The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Imperial Triumphant was July 2018’s Album of the Month!

How ’bout that new podcast logo, huh? HUH? Anyway, it’s mid-August, and that means it’s time to look back at July for our latest Album of the Month podcast. This month’s honoree: Imperial Triumphant!

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Album Review: Hoth – “Astral Necromancy”

hoth - astral necromancy

I don’t know if the fact that Seattle, WA melodic black/death band Hoth derived their name and much of the narrative content of their songs from the Star Wars franchise helped or hindered their career.  Bands have forever taken inspiration from the media they love, and galaxies far, far away and don’t seem so alien when compared to the veritable glut of bands and albums trading favors off well-established fantasy literature.  In the end more often than not it’s a framework to hang some righteous riffing on, so the question really should be: does new album Astral Necromancy, regardless of its conceptual conceit, adorn itself with worthwhile bling or is it all just tricks of the light?    Continue reading

Profile: George Ntavelas of Blackened Death Metal Destructors Demonic Obedience

Demonic Obedience
photo courtesy of Kruxator, edit by Nik Efimidis

Scotland’s Demonic Obedience may have never been the death / black metal freight train they are on their recently released third full length Fatalistic Uprisal of Abhorrent Creation. The band started in 2013 as The Deepest and played a more progressive style of death metal. But, within less than a year shifted their vision and have been a destructive force ever since. We recently roundtabled with mastermind and guitarist George Ntavelas with our set of Profile questions so head inside to get the scoop and support the band via the links contained. Continue reading

Album Review: Demonic Obedience – “Fatalistic Uprisal Of Abhorrent Creation”

Demonic Obedience - Fatalistic Uprisal of Abhorrent Creation

The notion Edinburgh, Scotland’s Demonic Obedience is hardly the band it once was is more than a talking point. In truth, that’s because this is now a bonafide group in the first place. Demonic Obedience debuted in 2013 as a one-man operation by George Ntavelas. After producing 2014’s Morbid Supremacy of Evil and 2016’s Nocturnal Hymns to the Fallen, Ntavelas returns with some backup, in the form of a vocalist and bassist. While the band is seemingly still very much his brainchild, there is a new dimension to what Ntavelas does that’s indubitably entrancing.

On Fatalistic Uprisal Of Abhorrent Creation, the new album by Demonic Obedience, the trio presents an arresting, elemental return to the music scene. With industrial flourishes obfuscating the death metal pastiche it has presented before, over these eight new songs, the fresh dimensions prove to be affecting, and addictive. Continue reading

Second Circle: Throne of Heresy and Tetragrammacide

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

What do you think of when you see the term “blackened death” applied to a band or album?  Is it predominantly death metal, but “blackened” up a bit?  Is it black metal with traces of that good ol’ drop-D groove?  Is it once again just a silly attempt to pigeon-hole and categorize something for easier consumption?  Rhetorical questions one and all, but it helps to classify the theme for this edition of Second Circle as we check out the latest slab from Throne of Heresy and the debut from Tetragrammacide.   Continue reading