Initial Descent: September 20 – 26, 2020

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Oh hi. Last week’s list was long but this week’s list is longer. Score. Annnnnd, we’re off… The Ocean has yet to release anything less than stellar and this week’s second Phanerozoic chapter is no exception—expect another epic tour-de-force. If you’re in the camp of saying how much Uada sounds like x band or y band, this week’s third full length will change that as they reach far outside the confines of just black metal and come up with all aces. Speaking of great third full lengths, Svalbard return with what might be their finest post-metal, punk, abrasive yet ethereal moment to date, the amount this band has grown in a short time is unbelievable. Bringing the top four to a close, we have yet another third full length from Lik who bring the Swedeath HEAT. So, exceptional top four here but there’s a ton more to seek out immediately below. Happy hunting.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 141 (8.8.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist.  Today, we’ve got the new Gojira single for you, alongside other new cuts from Primitive Man, Black Crown Initiate,  Uada, and Incantation.  And you know there’s plenty more in there that you’ll like, so jump in below and get your morning started right.

– Vincent


CANTO: Uada, Judicator, Amaranthe, and More

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“Army of liberation, gunpoint indoctrination. The fires of sedation fulfill the prophecy.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 42 (5.28.2018)

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Happy Memorial Day everyone. Another MDF rolled by this weekend and from what I could tell, it looked like a good time was had by all. However, neighboring Ellicott City was struck by devastating floods and we hope the best for everyone involved. We’ve got another playlist of tracks we’ve been listening to and whether you’re working or sitting at home, there’s something here for everyone. Don’t forget to follow our YouTube channel then head directly below for your weekly dose. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 20 – 26, 2018

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Uada

I’ve been experimenting with some bottom shelf bourbons as of late. Most of which should just stay at the bottom but I have found a couple of real gems that will be occupying space in my cabinet until everyone else finds out about them and they quadruple in price. And no, I’ll not tell. Anyway, if experimenting with new things is something you do we have a treasure trove of new metal this week. Kicking this list off is Oregon’s melodic black metallers Uada with their second full length Cult of a Dying Sun and they’re still melodic, still crushing but with an extra pinch of experimentation. Next up is Witch Mountain with their first full length since acquiring a new vocalist and yes, she KILLS IT so check out Witch Mountain and see how good their bluesy doom really is. Moving along is Svalbard with their, vicious hardcore / black metall..ish sound and a very important message in regards to the times we live in, new album It’s Hard To Have Hope — not only is the music a kick to the face but the message is a kick in the pants to dust yourself off and fight the good fight. Last up in the opening slots is New Hampshire’s technical (NOT TECH) death metal band Unflesh with their debut Savior which is not just technical but melodic in all the right places AND it’s a ton of fun so hopefully these guys will get signed soon. There you have it, the opening four. But — you guessed it — we have much more in store so stick around. Cheers! Continue reading