The Nine Circles Audio Thing: a chat with Steve and Enrique from Crypt Sermon!

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Drummer Enrique Sagarnaga (left) and guitarist Steve Jansson (second from right) join Dan for a chat on the Nine Circles Audio Thing!

It’s been a fun couple of years for Crypt Sermon. A well-received (and terrific) debut album, an appearance at last year’s Maryland Deathfest, an absolutely stellar interpretation of Mayhem‘s “De Mysteriis dom Sathanas” as part of Decibel’s flexi series…the Philadelphia epic doomers have certainly covered some ground.

With a new album in the works and a trip to France to play at next weekend’s Hellfest, guitarist Steve Jansson and drummer Enrique Sagarnaga took some time out of their busy schedules to chat with Dan about…well, all manner of things: how they’ve grown into the doom genre, close encounters with Dave Mustaine at the Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in Philly, how that Mayhem cover came about, and more. Check out the full conversation after the jump!  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Frank S. Talks Some Power Metal!

Yyyyyep! That’s what we’re calling this thing now! What we’ve got for you today isn’t really a podcast, because it’s not part of an RSS feed, and thus not automatically delivered to your podcasting apps. It’s kind of an interview / review in one, I guess? Yes. But nobody wants to call it that, so hence, you’re getting The Nine Circles Audio Thing and dammit, you’re gonna like it.

No, really, you are; we’ve got an awesome chat with power metal guru and Nine Circles contributor Frank Santorelli! Frank took a break from his busy schedule — the dude’s prepping for a move to Italy!! — to discuss two recent power metal albums that crossed his earholes: Aldaria‘s Land of Light and Astral Doors‘ Black Eyed Children. Call it an “Ask the Expert” discussion, if you will? Or don’t; I don’t really care. But check it out either way! Continue reading

Interview: Chris Alfieri of VATTNET on new material, social media and more!

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Vattnet (Photo by the band)

Like many of us, the guys in Vattnet entered 2016 with high hopes and a ton of momentum. The year before, the group — then known as Vattnet Viskar — had released its sophomore full-length, Settler, to a ton of acclaim, done tours with The Atlas Moth and 1349, and lit the Rams Head on fire at Maryland Deathfest. But then, following an early-year tour with Taake and Young and in the Way, frontman Nick Thornbury left the band — altering the band’s trajectory in more ways than one.

Fast forward to 2017, and the band — having dropped the “Viskar” and soldiered on as a trio — has plans to release a new album later this year. Ahead of that, guitarist Chris Alfieri took some time out of his day to discuss how the new material — and the band’s new sonic direction — has taken shape. But the chat quickly turned into a sprawling conversation about social media, the similarities between Pallbearer and Toto (no, really), and how we can all treat each other better in the new year and beyond. It was an altogether excellent time, and we’re thrilled to share it with you here. Check out the recorded conversation after the jump:
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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 53

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With just a couple of days until the guys leave for Migration Fest, Corey returns to the fold for another Concert Pod! He talks about seeing Exmortus, Spellcaster and Seven Spires in Boston, as well as Skeletonwitch, Magic Circle, Lich King and Black Mass in Somerville, MA. Dan, on the other hand? He’s got stories from Carcass and Paul McCartney to speak of.

All that and much, much more in Episode 53, so jump on in and take a listen!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 52

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Corey’s tied up this week, so joining Dan on the pod is special guest Daniel Jackson! Dan is the mastermind behind Void Ritual, Dead Wretch and a bunch of other projects, and was also recently named editor of the forthcoming Kwinn Metal blog. The conversation was recorded on Tuesday, and took the two Dans all over the place — from Opeth to Maryland Deathfest to Mare Cognitum and more. It’s a hell of a time, trust us.

All that and much, much more in Episode 52, so check it out!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan