Atmospheric black metal can take many shapes and forms, that much we’ve definitely seen and heard in the recent past. But when the subject matter deals with the decline and eventual loss of a loved one, it takes on a whole new meaning as well as provide a bottomless canvas to document the harrowing experience. This is exactly what Jimmy Sisco (Platoon 1107, Absolved) did with his project Anchorhold after his father was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer. From A Father’s Son, due out August 10 on The Fear and the Void Recordings, is a four track documentation of the human side to this process and unfolds in an extremely stirring maelstrom of emotions. Today, Nine Circles is pleased to bring you a premiere of the EP’s third track “Five Weeks.” Continue reading
Virginia’s Lord will be releasing their newest effort, Desperation Finds Hunger In All Men, on August 24 via Heavy Hound Records but today, Nine Circles is proud to present the video premiere of “La Fleur Du Cobalt.” In the event their past work was missed, sludge is the topic but with Lord it certainly is not the end all be all; heavy handed rock and thrash helps pave the way for their all too real lyrical content. It has an air of a group well seasoned in dealing with the topics they cover which makes this album, and their previous efforts for that matter, so much heavier than simply calling it sludge or thrash or whatever the tag of the day might be. Divert your eyes and ears directly below. Continue reading
They say that bad times make for great art, and while I don’t dispute the claim, I sure wish we didn’t need to turn the world into a garbage fire of greed and hate in order to get some great records. We don’t, of course: plenty of great music comes from places not embroiled in the dark and cold recesses of humanity’s id, but Qoheleth have taken the fires that have stoked the outrage and protests of the last year and half and crafted a monster of an ambitious record in Black Kite Broadcasts, the follow-up to last year’s monolith of noise God Is The Warmest Place to Hide. To that end Nine Circles is proud to once again be the place to premier a visual track from the new record as well as highlight the efforts of our friend and co-contributor Jeremy Hunt, so let’s get right into the mayhem of “SXSG” after the jump. Continue reading
The Ever Living — a band that’s been coined with sharing headspace with the likes of Cult of Luna and Isis — will be releasing their debut full length Herephemine on May 4 via Chromism Records. That may still be nearly a month away, but today Nine Circles is excited to premiere the album’s second track, “New Mutiny,” to get you ready for what’s to come.
Dense atmospheres and exceedingly beautiful soundscapes pepper the hour-plus journey here. The London based band garnered many of this album’s themes and ideas while traveling abroad — excess through technology and other means takes on a whole new feel while submersing yourself in the juxtaposing melody and dissonance found throughout Herephemine. A form of post-metal perhaps, but they don’t place themselves within that genre so simply. The album as a whole feels like a sonic exploration of the cinematic kind similar to rock’s early visionaries who were looking for something different and unique. I could go on and on but you need to hear it for yourself. Check it out immediately below. Continue reading
When thinking of sludge metal, southern New Jersey might not be the first place that comes to mind but Kolossor is out to change that with Crown of Horns, their full length debut which is set for release April 6 via Sludgelord Records. These ten tracks consist of three you may remember from their 2017 self-titled EP and the other seven build on their already established massively thick sound. It’s sludge and doom with a slight nod to stoner metal fuzz that rounds the edges out just enough to showcase their collective ability to dance around a gnarly groove. Today, Nine Circles is excited to premiere the third track, “Wall of Sleep” so head inside to check it out for yourself. Continue reading