Column: The Best Era to Be A Metalhead

Best Era To Be A Metalhead Mark M

I am honored to join the Nine Circles team and the superb work they’re doing covering metal. I visit their site every week in my never-ending quest for heavy, ugly, gorgeous music.  I’m hoping to add some periodic banter about the state of metal in 2017, and the journey of being a lifelong metal fan.

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: A Group Review of Couch Slut’s “Contempt”

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As y’all know, we here at Nine Circles were pretty big fans of Couch Slut‘s first album, My Life as a Woman. (Or maybe you didn’t know that, I dunno.) Either way, that album — released just under three years ago on the now-defunct Handshake Inc. label — established the band, and vocalist Megan Osztrosits in particular, as a filthy, aggressive force in the New York scene and beyond. (Certainly in our Bandcamp collections, that’s for sure.)  Continue reading

Profile: M. Chvasta of Dead Register

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Dead Register

When Atlanta GA’s Dead Register released their full length debut Fiber last year it was a runaway hit that literally no one saw coming. It’s an amalgamation of doom, goth, rock and new wave that hits hard and leaves an instant impression. It landed on many ‘best of 2016’ lists and was covered in these very pages, so it definitely resonated across the board. As of last month the band released a black vinyl version and Throne Records released a translucent sea-blue with sea foam speckles version — with that this album finally gets the treatment it so deserves. With this physical issue just in the rearview mirror we got the chance to ask M. Chvasta (vocals, bass) our set of Profile questions and as you will see he was straight to the point with his answers. Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Maryland Deathfest, Converge, Cannibal Corpse and more!

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July 26, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:

    • Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the second wave of lineup additions for its 2018 edition. Some of the more notable acts in this round? HelmetToday is the DayMaster’s HammerKhemmis and a bunch more. Check out the full list here.

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Album Review: Temple of Void – “Lords of Death”

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There’s more to the death/doom hybrid than just slowing your roll every once in a while.  Taking that level of ferociousness and consistently landing in the pocket of groove (which I envision as being made of leather and studded, and capable of holding multiple invisible oranges) is essntial.  It’s something bands like High on Fire excel at, being able to stay loose and dirty even as guitars, bass, and drums lock seamlessly to pummel you to the ground, and with their second album Lords of Death it’s safe to say Temple of Void are on their way to those same hallowed heights.   Continue reading