Wacken Metal Battle USA Winner… Corpse Hoarder!

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For those that need a refresher — since it has been a couple of weeks after all — the final round of the inaugural Wacken Metal Battle USA was this past weekend (May 20th) down in Philadelphia. The event took place at the Whiskey Tango and featured Philadelphia-based finalists Corpse Hoarder and Power Theory, while Boston was represented by Goblet and Upheaval. Well, after numerous regional rounds featuring a wide variety of impressive local metal, the time has come to celebrate the victor. Let us all congratulate Corpse Hoarder on winning their spot at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival later this summer! Continue reading

Profile: Steven Kerchner and Will Rivera of LORD

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Since Virginia’s LORD have been slugging it out since 2005, with a handful of EP’s, splits and full lengths, they’ve had plenty of time to hone their sludgy hardcore sound into a sharp point. Later this week the band will be releasing their new album Blacklisted which does indeed feature their best all around sound to date. It’s six tracks of bludgeoning sludge with hints of thrash, black metal and a heavy dose of hardcore attitude. Ahead of the album’s release we got a chance to ask Steven Kerchner (vocals) and Will Rivera (guitar) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Oranssi Pazuzu, Enslaved, Cavalera Conspiracy and more!

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Oranssi Pazuzu

May 24, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, I’m super pumped because I’ll be seeing Oranssi Pazuzu at MDF this weekend. If you don’t have plans to go to MDF this weekend, but do live in the New York City area, you’re in luck: the band announced a show at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus. Get on it.

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Stream: Heavy Traffic – “Rule of Nines” from the Vinyl Release of Plastic Surgery

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Twin Earth Records has announced they will be releasing the vinyl edition of NY’s psychedelic doom/stoner/fuzz band Heavy Traffic‘s Plastic Surgery later this week. To get you in the mood to cough up the clams for this edition, we are pleased to feature a stream of album opener “Rule of Nines” which meanders in and out of slow burn fuzz and drop tuned doom metal. It’s definitely a mesmerizing track that shies away from the typical tropes of psych and fuzz so keep reading to hear for yourself. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…”Obscure” Metal Records We Didn’t Review in 2017 (Until Now)

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We here at Nine Circles endeavor to bring to you, our devoted readers, as much razor sharp insight and commentary into the hidden pockets, nooks, and crevices the extreme metal world can offer.  We have burrowed into the underground scenes of Singapore and the Philippines, profiled some of the best and darkest metal labels around, and even reviewed a record or two.

But even our exacting eye and archeological know-how can’t dig up every release that comes out in a year.  Sometimes things get lost in the panoply of splits, reissues, cassette only demos and 800g quadruple sided splattered with the tears of an angel vinyl exclusive.  Who knows how these obscure nuggets missed our Sauron gaze? Lack of marketing funds? Little social media presence?  It doesn’t matter, for in today’s edition of Nine Circles ov… I attempt to shed some light on these obscure, little known bands…

…Lord knows they could use the exposure.   Continue reading