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

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: Vomit Fist’s Nick and Leo Didkovsky on new album “Omnicide,” the (un)importance of genre tags, Frogvasions, and much more!

Vomit Fist

After five long years Vomit Fist just released Omnicide and it seriously challenges the basis for genre tagging in the sense that they’ve taken the blackened grindcore from their debut, Forgive But Avenge, and molded it into a forward thinking art form. It’s wild, reckless abandon one second and jazzy exploration the next but even that explanation is selling its many successes short. Then there’s the fantastic lyrical narrative here that continues the story from the debut and the words themselves which are, again, their own art form. To put it another way, there’s so much to unpack with this album that a few sincere listens just won’t cut it, it deserves some serious time and attention to truly capture everything the band has to offer. So, head below for the details.
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Profile: Mexico’s Death Metal Bruisers CRS

CRS

It’s amazing that CRS formed twenty eight years ago, — then known as Cirrosis — then released their debut twenty years ago, then silence. Fast forward to now and the band comes roaring back to life on their sophomore effort The Collector of Truths and it’s a love letter to the time they left behind. Industrial bombast, guttural death metal, and melodically progressive strains of genius all play out in equally large parts over the course of these eight tracks. Just ahead of the album’s release we caught up with CRS to find out more through our Profile set of questions so dig in and give them some support. Continue reading