Nine Circles is a team-run blog dedicated to heavy metal music of all types. Created by Corey Butterworth and Dan Kaplan, the site was born as Horns Up in April 2014 and has established itself as a broad look at the world of metal through news stories, album and concert reviews and much, much more. It’s irreverent, banter-filled coverage of the genre we know and adore.

Since being reborn as Nine Circles in March 2015, the vision has continued to shift to provide an ever greater array of content and the addition of a chaotically entertaining podcast known as The Nine Circles Audio Thing. At present day, Nine Circles now includes: unique columns, daily news recaps, reviews, profiles, interviews, podcasts, photography, and, of course, strong personalities and opinions.

Nine Circles is a constantly growing and evolving site that implements new content and writing styles regularly. While some of the guard has since ventured elsewhere in life, the Nine Circles soul remains intact.

If you’d like to pitch us on any content or if you are interested in joining our team, please feel free to email us at ninecirclesblog@gmail.com.

Denizens of Hell

Corey Butterworth – Literati Overlord

Josh Stewart – Arch Demon

Chris Voss – Necrolytic Scribe

Dan Kaplan – Serious Art Critic

Vincent Martinek – Metal Visionary; Passionate Man

Zyklonius – Devourer of Donuts

Hera Vidal – Scholar of the First Sin

Angela Block – Sea Witch

Ian Martinek – Dinosaur Lover

Matthew Buchan (Buke) – Opeth Lover & Podcaster Extraordinaire

THE Dan Morris – New Blood

Colin Stensrud – New Blood