Initial Descent: December 29, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Grin
Grin

Happy New Year, almost. Just think, 51 more of these and we’ll all be reading lists again. Oh wait, we’ve still got several so no worries. Will this year in metal eclipse the last one? Will this year be better than last year in terms of everything else? Is this the year that fire burns us all? So many questions with no answers, yet. Moving on, if you expected a slow week of releases you will not be disappointed but Germany’s Grin bring the haze, fuzz, and battle ready doom that the first week of a new year needs, and Spanish death metallers Unbounded Terror break the seal on their first new material in 28 years and based on how it sounds I’d say they’ve aged like a fine bottle of Pappy.

Go and support some of these bands and the bands you love. Enjoy a light week and catch up a bit, the road from here will get more adventurous as we careen deeper into 2020. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 15 – 21, 2019

Oak
Oak

By the time these albums come out I’ll be high atop a mountain peering through the fog and snow from my comfy spot in front of a fireplace. Needless to say, I can’t wait. And that goes for the mountain spot as well as these new releases. It is a shorter list this week but still packs quite the punch. Let’s do it. 

Members of Gaerea have cross pollinated into the death / doom realm with Oak and are so convincing I think they missed their initial calling, Ashen Horde are on a rampage this year with a cracking, early, full length and now a follow up EP full of the same cracking black and death metal, and Italy’s Daemoniac triumphantly throw their hat in the ring of Swedish death metal (Swedeath if you’re nasty). Now, go and show these bands some love. Continue reading

Album Review: In Thousand Lakes – “Evolution”

In Thousand Lakes - Evolution

If a band comes out with a name that reminds you of a country mainly known for its massive metal exports, two things come to mind: a) they’re from that specific country; or b) they’re paying tribute to the country in some way, whether through their instrumentation or through their songwriting. In Thousand Lakes‘ case, a band hailing from Spain, seems to fall into the second category, but they’re also (very pointedly) bringing loads of that sweet Swedish melodeath into the mix on Evolution. Continue reading

CANTO: DragonForce, Demons & Wizards, Golgotha, and More

dragonforce

Two day streak!

  • Let’s start with an update from Golgotha. The Spanish doomers are preparing to release their fourth album, titled Erasing the Past, through Xtreem Music. It will be out on October 22nd, and you can check out a new track called “Distorted Tears” right now. Spoiler alert: it be good.
  • I stumbled on this Demons & Wizards footage from Wacken Open Air 2019 and got super nostalgic. This is a performance of the track “The Gunslinger”. I need to get back to that festival some year. Ya know, now that I’m a wise old man and all.
  • I’m not sure if anyone is familiar with, or planning on attending, HorrorHound Weekend (September 6-8 in Indianapolis). But if you are, you’ll be able to catch John 5 performing that Saturday. 
  • Ya know what? Let’s cram another YouTube link in here. DragonForce dropped a new video for “Heart Demolition”, off of the upcoming Extreme Power Metal full length out on September 27th. Let’s watch it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: August 18 – 24, 2019

Sacred Reich
Sacred Reich

We do this every week and if your band or label wants to be included in future editions, or for other coverage, please reach out via ninecirclesblog@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you. Our contact info is on the main page as well but hey, we’re all about keeping it easy. New metal for a new week so let’s get to it…

We’ve got Sacred Reich with their first full length in 23 years and if there’s even a thought that they might miss a step, dispel it immediately as their thrash metal is as on point here as it ever has been and that album art is sooooo skate deck ready. Boston sludgers Leather Lung offer up their third full length and it’s a dirty, nasty scorcher, Swamp Coffin dig on Nola-esque sludge as well as seedy death metal on their debut EP, and Swedeath veterans Sorcery slice and dice with the fury of a runaway chainsaw on their fourth full length. 

All that and much more in store. Seek and destroy. Continue reading