Best of 2018: Josh’s List

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I had a plan in January. The same plan I have every January: to only document the albums that strike a major chord in one way or another. Yet, here we sit in December and I’m debating on at least one or two of my locked list and mourning those who fell off. Don’t take ‘fell off’ as a knock either. It simply means there was no shortage of amazing albums this year and well, I just enjoy the torture of whittling away on my favorites (not).

I’ve spoken at length about how important music is for life in general and how important it is for me as someone that had a finger on the play button for nearly all 8,760 hours that made up this year. EOY lists, I love them – always have and always will. It’s a chance to purge all the best and move on to yet another cycle into the unknown. Fire walk with me through the albums that hit home the hardest… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Bummer was August 2018’s Album of the Month!

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It’s almost October, and…we’re late with this! Blame Dan the Nurse. (Sorry, we mean “Dan the almost-nurse.”) But, just in the nick of time for our one-month-late AOTM schedule, we’re back with our chosen highlight from August: Bummer‘s Holy TerrorContinue reading

Initial Descent: August 19 – 25, 2018

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Bummer

In case you missed it or just need a podcast to get you through Monday, we featured our July album of the month late last week and you can listen right here. It was nearly a full house and absolutely a ton of fun was had so check it out. Alright then, a new week means new metal and lots of it…

Kansas City’s noise rock champs Bummer offer up their debut full length Holy Terror which lands on the dirty, grungy side of the genre but – lucky for me – that falls squarely in my wheelhouse and simply put, this album is everything I look for in noise rock. King Dude returns with Music To Make War To and the Dude continues his journey as one of the best dark neofolk artists around. Netherlands are a busy bunch having not long ago released an EP and now are back with their next full length Black Gaia — there’s entirely too many good things to say about this wildly experimental band from Brooklyn so I’ll leave it at: GO BUY IT. And, closing out the opening slots is the chunky, heavy as concrete, violent as a hammer to the face metallic hardcore of Jesus Piece on their debut Only Self.

Stunning openers but there’s so much more to come so hang with us for a while and explore. Continue reading

Profile: Kansas City Noise Rock Phenoms – Bummer

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Bummer

It’s no secret at this point that genre lines everywhere have been stretched to a point that when a band comes along and captures the essence of a particular genre it can be quite remarkable, to say the least. This is exactly what Kansas City’s Bummer have done on their full length debut, Holy Terror, due out August 24. Their chosen drug is noise rock full of wallowing sludge and angry tempos but with emphasis on methodical grooves and energetic songwriting. Essentially, they’ve captured the actual soul of what made noise rock so great when I first heard it many, many years ago. On top of that they take the classic noise soul and make it their own with a pinch of thrash and a robust dose of dirty blues (the kind that makes you want to clean up afterwards). Without completely spilling the beans before you actually listen to this thing, I’m stopping there since I could go on all day about this. One more thing, that album cover! It’s simple but damn effective.

Keep reading to find out more about this trio and be sure to hit the links at the bottom to support them. Continue reading