Profile: Steven Kerchner and Will Rivera of LORD

LORD

Since Virginia’s LORD have been slugging it out since 2005, with a handful of EP’s, splits and full lengths, they’ve had plenty of time to hone their sludgy hardcore sound into a sharp point. Later this week the band will be releasing their new album Blacklisted which does indeed feature their best all around sound to date. It’s six tracks of bludgeoning sludge with hints of thrash, black metal and a heavy dose of hardcore attitude. Ahead of the album’s release we got a chance to ask Steven Kerchner (vocals) and Will Rivera (guitar) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what they had to say. 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: Uddipan Sarmah of Aswekeepsearching on New Album Zia, Post-Rock In India and Writing

Aswekeepsearching
Aswekeepsearching

Aswekeepsearching is a post-rock band from India. Their debut album, Khwaab released in 2015 was well received and the band also toured Russia. Last month, they released their second album Zia. The album is a unique take on post-rock and is unlike anything I have heard before. I spoke to Uddipan Sarmah (Vocals/Guitars) about the new album, post rock in India, their writing process and more. Continue reading

Profile: Mike Lamb of Sojourner

Sojourner - Mike Lamb
Mike Lamb

Empires of Ash, the debut full length, from atmospheric black metallers Sojourner was released last year via Avantegarde Music and recently saw a cassette reissue via Fólkvangr Records. And if you count Saor and Summoning as favorites from this genre, there’s no better time to get in on the ground floor with the epic take Sojourner has to offer. Gruff vocals and frantic tremolo work earmark the bands black metal side but it’s the synth, melodic chords and angelic vocals that set this band — and album — apart. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Mike Lamb (drums, guitars, piano, synth) for our Profile set of questions and he was more than generous with his answers. Keep reading to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Profile: Tommy Mirgiannis of Merchant

Merchant
Merchant

When you see a band likened to YOB, and particularly a relatively new band, the knee jerk reaction is to shrug it off. It’s easy to throw that kind of weight around and not deliver. But every once in awhile the stars align and this sort of promise actually comes to fruition. Such is the case with Australia’s Merchant on their upcoming second full length Beneath. From the majestic opening moments and subsequent heavy-as-a-ton-of-bricks approach on “Guile as Vice” to the cavernous swagger throughout “Succumbing” this band seems older and more seasoned than many of their counterparts. Since forming in 2014 they have a demo and Suzerain, their debut full length, under their belts and while Suzerain was thick with beefy riffs and soaked in fuzz, Beneath completely eclipses its predecessor with better songwriting and the kind of awe-inspiring feel that we’ve come to expect from this genre’s veteran statesmen. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask Tommy Mirgiannis (vocals) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say. Continue reading