Profile: Denver, Colorado’s Hydraform


No doubt some truly amazing metal has come out of Denver, Colorado over the years and although Hydraform is not a new name from this scene, they are still a young band with one full length and one recently released, self-titled, EP under their belts. Their sound falls comfortably between accessible modern metal and cranial prog which allows them to set deep hooks early then dazzle with intricate technicality and groove. We recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions and as you read through their responses you’ll get a feel for where they are coming from and how their influences shape their sound. Be sure to hit the links contained within to show them some support.
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CANTO: Venomous Concept, Ihsahn, Falling In Reverse, and More


“Complete the shadow’s circle, to become all that you are. Surrender to the darkness, to shine just like a star.”

  • Falling In Reverse released a new track called “Carry On” that was originally recorded during the 2017 Coming Home sessions. You can stream it here if you feel so inclined.
  • Moving in a different stylistic direction, Venomous Concept also released a new track titled “Eliminate”. That one is taken from their upcoming full-length, Politics Versus The Erection, which is out August 28th through Season of Mist.
  • Ihsahn is hinting at something here. If I were to take a guess, I would say (and strongly hope) we are getting the follow-up EP to Telemark, which dropped earlier this year.
  • And we will mix things up with some Swiss metalcore to round out the evening. This is End of Silence with the new video for “Edge Of The Road”, taken from 2019’s Sail To The Sunset. Give it a watch below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: July 12 – 18, 2020


I know you missed me yesterday. Or, was it the new metals? Ah yes, the new metals; that you did indeed miss, more than me. Anywho, as usual, we’re overflowing with good picks so let’s get to it… back in 2017 Finland’s Väki put out a blistering EP of fierce yet cold black metal and with this week’s debut full length they up the ante in almost every aspect—expect utter chaos. The Czech Republic’s Oči Vlka offer up a scathing demo that defies any sort of easy categorization and it’s out on Caligari so you know it’s quality, Battalions continue their sludgy ass-kicking trajectory, and Mystras form of black metal is as fascinating as one might expect coming from Ayloss who you may know from Spectral Lore. So, several winners already and many, many more to follow. Enjoy. Continue reading

CANTO: Mastodon, Black Magnet, Sentencia, and More


I guess I’m back in the regular routine again. How exciting.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 137 (7.11.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist.  Thing get weird this week as we throw at you a witches’ brew of prog, war metal, pop-punk, acoustic folk, and just about anything else you can think of.  We like to keep it interesting around these parts.  Take a listen, as always, at the link below.



– Vincent