Initial Descent: March 3 – 9, 2019

Sâver
Sâver

A couple of items to touch on from last week: If you missed “Black Brick” from Deafheaven, definitely rectify that and same for “12 Years In the Tomb” from Saint Vitus. They both rip and don’t @ me, all my shits to give are gone.

New business this week — and there’s plenty of it — starts with a rousingly heavy debut album, They Came With Sunlight, from Norway’s atmospheric sludge metal trio Sâver and for a young band, the sound here is massive and so meticulously created it took me completely by surprise. Next up is Rituals of Power from the destructive death metal denizens in Misery Index and even though it is, at times, disjointed and slightly off in sequence it still will cause bruised necks and damaged eardrums. Moving right along, Cloaked Climax Concealed may only be two tracks but the atmospheric death / doom 0N0 presents within is hallucinogenic, otherworldly, and all-encompassing at the same time. Last up top is the debut, Demiurgus, from the star-studded membership of Equipoise and based on the lineup, it’s no surprise to hear the vast, jaw dropping array of technical and progressive death metal they’ve conjured up – inject it straight in the veins.

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Josh Thieler’s Favorite Records of 2018

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2018 has been quite the year. It was a roller coaster personally, nationally, globally, and in the realm of metal. There are people that I loved that are gone now. There are people who are gone that I should have loved more. I failed a lot of people. I’ve struggled in so many ways. If you are curious about that, just listen to the last Slaves BC record or read any interviews I did during that release cycle. I got fatter, fitter, quit smoking, joined five or six more bands, did artwork for some bands, did PR for some others, and spent a lot (but never enough) of time with my wonderful wife and animals.

Anyway, I listened to a ton of music again in 2018. I didn’t get a chance to talk about any of it very much, but I listened to a ton. 2018 was another fantastic year for metal/hardcore/whatever. I’ve been altering this list for months and I had a real hard time narrowing it down as much as I did. Just like last year, I have compiled my favorite 50 full length metal/hardcore records, favorite 10 non-metal records, and my top 10 favorite EP’s/singles/etc.

I made this playlist with one track from each of the records that are on Spotify for you to listen to a sampling of everything below. Thank you for checking this out and here’s to a better 2019!

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Initial Descent: December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Feral
Feral

‘Tis the season for hopes and dreams (aka: new years resolutions) that fly by like memories on the hard drive of some tragic half human, half robot that’s been beat up and spit out over the course of too many attempts to recreate a life that once was. If you subscribe to this line of thinking, stick to it and see where it leads but don’t half-ass it. New metal? Yes, we got it and just in time after the big purge of eoy lists. What’s up this week? Read on…

Let’s get this started with a very late December release that trips the filthy, nasty  Swedeath trigger and while Feral isn’t reinventing the wheel on Flesh For Funerals Eternal they are keeping the stream everflowing. Vanha returns with an incredible sophomore effort on the mournfully dark Melancholia and brutal death metallers Meathook break a long silence with the fetid gore of Crypts, Coffins, Corpses – yes, it sounds exactly as the title suggests.

Quantity will return in the coming week or so but this is a great batch of releases to shake the holiday gluttony and get your head in the game for what’s to come. Sink below to kick off 2019 and don’t forget: if you commit, don’t quit. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Veilburner and Great Rhythm Dolce

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Here I be. Filling in again. Once again listening to an album I’ve never explored before whilst sipping on a beverage I also haven’t explored (recently). I’m not going to introduce this as elaborately as in past adventures, so let’s just jump right into it. Tonight we have Veilburner’s A Sire To The Ghouls Of Lunacy and Great Rhythm’s Dolce Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 23 – 29, 2018

Beaten To Death
Beaten To Death

Just beyond the Winter Solstice — shortest day of the year for those of you somewhat challenged by that — and new metal releases are in short(er) supply. No surprise really. But, that’s ok because we still have a few here that are more than worthy of cramming in your ear holes. What do we have? Read on to find out…

Slapstick grindcore innovators Beaten To Death return with Agronomicon and again hit us with an album that jars the senses while tugging at the funny bone – plus that album art, I’m 100% in for this one. Speaking of innovators, Veilburner continue to defy standard black and death metal with their jagged experimentations on A Sire To the Ghouls of Lunacy and the Ukraine’s Bölthorn let their viking death metal flag fly on Across the Human Path.

Since 2018 is all but in the rear view mirror, we here at Nine Circles want to thank you for continuing to stop by and see what we’re up to. There’s a ton of great outlets you can go to in order to get your metal fix but we sincerely appreciate all the visits you pay here! We all do this because we love the music and getting to share it with all of you is the icing on the cake. 2018 was a blast and 2019 will be even better. Now, get in there and taste the steel. Continue reading