Troglodyte’s Jeff Sisson on new album “The Hierarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome to the Food Chain,” bigfoot death metal, and much more!

Troglodyte are the bigfoot themed death metal band you probably don’t know about, but should. They’ve been around since 2005 and have, with new album The Hierarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome to the Food Chain, four full lengths of gnarly, meat and potatoes death metal that sounds like a big, bloody slab of top shelf filet mignon tastes. Buke sat down with vocalist and mainman Jeff Sisson to discuss the new album and what they’ve been up to since 2015 and their last album, the band’s bigfoot theme and how that came to be as well as themed metal bands in general and what it takes to make that work. They also cover Jeff’s history in horror movies, owning a video store, some of his favorite movies in general, consuming music in the current streaming age, how the new album art came to be, and the band’s killer merch game. 

This is an epic length conversation, so grab your beverage of choice and settle in for another edition of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Profile: David Cleere of Bailer


On the heels of three bare knuckle EP’s, Ireland bred Bailer are readying their full length debut, Disposable Youth, and it’s an atom bomb of grim, metallic hardcore born from a world that has literally gone to hell in a hand basket. The album is truly a testament to where they’ve been in a sense of maturing from the EP’s and molding that early sound into a gnarly beast that is as nihilistic as it is heavy. Just ahead of the album’s release we posed our set of Profile questions to bassist David Cleere to get some background on him and the band. Read on to see how it went down and do be sure to pick up a copy from the links contained within. 

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Initial Descent: May 30 – June 5, 2021


Alright friends, readers, enemies, and foes; this is the week I’ve been sitting on pins and needles for. And also the week that has lightened my wallet the most via preorders. Take note, homies and homettes. The best current offering for sick and nasty deathgoregrind is Fluids and they are up this week with their third full length of sick and nasty ass tunes to get the juices flowing, resurrecting Massacre by way of a tad more groove and a lot more Floridian swamp ass is Inhuman Condition with their spot on excellent debut, technical metal god Hannes Grossmann is back with another slab of greatness, and progressive doom champions Boss Keloid return for an album that will challenge every thought you have about that genre as well as their previous output aaaand it is amazing. All that and a crap ton more awaits below so get your wallets ready, this is the week you will clean out all the dust in said wallet. Enjoy!

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Initial Descent: April 25 – May 1, 2021

I don’t know about you but the live show wait has nearly come to a sudden stop with the announcement of Deicide hitting the road AND coming near me. As far as this show goes, August can’t come soon enough and if any of you are near or somewhat near the ATL, hit me up. Alrighty, we’re back, again, for another installment of “what’s new and exciting this week.” Answer: plenty. Goregäng return from the crypts of death with a few new tracks and a few live tracks, everyone’s favorite hard hitters Gojira offer up album number seven—finally, Mortifero cover that dark folk space I love so much, and ewïg frost continue their reign of beer swillin’, liquor shooting, excellent speed metal. And that’s just the start of a lengthy list that follows. So, hop to it.

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Initial Descent: February 28 – March 6, 2021


Change blows. I hate change when it hits somewhat close to home. Generalities here as no one cares about the details, but let me just say that if change finds you and there’s nothing you can physically do about it, don’t let it eat you up. Embrace it and move on as life is too short. Anyway, the only change to endure here is a new batch of fresh metal and again, we’ve got tons of it; death metal from vastly different ends of the spectrum from Baest, Bonecarver, and Exanimis, then a rather gazey post-metalish outing from Som. All of these are excellent in their own ways and are can’t miss efforts, but that’s definitely just the beginning so keep reading and explore everything else. And, don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone simply due to genre tags. You might miss something crazy good. Enjoy the hunt and we’ll be seeing you throughout the week.

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