Initial Descent: November 29 – December 5, 2020

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Turkey day came and went and how much did you gain? Was it worth it? For me, yes. Granted it wasn’t the same as years past but it was still epic in the sense of amazing home cooked goodness. Hopefully you all experienced similarly. And for those of you reading this that don’t celebrate, I hope you had a good Thursday anyway. Alright then, new metal time and this week we’ve got a new one from Necrolytic Goat Converter and while this is black metal it is an extremely personal outing from our very own Chris Voss which we are extremely proud of so please, get on this asap. Next up we’ve got an ass kicking EP from Soilwork, an incredible split between psych grungers Ghost:Hello and noise metal’s new saviors Night Goat, and a filthy death metal entry from Undergang that’s sure to please the old guard purists. Do all of those and all of the rest in this lengthy list. Enjoy.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 102 (10.26.2019)

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Welcome to a special s p o o k y Saturday edition of the Nine Circles Playlist.  To celebrate the fact that Halloween is right around the corner, we decided to include not only the songs we’ve been jamming this week, but also some of the staff’s favorite horror movie clips.  If you’ve ever wanted to get even further into the minds of the people who write for this site, that you’ve come to know and love (hopefully), then today’s your lucky day.  Or who knows, maybe you just want something that’ll scare you senseless first thing in the morning.  It be like that sometimes.

Thrills, chills, and a whole lot of riffs await you below.

– Vincent

Best of 2017: Cole’s List

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Many of you know Cole from Twitter (@KVLTland) or maybe you know him from his Columbus Scene Report, but either way he’s back with his picks of 2017. In lieu of a list he decided to go the video route, and he’s wearing a killer shirt, so without further ado here’s Cole…

With 2017 being a salty, wretched year as far as social norms go, the year did however provide us with a light from heaven (or hell) in the music department. Being granted the ability to transport myself outside my city, I was able to go to shows to see some of my favorite bands in the city of Atlanta, GA. With one show in particular as an honorable mention in my video, this year has brought me closer to metal than any year of my life, which is a HUGE win. If you enjoyed my EOY List For 2017, don’t forget to hit the “Like” button and subscribe to my channel for future content. Continue reading

Best of Q3: Manny-O-War’s List

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Here we are at the end of September. Another three months (or “quarter” as financially successful people refer to it) gone. Some high-quality releases were once again dumped upon the masses by some bands willing to take risks and explore new sounds. While not all of it was exceptional (or even listenable) some will be involved in a tight battle for a shot in the year’s top nine. Continue reading

Album Review: Undergang – “Døden Læger Alle Sår”

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This third album, Døden Læger Alle Sår, from Danish death metal band Undergang, was one of those albums that I didn’t expect to like when I first heard it. But I was giving the album a cursory listen well before I decided to review it, and the immediacy of the album really struck me. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to hear anything through the jumble of low end, but it turns out that there are some great moments on this record—instantly accessible due to the semi-traditional version of death metal Undergang play.  Continue reading