Book Review: Jason Lief’s “Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West” by Jonathan Petkau of Domestikwom

Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred

We’re back with our slightly erratic series where Nine Circles is STILL very pleased to bring you book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The most recent post in this series features one man black metal/noise machine and occasional 9C contributor Jonathan Petkau of Domestikwom with his thoughts on Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred by Jason Lief.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 38 (4.23.2018)

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I was down for the better part of yesterday with off and on fever and generally just felt like death warmed over. As you can guess, this morning has been tons of fun so far. And I can’t even manage a decent cup of coffee — TONS of fun. Anyway, we’ve got another good playlist of songs we collectively jammed last week. The pickings have been strong so there’s no shortage of great music lately and this week’s list reflects that. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel here then hit the play button below. We’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Continue reading

Profile: George Ntavelas of Blackened Death Metal Destructors Demonic Obedience

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photo courtesy of Kruxator, edit by Nik Efimidis

Scotland’s Demonic Obedience may have never been the death / black metal freight train they are on their recently released third full length Fatalistic Uprisal of Abhorrent Creation. The band started in 2013 as The Deepest and played a more progressive style of death metal. But, within less than a year shifted their vision and have been a destructive force ever since. We recently roundtabled with mastermind and guitarist George Ntavelas with our set of Profile questions so head inside to get the scoop and support the band via the links contained. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 15 – 21, 2018

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Ghastly – photo courtesy of S. Kujansuu

Hard to keep track of all the things going on in the world and as time goes by it’s just as hard to keep up with your own corner of the world. After all these years I haven’t found that magic trigger that slows time but just as well…I guess. No, it’s not cryptic — it just is. A wise man once said “it is what it is.” Right on, dude. Anywhooo, new metal is why you came and that we have a lot of so let’s jump in. First up is the ever satisfying Finnish death metal in the form of Ghastly on Death Velour, Finnish and death metal are a match made for each other, nuff said. Next is Pinkus Abortion Technician from the always reliable Melvins, here we have some mash ups and reimaginings from the vets of sludge / noise / rock — reliable and great. Moving along is Siege Bondage Adverse to the Godhead from Dagger Lust which proves to be the most cohesive their brand of noise and extreme metal has been thus far. Last up top is the blackened death metal of Demonic Obedience on Fatalistic Uprising of Abhorrent Creation and even though I cringe at “blackened,” these guys get it absolutely right and it sounds amazing. As you know by now we are not ones to leave you hanging at just four albums, so get in there and take in the rest of this massive list. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Superstition and Drake’s Black Robusto

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Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Superstition’s Surging Throngs of Evil’s Might and Drake’s Brewing Company’s Black Robusto.     Continue reading