Profile: Andrew Lanza of Chain Gang Grave

Acidic and grimy are just a couple of ways to describe Chain Gang Grave‘s sound on their debut full length Cement Mind. But, even that is a bit of a limiter. Death rock, death metal, sludge, noise, punk, and hardcore are the genres covered across these nine tracks which, on paper, sounds ludicrous but the way this two piece approaches this amalgamation is nothing short of astounding and electric. The production trudges through the sewers and that’s just part of this album’s glory; it’s nasty yet holds a ton of fuck you punk energy, its fangs are sharp yet wildly off kilter. This is one of those albums that comes along and kicks your teeth in but never lets go. What more can you ask for? Just ahead of this beast seeing the light of day we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist, bassist, and vocalist Andrew Lanza and the results can be found below. So, dig in and get your fill. Be sure to snag a copy from the links provided within.

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Cryptosis’s Frank te Riet on “Bionic Swarm,” Metal in the Netherlands, Switching Names (and Direction), Soccer, and Much More!

Bionic Swarm, the debut from Cryptosis has become an early favorite for many of the staff at Nine Circles.  Jamming together old school thrash, progressive death metal, and a healthy dose of symphonic black metal in its arrangements, it’s the kind of debut that instantly slams into your skull and rewires your brain. 

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Profile: Chris and Butch of French Death Metallers Akiavel

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France’s Akiavel may be a relatively new band but the impact they’ve made on the death metal scene with a self-titled EP and follow up full length V cannot be denied. The band’s touring plans may have been cut short due to the pandemic but their creative fire is at an all time high seeing as their upcoming second full length Væ Victis comes just over a year removed from their last. And, it’s a BEAST. Death metal that is brutally vicious yet ominously atmospheric is tough to pull off but this band wildly succeeds and charts a path all their own. V was a great record but Væ Victis is an excellent record with sharp songwriting and laser precise instrumentation. Definitely one you don’t want to miss. Just ahead of the album’s release, we posed our set of Profile questions to drummer Butch and guitarist Chris so head below to see how it went down.

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Capra’s Crow Lotus on upcoming album “In Transmission,” missing live shows, a geology degree, lyrics, and much more!

Capra has caught lightning in a bottle on their upcoming full length debut In Transmission. It’s equal parts metal, punk, and hardcore but the sum is way more than its parts. Blistering riffs, crushing blasts, and obliterating vocals are just some of what the band has to offer across these eleven tracks. It’s hostile yet authentic, aggressive and angry yet carries so much depth and feeling and overall is a near perfect debut that fans all over the metal spectrum will unite around.  Head below to get the details of a recent chat between Buke and vocalist Crow Lotus.

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Cave Of Swimmers’ Arturo Garcia on new album “Aurora,” efficiency of being a duo, origin of the band’s name, how his drumming career started, and so much more!

Cave Of Swimmers have been around since 2012 and have finally released their debut full length Aurora. And what a surprise it is after two EP’s worth of what could be described as “doom-prog.” This album shifts effortlessly between a Mars Volta meets System of a Down vibe to a thrashtastic Megadeth vibe while giving a world music spin to their particular brand of metal. It’s a mouthful on paper but rest assured it works seamlessly and is an absolute blast to experience.  Head below to get the details of a recent chat between Buke and drummer Arturo Garcia.

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