Concert Review: Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth, 7.25.2017

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When it was announced that Slayer was headlining a run of shows this summer with support from Lamb of God and Behemoth, I made the claim that it was going to be the premier metal tour of the summer. I understand that there are other notable tours kicking around this time of year (Summer’s Laughter, for one). But how often does a tour feature the three-headed monster that this one does? (Pardon the lame reference to the tour poster). Each band is quintessential to the metal world in their own way. We have Slayer, the legends of death metal that they are. The hugely popular thrash groove intensity of Lamb of God. And Behemoth, who I would consider the very pinnacle (in terms of success) of present day extreme metal. Undoubtedly, this a tour that every metal fan was at the very least aware of. And I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to cover it. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: A Group Review of Couch Slut’s “Contempt”

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As y’all know, we here at Nine Circles were pretty big fans of Couch Slut‘s first album, My Life as a Woman. (Or maybe you didn’t know that, I dunno.) Either way, that album — released just under three years ago on the now-defunct Handshake Inc. label — established the band, and vocalist Megan Osztrosits in particular, as a filthy, aggressive force in the New York scene and beyond. (Certainly in our Bandcamp collections, that’s for sure.)  Continue reading

Album Review: Temple of Void – “Lords of Death”

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There’s more to the death/doom hybrid than just slowing your roll every once in a while.  Taking that level of ferociousness and consistently landing in the pocket of groove (which I envision as being made of leather and studded, and capable of holding multiple invisible oranges) is essntial.  It’s something bands like High on Fire excel at, being able to stay loose and dirty even as guitars, bass, and drums lock seamlessly to pummel you to the ground, and with their second album Lords of Death it’s safe to say Temple of Void are on their way to those same hallowed heights.   Continue reading

Album Review: Less Art – “Strangled Light”

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Once again we call to our friends in the Great North to assist in some gnarly metal reviews.  Today Jonathan Petkau from various endeavors including Respectably Loud, Domestikwom and Spacekau jumps in to cover the debut from Less Art…

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If I were forced to pick a single word to encapsulate the experience of listening to Less Art’s debut album Strangled Light, the word that comes to mind repeatedly is “clarity.” I suspect that probably derives from the fact that Less Art is composed of veteran musicians each with already established careers, as Strangled Light sounds like what should be a band’s fourth or fifth album, not their first swing at bat (a pun for all you Puig Destroyer fans out there.)   Continue reading

Album Review: Boris – “Dear”

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Boris are back.  Boris are ending.  Boris have returned to their roots.  Boris are not comfortable with the notion they are returning to their roots.   Dear is the capstone to an amazing 25+ year career.  Dear is not the end.  Dear IS the end…What does it matter?  It’s the nth album from the Japanese gods of the heavy, and whether it started as a farewell letter and transformed into a celebration, one thing is clear: Dear is another gorgeously thick slab of sound slowly and eternally unwinding itself in new permutations for those of us who have been hooked since the beginning.   Continue reading