Profile: Psych Rockers Deepshade

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Grungy, psychedelic rock with a flair for the classics might not sound like it would work, let alone work well. But, in the case of Deepshade, it works like gangbusters. Their second full length, Soul Divider, was released earlier this year and it’s as if they reached back in time to many of the forward thinkers that populated the original Woodstock stage then made several stops along a musical highlight reel along the way back and mixed all that energy with their own brand of laid back rock and just enough heaviness to pack a mighty punch. The band’s sound is a unique one to say the least but definitely a needed sound for today’s increasingly maddening atmosphere as this album is perfect for the weekend good feels or long drives to clear the head—-I’ve done both with it and trust me here. We recently reached out to the band for some answers to our Profile set of questions so head directly below to see how it went down and drop by the links contained within to give them some support. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Pile of Priests on their upcoming album, life during COVID, working with Dan Swanö, 70,000 Tons of Metal, and more!

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Denver’s Pile of Priests have been around since 2009 and have slowly been carving out a name for themselves in the death metal arena. Their first full length Void To Enlightenment saw the band get down and dirty with their own style which traverses tech death but offered so much more than just tech and old school. And now with their second offering Pile of Priests they truly carve their own path in today’s death metal landscape with razor sharp attention to detail and nasty little hooks that set deep. This is an album that will appeal to a broad set of metal and heavy rock fans, it’s broad and diverse without ever losing its vicious edge. So, head below for all the details.
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Profile / Interview: Jesse Zuretti of Binary Code

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On the surface, calling a metal band’s newest offering “crushingly heavy” seems a bit cliche. But, in the case of Binary Code’s third full length, Memento Mori, it’s the closest to the truth as can possibly be. The album was born out of a tragic event that left founder/guitarist Jesse Zuretti devastated and with a deep need to find some sort of light, catharsis, and hope. As such, “crushing” is fully captured throughout each pained scream, each hauntingly quieter moment and a heartbreaking, yet beautiful, cover. Beyond that though, this is an incredible album that takes their earlier tech death cues and gels with their more progressive, heavy rock stance of today. We’re calling it their finest moment and highly suggest supporting the band and this album. Plus, the proceeds go to a much needed cause, more on that below. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to send Jesse our set of Profile questions but modified it to dig deeper and get a little more personal. He fully obliged with his responses and we can’t thank him enough so, do the thing immediately below.  Continue reading

Profile: Haukur Már Guðmundsson of Iceland’s Kavorka

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The words Iceland or Icelandic generally are followed by black metal since black metal from there is insanely good. But, Icelandic metal and even heavy rock are equally amazing as evident by Kavorka‘s debut full length, Internal Rituals, which was released late last year. The lyrical themes are dark and extremely personal while the music is a cohesive mix of metal, rock, blues, doom, and sludge—a mouthful for sure but this band is flat out powerful, period. This is an amazing debut from a band that sounds far beyond their years. We recently caught up with vocalist Haukur Már Guðmundsson and asked our set of Profile questions to dig deep in the minds of Kavorka so keep reading to get the scoop and please support the band through the links contained within. Continue reading

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