Denis “Snake” Bélanger of Voivod on their new EP “Ultraman” and much more!

Voivod

Some 40 years and change has seen a lot in the Voivod camp. A handful of genres crossed, a deep discography, and tons of rabid fans that soak up anything and everything they can get their hands on. The Voivod of today makes some of the best sci-fi metal you’re likely to ever hear and on their newest EP, Ultraman, they offer a stunning tribute to the TV series theme of the same name. As if that’s not enough, the EP also offers some bonus live tracks. Buke recently sat down with vocalist Denis “Snake” Bélanger to discuss the new EP, the band’s deep history, and so much more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.

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Initial Descent: October 9 – 15, 2022

Daeva – courtesy of Scott Kinkade

Are we all knee deep in our 31 days of horror? Of course we are (just nod and carry on). On that; for those unaware, our man Chris is knee deep in his Blood Red column so be sure to keep up with that. Alrighty then, new metal and we got it yet again this week. We kick things off with a nasty speed demon from Daeva, a wicked deathcore outing from Lorna Shore, ripping death metal from both Ripped To Shreds and Catalyst, as well as many more in the list that follows. And yes, it’s another stellar week for new releases so dive in, turn up, and get some. We’ll see you here throughout the week.

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Imperial Triumphant was July 2022’s Album of the Month!

Once again it’s Album of the Month time and for July it was a pretty unanimous pick with Spirit of Ecstasy from Imperial Triumphant. The usual gang of suspects are present for the discussion as well as MC Supreme Buke. Much is made of just how insanely good this album is and the band’s penchant for being over the top in the best way possible. Elsewhere the gang spends a good portion of the runtime gushing over everything else they listened to since they last got together and since we had a technical glitch (absolute obliteration) with our June episode, some time was spent looking back on that as well.

In other words, just another episode of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Initial Descent: August 7 – 13, 2022

The Halo Effect

Shorter new metal list than usual this week. I guess everyone decided to take a quick breather? No idea really, but we’ve still got some quality gems to uncover from The Halo Effect, Boris, Grotesqueries, Arch Enemy, and a handful of others. In other words, the list may be short but it has girth. As always, happy hunting and if your band or label wants to be included in an upcoming edition of this here post, hit us up at the email found on our about page and include the pertinent information. I know that sounds elementary, but you’d be surprised. Enjoy and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: July 24 – 30, 2022

Krisiun

We’ve featured some best of mid year picks recently and thinking about those along with my own running list I keep throughout each year, it is absurd how much really good metal we’ve been handed thus far in 2022. I mean, ABSURD… in a good way of course. And, the last half is looking pretty damn good as well. So, there’s that. Speaking of good stuff, this week’s list of new releases offer up more of that from Krisiun, Triumvir Foul, Chat Pile, and Grima. As usual though, there’s a loaded list that follows these four that are certainly worth exploring. Go do that and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

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