Best of 2018: Chris’s List

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What does music do for you?

In the end, it’s the only question that matters.  An admittedly hard question to hear, what with the screaming of every opinion in every corner of the internet, but in the end when you step away from the noise and muck of screen shouting and scene guarding it’s your opinion in the end.  Every year that I’ve written an end of year list for Nine Circles it’s been a variation of the same theme: when we write about music, we’re writing about ourselves.  What matters is what the music does to you, and for you.

But what’s the point, if you’re really only writing for yourself? Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Allfather’s Tom Ballard on “And All Will Be Desolation” and much more!

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Back in September, Allfather released their first ‘official’ full length, And All Will Be Desolation, and if you’ve been even the most casual of fan, it’s undeniable how astounding their progression is on this album. If you’ve followed them since the beginning (No gods. No masters.) as I have, you must have been as blown away as was I. Everything about their doom by way of hardcore by way of death metal by way of sludge is thicker and heavier than anything they’ve done leading up to this, but it’s the way they’ve grown in the songwriting department that shines the most. I’ve been speaking with vocalist Tom Ballard over messages and emails for some time now but recently had the chance to chat with him about the new album, fan interactions and so much more. It was great, after all this time, to finally have a one on one with him so head inside to hear how it went. Continue reading

Album Review: Allfather – “And All Will Be Desolation”

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Throw a stone into any blackened corner of the world and chances are before you hit dirt you’ll hit a hardcore band.  Standing out from the crowd of people down-tuning their guitars and barking their rage through riff and breakdown is getting harder and harder, and in a genre where the vocals/lyrics are actually discernable you need to be even more on your game.  Mixing doom, sludge, and a healthy dose of good old fashioned heavy metal into their sound, UK’s Allfather have slowly been distinguishing themselves from the rest of the herd, but on new album And All Will Be Desolation they take a gigantic leap forward to deliver a bruising, vital record that firmly leaves their brethren behind.   Continue reading