Interview: Gregor of UR on “Hail Death”, Ignoring Genre, and Song Economy


Hail Death was a late 2016 punch to the face courtesy of Polish metal warriors UR. Building on a solid modern black metal foundation, the trio moves through death metal, thrash and even some elements of punk and goth to deliver a sharp, concise record that stood out as a great debut in a year chock full of amazing releases. Guitarist/vocalist/mainman Gregor took some time to talk with Nine Circles about the history of the band, working in a trio format, and how the Polish metal scene has grown into the powerhouse it is today. Check it out after the jump. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 11 – 17, 2016

High Spirits
High Spirits
Welcome to another Initial Descent and yet another stacked batch of releases. Hopefully you spent yesterday getting a head start because there’s enough on tap here to keep most anyone busy. We all could use some happiness so do yourself, and those around you, a favor and check out High Spirit‘s latest full length Motivator. On the opposite spectrum, if you just recovered from Subrosa’s latest dive into Light Falls from Wrekmeister Harmonies and keep that heavy yet somber feeling alive. Blister your eardrums with Cara Neir and Wildspeaker‘s latest Split on Broken Limbs Recordings, who actually have several out this week that warrant your time. Sumerlands debut Sumerlands deeply satisfies the traditional heavy metal craving and Mare Cognitum returns with their hypnotizing take on atmospheric black metal with Luminiferous Aether. All that and much more so click that “continue reading” link. Continue reading

Album Review: Pogavranjen – “Jedva Čekam Da Nikad Ne Umrem”


The band’s name Pogavranjen simply doesn’t exist in the Croatian language. The members, in a drunken stupor created the word to describe someone who has morphed into a were-raven-like creature. Hailing from Zagreb, Croatia Pogavranjen creates some very experimental, progressive stylings. On their new LP Jedva Čekam Da Nikad Ne Umrem, their third full-length to date, Pogavranjen are themselves morphing into some indefinable, non-existent creature. Soaring over generic categorization and easily pinned down music, Pogavranjen succeed in not only experimenting but captivating. The music is essentially darkened soundscapes enhanced by elements of pyschadelic, jazz and metal. Never formulaic,  Jedva Čekam Da Nikad Ne Umrem remains as an off-kilter yet centered work of art. Continue reading