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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Profile: Jason Higson of Australian Sludgesters Yanomamo

Yanomamo

For a band that takes their name from an indigenous Amazonian group that is somewhat known for ritualistic endocannibalism, Yanomamo are on brand with slimy sludge and doom ridden psychedelics. Listening to their upcoming fourth EP, No Sympathy For A Rat, it’s hard not to conjure images from movies such as Cannibal Ferox and Green Inferno, right at the moment the subjects realized their fate would be sealed but with the twist that everyone stopped right there and smoked bowls before the atrocities began. It’s abrasive at its core and methodical in its riffs with just enough slow stoner metal thrown in to amplify the dreadful atmosphere they create. Ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist Jason Higson so head directly below to see how it went down and be sure to visit the links contained within to show them some support. Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Danzig, Marduk, Otep and more!

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Glenn Danzig

June 23, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:

    • Leading off, Glenn Danzig has revealed he’ll be playing Danzig III: How the Gods Kill in full at this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago. At this point, is there any more crazy shit for Glenn to pull out of his hat for Riot Fest?

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Album Review: Somnium Nox – “Terra Inanis”

Somnium Nox - Terra Inanis

Chances are if your album cover has budding skull flowers and a skeleton bird overlooking an ominous moon, you have some level of black metal going on.  For Australian band Somnium Nox, you have a whole lot of black metal going on in the form of their debut LP Terra Inanis.  Enveloping their atmospheric black metal in a wash of darkness and buried menace the band and album provide a spectral, haunting soundscape that reinforces Australia as a country to be reckoned with when it comes to extreme metal.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Temple Nightside and Bell’s Brewery’s Lager of the Lakes

Receiving the Evcharist

With my dearly beloved cohort in blog-crime away at Migration Fest, I decided to step up to the liquor soaked plate and combine one of my absolute favorite fancy beers with an album that I really enjoy but wasn’t able to cover in detail. It should be known that I’m generally a Miller Lite of Miller Hi-Life kind of guy. I like having something as a go-to that is simple, direct and generally pretty watery. But when I like to step it up, I don’t mess around. On the metal end, I think it’s no secret that I’m pretty all over the board. But I tend to like a lot more aggression in my metal than I do in my beer. So for this week’s edition of Receiving the Evcharist I will pair a Bell’s Lager of the Lakes with the newest release from Australian blackened death metal outfit, Temple Nightside. Continue reading