Atræ Bilis’ David Stepanavicius on new album “Apexapien,” deep dive into extreme metal, preferred way of listening to music, desert island albums, and much more!

David Stepanavicius - Atræ Bilis
Image courtesy of David Stepanavicius

Vancouver’s Atræ Bilis made quite the splash with last year’s EP Divinihility and nearly overnight made them a household name in any house that heralds death metal. A quick year later here we are with their debut full length Apexapien and they prove the success of that EP was no joke. From start to finish, this album is an absolute beast with teeth big enough to tear the planet in two. It hits hard as a ton of bricks but is amazingly smart in its construction. Not clinging to any one leg of death metal it blazes its own path forward with Albert Einstein level riffs and chest crushing blows around every corner.  It goes without saying, this album is a favorite for us here at Nine Circles and for good reason. With that said, jump in for an excellent chat with David Stepanavicius via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Worm and Breakaway Beerworks

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where I don’t just talk about a new metal album, I also consume and talk about alcohol! Sometimes they pair up nicely, sometime they don’t. My cup of heresy runneth over this week with: Foreverglade from Worm and Ukiyo from Breakaway Beerworks.

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Album Review: Worm — “Foreverglade”

Worm - Foreverglade

If you’re from the US (and even if you’re not), you probably tend to rag on the state of Florida for being…well, Florida, despite the fact that some of the finest music known to man has come from those swamps.  “Reeking, foul humidity,” “arcane travesty of nature,” “suffocatingly heavy” and “monstrosities of the murk” are all ways that Florida has probably been described in the cultural vernacular.  It also happens to describe Worm, the Florida-based death doom project that celebrates all things gloomy, swampy and yucky on their newest release Foreverglade.  Get your waders on, folks.

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Initial Descent: October 17 – 23, 2021

Massacre
Massacre

As we inch closer and closer to Devil’s Night, this week of new metal absolutely has any and all soundtrack needs covered. And, we’re cranking the chainsaw with a smattering of death metal and a pinch of doom thrown in for good measure. First up is a band that, to me, is legendary in death metal and has always encapsulated what that genre tag means: the mighty MASSACRE. Am I excited? Damn right. It’s been too long, but they’re back with a great album. Following that is an absurdly nasty death doom outing from Worm, a 50/50 merge of Swedish and Floridian leaning death metal from Lovecraftianists Bizarre, slamming death groove from Waking The Cadaver, and, as always, a ton more in the list below. Dig in and enjoy!

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Receiving the Evcharist: Atræ Bilis and Dominga

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Atræ Bilis’ Apexapien and New Belgium Brewing Company’s Dominga.

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