Initial Descent: December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022

I’m baaaack. Thanks to Brother Chris (aka The Necrolytic One) for taking the reins last week while I was recharging the batteries. How was Christmas? Get everything your heart desired? No? Well, while the pickings are slimmer this week than last, there’s still a couple worthy of that money you found stuffed in a card or two you may have received from someone who knew that cash is king, or from someone that barely knows you. And, since death metal had a banner year why not close it with two more exceptional picks… Swedeath from Wombbath and Aussiedeath from Hadal Maw. Don’t worry, there’s at least two more worthy of your time below, but I’ll let you figure out which ones for yourself. Happy New Year and stay tuned for more Best Of lists as we uncover more that you missed through 2021.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 200 (10.9.2021)

playlist - mixtape

Wow, two hundred of these things, huh? It may be a little early to break out the whiskey in celebration, but confetti and streamers should do nicely. Or maybe just more curated tunes instead. This time, we’ve got two generations of post-hardcore colliding on the new Seeyouspacecowboy… song, a classic Bloodbath jam from what is (IMHO) one of the more underrated Bloodbath releases, Marissa Nadler covering Metallica, and much more. Thanks for sticking with us.


Receiving the Evcharist: Wombbath and Beachwood Brewing Company

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hail and well met, friends!  It’s been a hot minute since this column was live, but I’ve got the tunes and the libations, and I think they both deserve a place to be talked about.  Let’s get into it.  This week’s offerings: Wombbath’s Tales of Madness and Beachwood Brewing Company’s Hayabusa Lager.

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Initial Descent: December 13 – 19, 2020

Akhlys – photo courtesy of Kuba Leszko

I know; lists, right? We’re in that season and you’ve probably read a ton and will read a ton more but this list is new stuff and if you’ll remember, last week I said the hits just continue to roll in. Now, I prove it with more of those new hits. Black metallers Akhlys are back to wreck the sleep/dream continuum as only they can, Wombbath and Pillory keep death metal brutal and nasty, and Grayceon offer something vastly different in the form of prog rock but as the album cover eludes, it’s got way more depth than just prog and rock. Yep, hits. And lots of them. Roll through all the goods below and go support as many as you can. You can also gift them to your friends and enemies since we’re in that season too, just a thought.

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Initial Descent: March 1 – 7, 2020

Scarab (photo courtesy of Omar Abou Doma)

Yep. Way late with this but life, folks. So, we’ll make it a ‘stuff that comes out today or already out’ kinda thing and we’ll hit the highlights to make it quick. Good chance if you happen to be out of the loop so here we go… Scarab hits all the right marks for astonishingly good Egyptian death metal. I mean, if Nile actually were from Egypt, I imagine this is what they’d sound like but all comparisons aside, Scarab stand firmly and violently on their own – go get this NOW. My Dying Bride make a return and it’s a splendidly beautiful, doomy return, Swedeath demons Wombbath are back in the Swesaddle and it hurts so good at high volume, and Pure Wrath offer up another beautiful album in the form of atmospherically epic black metal. Go find all the stuff you missed out on. See you back here in a few days. Continue reading