CANTO: Suffocation, Eight Bells, Backslider, and More

To make 2022 even worse… I’m pretty sure I lost my entire photo and music library. Help.

  • Let’s start with tour news, some good… some bad. First some good. Suffocation have announced a new 2022 North American tour with Atheist, Soreption, and Contrarian. The dates cover late May through late June, and tickets go on sale Friday at this location.
  • Less positive news has emerged from Khemmis, who has postponed their West Coast tour until June. All previously purchased tickets are still valid, and it sounds like some more dates might even be added. Read up on all that here.
  • Philadelphia sludge punk collective Backslider released a new track and video today, titled “Pseudomessiah”. That’s taken from the upcoming new album, Psychic Rot, which drops on February 11th through To Live A Lie Records.
  • Som shared a new track from their upcoming new album, The End of Everything, which is out on January 21st through Pelagic Records. Listen to “Center” here.
  • We’re going to wrap up with the first new Eight Bells material I’ve heard in forever. Check out “Destroyer” below. Legacy of Ruin is out on February 25th through Prophecy Productions.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
cmb

CANTO: Maryland Deathfest, Thy Catafalque, Sevendust, and More

Well. It appears my 2022 festival calendar is starting to fill up. Partly because…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
cmb

CANTO: Cattle Decapitation, Sunn O))), Amon Amarth, and More

at the gates band

Today was ten levels of stupid.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal

morbidangelearly

In any form of art, there’s something magical about the “early works,” those seminal points of origin that set the course for wider narrative. It’s like the moment when the archaeologist finds and examines the fossil that ties together the map of disparate species. Or like the literary researcher who finally reaches the shelf with all the old texts, dusts them off and sets to work. Early extreme metal is a lot like this. There’s that turn around 1985 when you hear bands start to pull away from classical heavy metal. The guitar and bass picking patterns change, the vocals begin to lose their pitch, and the double-bass drum steadily becomes more important. Certain records appear and you realize, “wait, this isn’t really thrash anymore is it?” Buckle up and ride with us through The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal. Continue reading

Unholy Divers: Atheist

unholy divers atheist band

Welcome to the first edition of Unholy Divers, a new series here at Nine Circles where we immerse ourselves in the discographies of bands we should be more familiar with, but for whatever reasons, just aren’t.

Admit it: we’ve all had those conversations with other metalheads where we pretend to be experts on a band – you know, because metal cred, guys – but actually know next to nothing about them. (Okay, this isn’t just a metal-specific occurrence.) You know how it goes – lots of “oh, yeah,” and “definitely, dude,” but hardly any actual knowledge of the artist or their music. With the wealth of music available to us, it’s just bound to happen; nobody can possibly listen to everything. (Except maybe the human encyclopedias over at Last Rites.)

Unholy Divers is our attempt to close these knowledge gaps. Each time out, we’ll take a deep dive (ha-ha) into a different band’s catalogue – studio albums, EPs, singles, splits, you name it – and hopefully give ourselves a better sense of what exactly the cool kids have been talking about for all these years. And then, we’ll write about it.

So without any further ado, let’s jump into our first band…  Continue reading