Corey Butterworth

Fittingly born on Earth Day, the majority of my years have been spent in the New Hampshire White Mountains. As such, I learned early on that there is infinite value in removing oneself from the societal game we are trapped in, even if only for a few hours at a time. Through these wanderings and a general separation from mainstream anything, I also managed to discover heavy music at a younger age, almost as a supplement to the adventure and isolation. I found the complexity and diversity of the heavier subgenres intriguing, with plenty to identify with emotionally. So, as my connection to the forests and mountains grew, so did my interest in this art.

Over time, my involvement in the genre and it’s culture continued to grow. While in my undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, I co-hosted a late night radio show, and it was at this point that I realized how enjoyable it was to share the music I was uncovering. I understand the awkwardness in trying to avoid mainstream media, while simultaneously contributing such content, but I believe there are still ways to narrow the scope, focusing in on the art that matters to the individual. Eventually I succumbed to the professional world, a new chapter in which Dan Kaplan and I created the podcast and blog known as Horns Up, which eventually evolved into the Nine Circles project you see before you.

My experience and knowledge in covering the genre has obviously evolved over the years, and I couldn’t be more proud of what our team has accomplished since 2014. Podcasts, reviews, interviews… you name it. While I don’t find myself pounding keyboards and cranking out reviews like I used to, this network has offered me the opportunity to apply other passions of mine, including photography, to this project. And that’s how you’ll see me supporting the metal scene most frequently these days. That, and the internal workings of this blog. I suppose that as we grow and evolve, so does the way we appreciate and support what’s important to us. But that’s what art, and this genre, is all about… making the absorption and alignment with it a personal experience that is dictated by no one.

Recent Favorites

  • Amenra
  • Schammasch
  • Katatonia
  • The Ocean
  • Tribulation
  • The Ruins of Beverast
  • Der Weg einer Freiheit
  • Saor
  • Enslaved
  • Wayfarer

Corey can  be reached on Instagram (@CMB_focus). That’s it. Social media sucks.

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