Initial Descent: January 20 – 26, 2019

Carnal Forge 2018
Carnal Forge

Good morning, you wicked and divine souls.  Through the magic of WordPress admin rights it only looks like Josh is putting up this week’s Initial Descent.  But in truth it is I, Old Scratch, the Devil himself who has taken over the reins of this post to give you the latest upcoming releases.  Don’t worry: Josh is bound and gagged in the corner with a dozen botflies to keep him company…

Carnal Forge has risen from my depths to vomit forth Gun To Mouth Salvation, their first blast of evil thrash since 2007.  Oh, it is a delicious slice of metal pie!  Do your appetites skewer more…foul?  Then prepare yourselves for Of Worms, a cemetery slab of death doom from Seattle’s Foul bleeding forth on cassette from Caligari Records.  But maybe the death doom doesn’t move you?  You prefer your metal with more noise and static, the better to hear the voices I implant in your head?  Well, Sofy Major have returned from their black mass rituals to take a total dump on you with their new album…uh…Total Dump.  Seriously, I have been playing this to the investment bankers and hedge fund managers we keep in the Fifth Circle of Hell and it elicits the most exquisite screams of agony.  Finally, when I need a little rest and relaxing from all the torture and crossroad bargains I like to cozy up with the latest post-metal goodness from Mono, whose latest Nowhere Now Here lets a little light into this dark and dreary home.

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Profile: B.R. of Blackened Death Metallers Aempyrean

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India’s Aempyrean released their death thrashing EP Fireborn late last year and the tremors of said EP can still be felt. Yea well, that was probably over the top but in all seriousness, these five tracks are savagely divine. Plus, any band that can pull off a wicked, top shelf cover of Morbid Angel’s “Chapel of Ghouls” on their debit outing gets a serious vote in my book. For those that like their death and thrash metal blackened and uncompromising, Fireborn is the cure. We recently had the chance to ask vocalist B.R. our set of Profile questions so head below to see what he had to say and if you missed out in December, now’s your chance to rectify that with the links included. Continue reading

Video Premiere: Lord – “La Fleur Du Cobalt”

Lord - Desperation Finds Hunger In All Men

Virginia’s Lord will be releasing their newest effort, Desperation Finds Hunger In All Men, on August 24 via Heavy Hound Records but today, Nine Circles is proud to present the video premiere of “La Fleur Du Cobalt.” In the event their past work was missed, sludge is the topic but with Lord it certainly is not the end all be all; heavy handed rock and thrash helps pave the way for their all too real lyrical content. It has an air of a group well seasoned in dealing with the topics they cover which makes this album, and their previous efforts for that matter, so much heavier than simply calling it sludge or thrash or whatever the tag of the day might be. Divert your eyes and ears directly below. Continue reading

Profile: Gisele Marie Rocha and Marcos Henrique of Heavy Metallers Eden Seed

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Eden Seed – Photo Courtesy of Vitoria Mantovani

Based out of São Paulo, Brazil and being the first heavy / thrash metal act to be recorded my a Muslim woman guitarist, Eden Seed just released their debut Age of Creation. The band seemingly don’t adhere to any set of rules as this debut is a pillar of heavy metal laced with a healthy dose of thrash and progressive elements that recalls many of metal’s most revered bands but sits comfortably in today’s landscape. Just behind this album’s release we had the chance to sit down with guitarist Gisele Marie Rocha and drummer Marcos Henrique with our set of Profile questions to get a better understanding of what they are all about. Their answers are astounding and deserve your attention so read on to see what they had to say. Don’t forget to support the band with some Bandcamp love via the embed contained within.

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Best of 2017: Chris’s Honorable Mention List

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Hello there, online metal community.  How you holding up?  List fatigue setting in yet?  If so sorry: this is in no way going to help. My first year writing for Nine Circles resulted in listening to over 500 albums – I won’t even begin to pretend they all got a fair shake, but they all got at least one listen.  The sheer glut of music that passed through my ears was like an awakening, helping me to better understand what it was music did for me, what I needed it to do for me.  I found albums that mesmerized on first listen only to fade quickly, and albums I initially dismissed only to find their hooks in me months later, and it’s these surprise revelations that keep me listening, keep me writing, and keep me so engaged with this beast we call metal.

You’d think doing a Top 25 would be sufficient to cover all the bases, but it feels like it doesn’t even make a dent into the great music that sustained me over the course of the year.  And so, if you’ll indulge me, here’s an extra 15 albums that warrant honorable mention.  Think of them as #26-40 (hey, if Decibel can do it…), in any order you like, though they’re alphabetical below.  Let’s dig in…   Continue reading