Embracing the Descent: April 7 – 13, 2019

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Welcome back to another edition of Embracing the Descent and another opportunity to catch some molten nuggets from this week’s incoming metal. If it’s your first visit, we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason and maybe, from time to time, a week behind but who’s counting. We won’t be hitting everything because no one wants to read a 40 – 60 entry piece and who’s got that kind of time anyway. Don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. Before you go, leave us a comment if you have thoughts or gripes or something we should be listening to.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 7 – 13, 2019

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Inter Arma

I was in a bus full of 50 screaming kids over the weekend so EXCUUUSE me for blasting all this week’s metal and downing all the cabinet bourbon. What’s up this week? Plenty, so read on good readers…

First up is Inter Arma who have seemingly found that elusive door to hell on Sulphur English. Seriously, between the nihilistic doom and devilish chants you’d think ol’ Beezlebub himself might have tracked this thing straight from his lair. Next up is black metal juggernauts Waldgeflüster who get weirdly chanty and folky on Mondscheinsonaten but it really is another outstanding notch in the belt of a band that has made their name residing outside the normal lines of black metal. Moving right along, NJ’s Hath capitalizes on the promise of their last EP with the insane death metal full length Champ du Sang, expect these guys to be large and in charge based on this. And, rounding out the top slots is Vous Autres who saw some action in a recent feature of ours (link contained below) but now offer Champ du Sang on physical format so there’s no excuse not to pick up this beast of blackened sludge, trust me (and Zyklonius) here: it rules and hard.

Get in there and get some. Plenty of good stuff this week so no excuses. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 73 (03.30.2019)

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You might have noticed brother Vincent is away on some business. He’s off fighting demon hordes and stealing souls…I kid, I kid. But there’s no doubt that when he returns, he’ll be regaling us with all the killer beer he’s had and all the earsplitting metal he listened to whilst slaying the road. Anyway, it’s SATURDAY folks – we made it! If you missed anything here this week, go back and catch up. For now though, we’ve got another good playlist of tunes to help make the weekend better and you know what to do. Right? Surely by now you do? I mean, 73 editions of this thing… you got this. Now, GO.

– Josh

CANTO: In Flames, Fire in the Mountains, At The Gates, and More

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On a Friday? In this economy?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Interview: Winterherz of Waldgeflüster on “Ruinen”, Nature, and a Full Lineup

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Waldgeflüster

Germany’s Waldgeflüster began their journey in 2005 and is the sole creation of Winterherz. Up until 2014 he was the only full time member but that didn’t stop him from creating three full lengths of scathing yet earthy and emotionally charged black metal. With each successive release the band’s sound grew larger in scope and deeper in feel as Winterherz is not content to make the same album twice. Ruinen was released last October and is not only immense in scope but stands as the band’s finest album to date, it found its way onto numerous end of year lists and rightfully so. The way Waldgeflüster successfully marries raw black metal with a modern, melancholic sound and feel is truly second to none. We recently had a chance to talk with Winterherz about the new album, how the full lineup affected dynamics, nature as it relates to this particular band and much more. Find out what he had to say after the jump. Continue reading