Initial Descent: May 13 – 19, 2018

Amorphis
Amorphis

I won’t bore you to death with whatever sentiment I had on my mind because this is a week of new releases that deserves your full attention. Much. Good. Stuff. Leading things off are two legendary bands that combined, not counting a few bumps in the road, have 56 years of experience between them. The first of which, Amorphis, return with their melodically inclined heavy metal on Queen of Time and in my hours upon hours of listening to it since yesterday I firmly believe this is some of their best work. Yea, tall order I know, just give it a spin. Second up is At the Gates on To Drink From the Night Itself which took a little more time to really get into but the second half of this thing is a full on blast of epic proportions and “In Death They Shall Burn” is one of the best songs they’ve done in ages. Two great albums from two great legends BUT there’s more — The King Is Blind dropped an out of nowhere demo on us, The Ides of March, and their brand of grind/death/doom just gets better and more extreme as they age. (Guys, put a purchase option on the bandcamp page, PLEASE). Last up in the top slots is Seattle’s The Dark Red Seed with their debut full length Becomes Awake, dark folk hits me square in the right spot and this album has done that in spades. Killer opening with these four but there’s many more that are just as good waiting below. Enjoy and we’ll see you on the flip-side. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 8 – 13, 2017

Enslaved
Enslaved

Good bourbon and good metal go hand in hand. Either can strike a chord immediately or simmer over time as layers and nuances are slowly peeled back. However, it’s pure magic when you can experience both at the same time but I digress, there’s a ton of metal to cover today so, shall we? Leading us off this week is the triumphant return of black metal giants Enslaved with their fourteenth full length E and whether immediate or over time, this album is astounding. Next up, Spectral Voice‘s debut Eroded Corridors of Unbeing is a hefty beast of a death metal album that fully warrants the attention it has received. Moving along, grind / death / doomsters The King Is Blind return with their second full length We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer and heavy handedly topple their debut and closing out the opening slots, Gloam offer up an exceptional EP, Death is the Beginningthat pushes their brand of black metal even further with a hint of thrash and doom. With all that said, it would be a great week with just those four but we are a long way from being done — so get after it… Continue reading

Album Review: The King Is Blind – “We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer”

The King is Blind - We Are the Parasite We Are the Cancer.

Heavy is a subjective term when it comes to metal fans and, as such, largely depends on the listener. What’s heavy to one may not be to another, and don’t even get me started on “status quo” because honestly that’s boring as hell. Regardless of where you stand on it, heavy is precisely what The King Is Blind have up their sleeve on sophomore full length We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer and it’s not just in their rugged music but also in their continuing message of religion, death, destruction and how all this affects the world as we know it.  Continue reading

Profile: Steve Tovey of ‘The King is Blind’ and ‘File XIII’

thekingisblind

Steve Tovey is, as his name implies, a wonderful man from across the pond. He’s invovled in a million project. Most notably, his band The King is Blind (which you can listen to here) and his metal metal site File XIII (which you can view here). Please note that the British grammar is intentional. It’s a policy here at Nine Circles that we allow our friends from the United Kingdom to stay loyal to the crown and spell stuff in a weird way. Continue reading