If you grew up listening to metal in the 80s, you know just how important the name Johnny Zazula was. If I found a cassette put out by Megaforce Records or otherwise had Johnny Z’s name associated with it, I was buying it. He was a giant in the field of thrash metal, and losing him at the age of 69 is a crying shame. So yeah, we’re kicking off the 2017th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with a bunch of stuff associated with him. Throw one back for a titan of the genre.
The rest of the crew is all over the map, so let’s get to it. Anton brings the heavy and the new with Absent in Body, Wait, and The Last of Lucy. Ian hits with Celeste who I’ve really been digging lately, and throws in some Warning and Stormkeep to keep it moving. Josh threw me into a timewarp listening to the great first album by Tora Tora, but quickly amps the heavy up with Corpsegrinder, Extinction A.D. and Centinex (oh, and some DMX which is as heavy as anything else on this playlist). Vincent reliably brings The Mountain Goats and adds in some Elle and Cremation Lily. Angela keeps the new train moving with the new single from Messa, the latest from Rolo Tomassi and some Microwave while Buke – perhaps sensing my bringing in enough of the old school – goes decidedly modern and heavy with Dying Fetus, Ihsahn, Arcturus, and Diabolical Masquerade.
Pour one out for Johnny Z. We’ll see you next week.
New metal, long list, you need it, we got it, let’s do it. Alright then, if you had to ask yourself who that is in the header image…FOR SHAME! It’s none other than Centinex who’ve been around for 30 years now and who continue to be a freaking PILLAR of death metal on their eleventh full length—just do it. Violent Hammer couldn’t have picked a better band name since the sound on their war/black/death full length debut hits like a damn hammer, Adzes take the all in approach with their sludge, noise, post-alot, gazey sound but it works and amazingly so, and Sorcerer shed the doom by numbers approach on their third full length and opt for the epic approach and, yes indeed, it works. There it is, four rotundly killer releases to kick things off AND we’ve got so much more hiding just below. Go now and drop all the cash on all the metals. Continue reading →
Welcome to another edition of our weekly mixtape. On this mix, we’ve got a fair amount of variance coming at you, with tech-death from Ian, noise rock from Jon, all the new death metal picks from Josh, and screamo from…well, who else? You’ll find something to your taste here, so why not check these, and more, out at the link below? It’d kinda be rude not to at this point.
Another week of new releases is upon us. And while it’s a bit top-heavy, the top’s got such quality as to make it a total doozy. What’ve we got up top?
Well, for starters, there’s Inter Arma. The Richmond quintet continue their genre-bending brilliance on full-length no. 3, Paradise Gallows. And guess who’s seeing them tonight at St. Vitus? That’s right — this guy. We’ve also got the debut full-length from Brooklyn’s Anicon, who kick so many different kinds of ass. Gilead Media done good with this one, folks. Also, depending on who you ask, Vanhelgd may be dropping their killer new album, Temple of Phobos today! (They also may not be dropping it until July 22, or may have dropped it last Friday — we’ve been told 3-4 different things and have no idea which one is correct. Fun!)
Plus, there’s some new stuff from Centinex, Monolithe…hell, there’s even a Cradle of Filth reissue (reimagining? original imagining?) if you’re into that kinda thing. So enough talk; here’s what’s on tap for July 8: Continue reading →
On Centinex‘s ninth full length Doomsday Rituals, the band plays nothing but good old reliable death metal. This genre has seen many faces through the years and more recently has seen a number of thrilling bands that bend the rules as well as push the boundaries well beyond anything that has come before. All of which is is good for any genre and needs to be done for growth. However, when an album comes along that holds its history near and dear it gives the old guard something to get excited about and new fans a dose of the essential beginnings. Continue reading →