The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Devin Townsend was March 2019’s Album of the Month!

It’s almost as if we kinda know what we’re doing! Like an elephant bashing the drums with a gorilla on guitar, the Album of the Month series continues its ramshackle adventure into the heart of metal, this time crowning Devin Townsend and his solo opus Empath as our Album of the Month selection for March 2019!
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Album Review: Inter Arma – “Sulphur English”

Inter Arma - Sulphur English

How do you measure heaviness?  You can down-tune your guitars to the bowels of Hell, play at the speed of light with the gain turned up to 11, and mimic the sick wailing of a terrified pig in your vocals, but is it heavy?  If it’s anything, heaviness is a state of being, and Inter Arma have been mining that state since their debut.  But their latest slab of concrete Sulphur English just might be their purest expression of what it means to be heavy to date.  Continue reading

Album Review: Elizabeth Colour Wheel – “Nocebo”

Elizabeth Colour Wheel - Nocebo

Last night I had a dream.  I was back in college; it was 1993.  I was hanging out at the local used record shop (it was Last Vestige in Albany, if you’re familiar with the area).  As per usual I was pouring through the CDs and records and this loud, hazy wash of sound slipped through the air, grabbing my attention.  “What is this?” I asked aloud.  “Oh, you don’t know Elizabeth Colour Wheel?” a haughty voice responded.  Even then and in my dreams folks who work in record stores can be real dicks.  Anyway I woke up and realized Nocebo, the band’s debut full length after a number of singles and EPs, has that timeless quality that marks a unique and vital voice in the music world. Continue reading

Album Review: Noisem – “Cease To Exist”

Noisem - Cease to Exist

This is what I remember about Noisem when they hit the scene with their debut Agony Defined back in 2013: Death/thrash/grind played by a bunch of young upstarts.  Loved the classic 80s era cover, didn’t care for the music.  Everyone and their brother proclaimed the band as the “next big thing” with the arrival of 2015’s Blossoming Decay.  And it was…fine.  Nothing that compelled me to put them on a pedestal.  But lo and behold four years later brings a new album I’m told I NEED to listen to and, what do you know?  Cease To Exist manages to finally get me to sit up and take notice by making good on the promise of those awesome album covers. Continue reading