than with a stacked list of metal that is as varied as the many horror movies you need to watch over the next 31 days. Anyway, Initial Descent knows you need it so, this week we have the amazing new album The Dark Hereafter from Winterfylleth, a jazzy avant-garde self titled debut from Brain Tentacles, Okkultokrati‘s Raspberry Dawn that is satan rock at it’s finest and of course Sorceress from everyone’s favorite target Opeth. For everyone still mad about the whole no death metal thing, news flash, they’re still great. Also Veilburner returns with their third full length of inherently evil and challenging black/death/experimental The Obscene Rite and Halshug cracks the earth in half with their brutal new album Sort Sind. Plenty here for you to enjoy so without further delay, get busy after the jump. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 23’s New Releases in Brief

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Hey, a wild Friday appeared! Some good stuff dropping this week — and I wonder how many more Fridays we’ll be able to say that about in 2015. (Bear in mind, there are only nine more!) But let’s not waste any more time here. VHÖL leads us off this week, but here’s what else we’ve got on tap:
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