Book Review: Jason Lief’s “Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West” by Jonathan Petkau of Domestikwom

Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred

We’re back with our slightly erratic series where Nine Circles is STILL very pleased to bring you book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The most recent post in this series features one man black metal/noise machine and occasional 9C contributor Jonathan Petkau of Domestikwom with his thoughts on Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred by Jason Lief.   Continue reading

Book Review: Henry Rollins’ “Get In the Van” by Will Rivera of Lord

Henry Rollins - Get In the Van

Over the next few months Nine Circles is very pleased to bring you a new series of book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The third post in this series features guitarist Will Rivera from the sludge/metal/hardcore band Lord with his thoughts on Get In the Van by Henry RollinsContinue reading

Book Review: Alexandre Dumas’ “Count of Monte Cristo” by Michael Martin of Ascentia

The Count of Monte Cristo

Over the next few months Nine Circles is very pleased to bring you a new series of book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The second post in this series features Michael Martin from the progressive metal band Ascentia with his thoughts on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasContinue reading

Book Review: Margaret Atwood’s “Surfacing” by Tom Coles of Sail

Margaret Atwood - Surfacing

Over the next few months Nine Circles is very pleased to bring you a new series of book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The first post in this series features Tom Coles from the progressive sludge metal band Sail with his thoughts on Surfacing by Margaret AtwoodContinue reading

Book Review: “Wormwood” by Poppy Z. Brite

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Poppy Z. Brite was a rising horror fiction writer at the time her collection of stories, Wormwood, was published. Also the author of horror novels Lost Souls and Drawing Blood, Poppy Z. Brite’s use of metaphor, poetic language, eye for detail, and uncanny character portrayal was quietly being lauded at the time, and Wormwood’s publication and reception would cement her reputation as horror’s pre-eminent practitioner. Continue reading