Into the Grave: Type O Negative

So, here we are again, looming into February/March of 2019 already.  After I had the pleasure of writing the first run of Into the Grave, I got the chance to do it again for this month.  So I had to think: ‘who else do I really want to dig into and talk about?, who else dredges up those metallic memories so deep that their discography causes confliction?’  Then, like a bolt of lightning striking that fabled clock tower in Back To the Future, it came to me:  Type O NegativeContinue reading

Into the Grave: Dissection

 

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Welcome one and all to the inaugural run of Into the Grave, a semi-regular piece where we comprehensively rank one artist’s discography. Not only will we discuss the artist and their catalogue but also why they matter so much to us as individuals. The rankings, of course, will be wholly subjectively and if you don’t agree, chime in with your own lists and opinions but be prepared to defend your sonic turf, warrior’s style (Come out and play-e-yay).

In this edition, J Coleman ranks Dissection‘s output, from best to worst. Or in this case, top pick to bottom pick. Continue reading

Unholy Divers: Eyehategod

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It’s been over a year, but welcome to the second edition of Unholy Divers, a sort-of new series where we immerse ourselves in the discographies of bands we should be more familiar with, but for whatever reasons, just aren’t.

To quickly re-state the purpose here: there’s only a finite amount of time we have for our existence, but a quick glance at Metal Archives shows the number of bands to nigh infinite.   Hell, it seems the amount of genres they don’t cover is just as large (sorry, all things that end in –core).

We all have our blind spots, it’s just some are more glaring than others.

Unholy Divers is our attempt to close the gaps. Each column will take a deep dive (*rimshot*) into a different band’s catalogue with the aim of giving ourselves a better sense of what the cool kids have been talking about all this time.  

So without further ado, let’s go down South and wade into the sludge of… Continue reading

Unholy Divers: Atheist

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Welcome to the first edition of Unholy Divers, a new series here at Nine Circles where we immerse ourselves in the discographies of bands we should be more familiar with, but for whatever reasons, just aren’t.

Admit it: we’ve all had those conversations with other metalheads where we pretend to be experts on a band – you know, because metal cred, guys – but actually know next to nothing about them. (Okay, this isn’t just a metal-specific occurrence.) You know how it goes – lots of “oh, yeah,” and “definitely, dude,” but hardly any actual knowledge of the artist or their music. With the wealth of music available to us, it’s just bound to happen; nobody can possibly listen to everything. (Except maybe the human encyclopedias over at Last Rites.)

Unholy Divers is our attempt to close these knowledge gaps. Each time out, we’ll take a deep dive (ha-ha) into a different band’s catalogue – studio albums, EPs, singles, splits, you name it – and hopefully give ourselves a better sense of what exactly the cool kids have been talking about for all these years. And then, we’ll write about it.

So without any further ado, let’s jump into our first band…  Continue reading