Profile: Fear Is Dead

Fear Is Dead

New York has a long and storied history of hardcore and groove inflected metal. So long in fact that we could go on for days and not even touch half of it. Fear Is Dead is not a new band but they’ve come a long way since their more melodic rendition of NY’s backbone. The band has lightly penciled in a new album slated for summer of this year but will be releasing a teaser single, “Assimilation,” later this month that showcases their path towards a more aggressive and straight to the point approach. Ahead of this single release we asked the band our set of Profile questions to get the backstory so head below to see how it went down. While you’re reading, enjoy the embed of 2018’s Omnicidal and keep an eye on their Bandcamp page for “Assimilation.” Continue reading

Premiere: Kilter – “Behind Your Door”

Kilter - Axiom

When an avantgarde jazz/metal hybrid trio such as Brooklyn’s Kilter write an album inspired by the hustle and grind of New York City — as is the case with upcoming full length, Axiom  there’s a good chance said album will be a multifaceted beast. On the surface, Axiom is a jazz record full of intelligent improvisation but to fully showcase this ‘hustle and grind’ the band employs gnarled apocalyptic doom, noise, and sludgy rhythms to great effect. Each track is a standout on its own but taken together the album plays out like a journey through unknown territory with clear highs and lows along with moments of pure bewilderment. Today, we are pleased to bring you one of the album’s later tracks, “Behind Your Door,” which falls in line with the feelings of being confused by things or, in this case, unknown places. Head below to check it out. Continue reading

Profile: Stoner Metallers Silverlight Shadows

Silverlight Shadows

It’s been awhile since Australia’s Silverlight Shadows has had new material out but this week will see a new single, “Black the World,” to be released as part of a split 7” with Monarchus. The band is equal parts fuzz, stoner metal, grunge, high energy rock, and just the right amount of punk. They’ve garnered quite a fan base in their home country due to their full-octane live shows and are hoping to broaden that base in 2020. Just ahead of the single release we had the opportunity to pose our set of Profile questions so head below to see how it went down. Continue reading

Profile: Joshua Murphy of the Trad-Doom Quartet Blessed Black

Blessed Black

Ohio’s Blessed Black got their start back in the twilight of 2017 much like a lot of bands over the years: riffing on heavy metal and doom in local dives until they felt they had something strong enough they just couldn’t walk away from. Basically, the American Rock ‘n’ Roll dream since the beginning of the term. One year later they released a two track EP that had that trad-doom meets COC vibe and now have an upcoming full length, Beyond the Crimson Throne, that incorporates those two tracks but successfully builds on them in the shape of five more extremely strong, riff-heavy barnburners. Stoner doom, traditional heavy metal, driving rhythms, and epic vocals means that you’re about to have a new favorite band to be pulling for. Roughly a month ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to ask vocalist and lead guitarist Joshua Murphy (War Curse) our set of Profile questions to get a deep dive behind the curtains. Head inside to see how it went down and go show them some support, links are contained within. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Schammasch was November 2019’s Album of the Month!

Episode 33 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing is for the November Album of the Month pick which is Hearts of No Light by everyone’s favorite avantgarde black metallers Schammasch. The house wasn’t packed but we still had an amazing roundtable about an amazing album. Speaking of just how amazing it is, we featured this thing on our collaborative Top 9 of 2019 if that says anything about how good it is. Head inside to get all the details and hear how the conversation went down.
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