Profile: Kansas City Noise Rock Phenoms – Bummer

Bummer
Bummer

It’s no secret at this point that genre lines everywhere have been stretched to a point that when a band comes along and captures the essence of a particular genre it can be quite remarkable, to say the least. This is exactly what Kansas City’s Bummer have done on their full length debut, Holy Terror, due out August 24. Their chosen drug is noise rock full of wallowing sludge and angry tempos but with emphasis on methodical grooves and energetic songwriting. Essentially, they’ve captured the actual soul of what made noise rock so great when I first heard it many, many years ago. On top of that they take the classic noise soul and make it their own with a pinch of thrash and a robust dose of dirty blues (the kind that makes you want to clean up afterwards). Without completely spilling the beans before you actually listen to this thing, I’m stopping there since I could go on all day about this. One more thing, that album cover! It’s simple but damn effective.

Keep reading to find out more about this trio and be sure to hit the links at the bottom to support them. Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 12 – 18, 2018

Trappist
Trappist – photo courtesy of Paul Lee

We are in the throes of a new week, like it or not. No need to get all bent out of the frame though, Monday means it’s time for new metal and for another week of showcasing some of it. Plus we’re on the downhill slide of the year and if the first half was any indication, the second half should be a knockout finish. Speaking of, we begin the week with a four pack of treats. Carry on…

We like beer and so does Trappist, who in the span of 21 tracks in 33 minutes, rip with crusty d-beat violence on their debut Ancient Brewing Tactics all in the name of almighty beer. It’s a supercharged juggernaut slam full of all star guests so make sure to check this one out – they’ve also included some pairings, nice guys. Just in time to extinguish the light from everything are two beasts of blackened doom and noise; Primitive Man and Unearthly Trance offer up a Split release that will leave indelible marks on any and all souls who dare to listen (over the top? nah). Black Tusk return with an all-guns-blazing attack of swampheavypunkmetal on T.C.B.T. and Cemetery Urn continue their reign of savage death metal on Barbaric Retribution.

As usual, we are far from done with what this week has to offer so head directly below to get your fill. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 50 (8.11.2018)

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Before you start reading look up. See that image up there? When I see a cassette I think of mixtapes and maaaaan, I used to love making those. But even better was receiving them through snail mail from other folks with like minded music interests. Cassettes have made a comeback but in this digital age, those tape trading days are sadly behind us. Playlists have essentially taken their place and as of today Nine Circles has brought you fifty of them. To celebrate this 50th volume, we figured we’d spruce it up a bit. Hope you dig it, I know I do. Anyway, we’ve got another great bunch of tunes to share that left a mark over the past few days, dig in below. And HEY, share your own picks in the comments section or share some that might have made it onto your personal mixtape back in the day.

Have a good weekend and we’ll see you next week.

Initial Descent: August 5 – 11, 2018

Abigail
Abigail

A lot of things cross my mind when looking at and exploring a list of upcoming metal releases. Most of which no one will ever care about but the one paramount thing is: how many of said albums will make an impression and how many of those will have the kind of staying power that in a year’s time, or longer, will still be in rotation or have me singing/growling/screaming at the top of my lungs in a traffic jam or in the shower like a boss? To be sure, the only way to find out is to explore all possibilities which is why I love doing these. What will be our collective next gem? Read on…

Japan’s Abigail, who have a ridiculous amount of work out there, return with the Far East Black Metal Onslaught EP and it rides high on this list due to its thrashing mad black metal attack that I find to be grin inducing. US old school heavy metallers Haunt offer up their debut of NWOBHM inspired goodness on Burst Into Flame and Lurk find a way to pack doom, black, death and sludge metal into one atmospherically haunting release on Fringe – a mouthful but, a tasty one.

All that and much more below so don’t miss a link.  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 49 (8.4.2018)

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Since it’s the weekend, finally, I tried some Wild Turkey “Longbranch” which is a collaboration between the ‘Turkey’ and Matthew McConaughey. My conclusion is: it’s just alright, alright, alright. Humor mileage will vary there and just to be clear, anytime is the right time for bourbon and not just the weekend. Anywho, so it’s been a couple weeks since the last playlist and I’m sure you missed it…right? Whether yay or nay, we’ve got another batch of tunes that have, in one way or another, struck a chord or made us reminisce or whatever we did with them. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here then head immediately below for a good Saturday jam session. AND if you feel particularly froggy, leave your own playlist picks in the comments. What did we miss? What’s scratched your itch? We must know.

Have a good weekend and we’ll see you next week.