Corey Butterworth


I was born on Earth Day in 1989, and fittingly spent most of my younger years in the New Hampshire White Mountains. As such, I learned early on that there is an infinite value to be gained from removing yourself from the social game we are trapped in, even for a few hours. Since my habits were rarely tied to societal norms and mainstream anything, I also managed to discover heavy music at a young age, almost as a supplement to the adventure and isolation I was constantly seeking. I found the complexity and diversity of the metal subgenres intriguing, with plenty to identify with. So, as my need for the forests and mountains grew, so did my need for this art form.

It wasn’t until recent years, however, that I embedded myself in the genre’s culture. While in my undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, I co-hosted a late night heavy metal radio show, and it was at this point that I realized how enjoyable it was to share the music I was uncovering. I understand it’s a bit contrary to both avoid social norms while simultaneously contributing to the art through social media, but there are still ways to find balance and block out some of the noise. But I digress. Eventually I succumbed to the professional world, but it didn’t stop Dan Kaplan and I from creating the podcast and blog known as Horns Up, which eventually evolved into the darling Nine Circles 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 my photography craft to another passion of mine. And that’s how you’ll see me supporting the metal scene most frequently these days. That, and a lot of the internal workings of this blog. I suppose that as art evolves, so does the way we appreciate it and support it. But that’s what art, and this genre, is all about… making the absorption of it a personal experience that is dictated by no one.

Recent Favorites

  • Amenra
  • Schammasch
  • Katatonia
  • The Ocean
  • Insomnium
  • Panopticon
  • Der Weg einer Freiheit
  • Saor
  • Behemoth
  • Mgła

Corey can  be reached on Instagram (@MrCMButterworth). He promises apathy and sarcasm for all. In the form of pictures. Something like that.

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