Best of 2016: Vincent Martinek’s List

Nine Circles Best of 2016 Standard

Hey all. This has been a great year for music, made better because I got to share so much of my thoughts about what I was hearing with you, alongside the rest of the Nine Circles crew. It’s been a pleasure to work with some of the most talented people I’ve had the honor to know. Thanks to Dan and Corey for getting me started, to Josh Stewart for being a phenomenal editor, and to all the amazing people I do this with whose writing inspired me to better my own. Here’s to many more. And now that the sap is out of the way, on to the tunes.

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Initial Descent: March 11, 2016

accuser band

I’m starting this off with a picture of Germany’s Accuser, because there’s not a TON else coming out today — and I’m sure as hell not about to lead with a picture of Killswitch Engage. Who, yes, still exist and who, yes, are also dropping a new album today. Oh well. We’ve also got a new split from Panopticon and Waldgefluster, as well as a reissue from Auroch, so get ready to dig your teeth in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, March 11:
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Album Review: Voidnaga – “Demo MMXVI” (EP)

VoidnagaAs the field of black/death metal grows more crowded and more bands are bent on creating vibes of total destruction with their music, it’s easier as a listener to become desensitized to the blastbeating, the churning tempest of ugly riffs, and the bestial vocals. As is the trend with any sound that is on an upward trajectory to popularity, the gems of blackened death metal must be dug out from the bottom, underneath all of the hype and crafted press releases. Malaysian one-man project Voidnaga‘s first demo, simply titled Demo MMXVI, hardly carries the usual connotation of a “demo” — it is an absolute bulldozer of a release with potent songcraft that, although not earning points for originality, is more than sufficient to please listeners with it ritualistic ugliness.  Continue reading