The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 22 (12.18.2017)

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Everyone, slow down a bit and enjoy the season and yourselves. I say this because in a matter of a couple days, rounding up some groceries and random crap we needed, I saw at least ten people nearly kill each other either over a parking space or a shopping buggy — it was like watching MMA but for free. Come on guys, dig deep and find that inner peace. Or not and continue on as you were. Either way, seems like the best thing to do in the midst of all this craziness is barricade ourselves in with some tunes we all jammed on last week. Subscribe to our YouTube channel then head inside and let the barricading begin. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Some EOY Considerations (You May Have Forgotten About*)

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I get it – we’re all under the crunch here at Nine Circles getting our 2017 lists in order, and the last thing you need is to look at another list of albums you might want to consider before signing off on your own EOY list.  And hey – I’ll be the first to admit that in the interest of full disclosure I don’t think any of these are actually going to make my list…

But that doesn’t mean they don’t warrant some consideration.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… please think of this as some of my alternates – maybe they didn’t quite resonate enough with me to make my list, but that doesn’t mean you should leave them off yours!   Continue reading

Profile: Taylor Iversen and Zach Amster of Abrams

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Last month Denver’s heavy rock trio Abrams released their sophomore album Morning and it was an immediate hit here at Nine Circles. We covered the album in full here and more recently it made Chris’s mid 2017 list. The band’s combination of rock, doom and well-rounded songwriting not only shows how much they’ve matured in a short amount of time but that they are truly in it to win it. And based on the positive feedback they’ve been getting from around the horn we’d say that’s an accurate statement. We recently got a chance to ask Taylor Iversen (bass/vocals) and Zach Amster (guitars/vocals) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what they had to say.

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Initial Descent: June 4 – 10, 2017

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It’s Saturday and that means a lot of things for a lot of folks but for us it means NEW METAL. And once again we are stacked beyond ceiling height with it this week. Triumvir Foul leads us off (because they rule) with their second full length, Spiritual Bloodshed, and it finds them once again displaying some dangerous death metal chops but it’s darker than their first and they sound better than ever, you know what to do. Next up is the perfect soundtrack for a Saturday with Space Witch‘s space prog take on the stoner doom metal genre Arcanum and the band actually does the impossible in this crowded scene — they stand out! Rolling on is Abrams who truly find their identity with a career defining heavy rock album on Morning, it’s heavy and beautiful and well…I could go on but trust me here — GET IT. Anathema return with a further journey into their moody, melodic and astounding alt-rock on The Optimist and old school death metal darlings Necrot with their debut full length Blood Offerings — and I use darlings here because this band has that something special when it comes to bringing the death metal of yesteryear screaming into 2017. They combine all the high points from their limited material thus far into a fist pumping, hair raising album. But wait, there’s more — much, much more so dive in and find all the gems this week has to offer. Continue reading

Album Review: Abrams – “Morning”

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Denver trio Abrams show, on second full length Morning, exactly what it means to successfully mature as a band and kick the sophomore slump at the same time. Honestly this is more of a band finding their direction than anything but I digress, Morning is arguably one of the best heavy rock albums of the year. Bold statement indeed but one that’s fully warranted. Continue reading