The Nine Circles Audio Thing: GiantBomb’s Alex Navarro on Video Games, Metal, and More!

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It’s metal-adjacent time as Buke goes all in on his other passion – video games – with Alex Navarro of GiantBomb! I know…it’s crazy to think we have other interests other than fist-raising, head-banging riffage, but video games are near and dear to many of our blackened hearts, and in this new world of self isolation there are few better diversions than jumping in for an hour (or eight or ten) of glorious high resolution twitch tomfoolery. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Traveler’s Matt Ries on upcoming album “Termination Shock,” touring at the outset of a pandemic, recording at home, and so much more!

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In a year’s time, Canada’s Traveler have become a household name for heavy metal fans and are set to release their sophomore effort Termination Shock a month from now. Plainly put, it is yet another example of how necessary traditional heavy metal is in today’s terms. We all need a reason to jump, cheer, and throw the horns right now and this band, and new album, is reason for all this. The band’s self titled debut was a tour-de-force last year and this one eclipses it by a mile with better instrumentation, better songwriting and deeper references realized that us old heads hold so dear and that new fans will be over the moon for. So, head below for the details.
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Profile: Grunge Metallers Hot Sunday Blood

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Turin’s Hot Sunday Blood may or may not be a band you’ve heard of but since Kein Licht is their third effort, you should know them by now. Grunge is the dish du jour but this band has so much more to offer than just that, think 90s somewhat radio friendly altmetal but colored by today’s harder strains. The album hits on deep themes through the lens of a young woman’s eyes suffering from psychological chinks in the armor and hurls it at you with depressive tones and atmospheric riffs. Even though the album has been out since December, we recently had the chance to reach out with our Profile questions and below you will find their responses. Dig in and support! Continue reading

Profile: London’s Extreme Sludge Juggernauts Beggar

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We know what you’re thinking. ‘Why would 9C call a band I’ve never heard of a juggernaut and particularly why in the world of extreme sludge metal.’ For several reasons but mainly because the music contained on London based Beggar‘s upcoming debut full length, Compelled To Repeat, is some of the sickest, angriest, most down-trodden sludge by way of extreme metal we’ve heard in a mighty long time. Their sludge lives, breathes, and frolics amongst the heavy burdens of society and their extreme side is akin to hacking skin from flesh then swallowing the blade with a smile. And, they’re not afraid to pull off a dirty solo or throw in some breakneck thrash for good measure. So, juggernaut it is. For now, we’re here to right the wrong of you never hearing them or knowing anything about them since guitarist Jake Leyland and vocalist/bassist Charlie Davis were gracious enough to offer insight via our set of Profile questions. Check it out below and be first in line on APF Records’ site to get your copy, links contained within. Continue reading

Profile: Dedicated Hardcorists La Armada

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Dedicated. It’s a word that gets thrown around haphazardly these days which has lessened its impact. However, in the case of hardcore / punk bruisers La Armada, this term describes their ethos better than any other. Formerly of the Dominican Republic, La Armada moved home base to Chicago and soaked up many more of metal’s extreme sub genres leading up to their first full proper full length in 2012. Their follow up EP and second full length are even more devastating while showcasing better songwriting and more of their Latin infusion which makes them stand out and sets them apart in a crowded hardcore scene. But, their dedication doesn’t stop at their song craft. The band is fully focused on social issues such as immigrant rights, globalization, and class struggle just to name a few. Where the dedication comes in is through their tireless efforts to spotlight these issues, help out wherever they can, and lead by example. This year the band will be releasing a series of songs titled Songs of the Exiled and the first of which is coming up this month. Links are contained below so bookmark them and be ready, trust me here – you don’t want to miss out. For now, read up on how the band responded to our Profile questions as they offer great insight into their inner workings. Continue reading