Welcome back readers. Saturday is upon us once more, and with it comes another of our world famous (ok, maybe not yet) mixtapes for you. The year is only one-third over and we’ve already been graced with a preposterous amount of good music lately, and this week in particular we got the first new track from the upcoming Yellow Eyes album, who are one of my favorite bands in existence, let alone in black metal. That one’s not on Youtube, so you can have that for free. We’ve tried to cram as much of it here as we can; here’s hoping it provides the soundtrack to a kick-ass day for you. Cheers!
I get it – we’re all under the crunch here at Nine Circles getting our 2017 lists in order, and the last thing you need is to look at another list of albums you might want to consider before signing off on your own EOY list. And hey – I’ll be the first to admit that in the interest of full disclosure I don’t think any of these are actually going to make my list…
But that doesn’t mean they don’t warrant some consideration. So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… please think of this as some of my alternates – maybe they didn’t quite resonate enough with me to make my list, but that doesn’t mean you should leave them off yours! Continue reading →
Morning, kiddos. It’s a pretty cool Friday, all things considered. For one, it’s my last day at my job. For another, I just had my brain annihilated by Carcass, Ghoul and Night Demon last night at the Gramercy Theatre. (Also, Crowbar played.) You might say I’m kinda jacked on this week, and you’d be right. Factor in some new metal on top of that? Game on. So what’ve we got this week?
Well, we start with Guidance, the new, sixth album from Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles. Beyond that? All manner of things: Vukari, Necromancing the Stone (which my colleague Manny-O-War is super high on), Bloody Hammers (with whom my other colleague Tenebrous Kate had an awesome interview)…you name it. Beginning this week, we’re also expanding our “Other New Releases of Note” section to cover even more new releases. Want your band featured in an upcoming edition? Send us your info! We’ve added a new submission form at the very end of the post to do just that.
Exciting stuff all around. But for now, let’s focus on this week — here’s what’s on tap: Continue reading →
It’s wonderfully fitting that the genre-bending dark metal band Bloody Hammers is based out of Transylvania County, North Carolina. On their fourth LP, Lovely Sort of Death, the band has taken its witches’ brew of fuzzed-out hard rock, deviously catchy hooks, and occult horror theatricality and blended in elements of post-punk and darkwave to create what might be the year’s most diabolically entertaining record. Continue reading →