Nine Circles ov…The Binder of Forgotten Metal: The Final Chapter

binder of forgotten metal part 3

Third time’s the charm, I guess.  We’ve dipped two times into the Binder of Forgotten Metal, and there’s just enough magic darkness left for a final call.  It’s been a trip revisiting some of these records (not so much others, thank you Kalas), finding the bits and pieces that stitched together reveal a step of the journey I’ve been on as a metalhead for over 35 years.  So there’s mix of nostalgia and sadness as we close the book on this particular Nine Circles ov…series and the memories the music unearthed.

So let’s crack the binding one more time, dust off those square covers and see what’s hiding in the back pages one more time…   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Scorpions, Megadeth, Nine Inch Nails and more!


March 22, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • It appears Scorpions and Megadeth will be touring together this fall. Granted, this is just a single show announcement — for an October 7 date at the LA Forum — but it does mention something called the “Crazy World Tour,” so…there’s your two and two. Maybe I’ll finally get a chance to see reverse-aging phenomenon Rudolf Schenker in person!
  • If you’re in the Los Angeles area, congratulations! Nine Inch Nails have announced their first show in three years, and it’s in your area! (At this year’s FYF Fest on July 23) If you’re not in the Los Angeles area, you get nothing and like it.
  • It’s been a while since Mike Portnoy annoyed his way out of a band, so luckily for all of us, it looks like he’s got a new one in the works! Maybe. Rumors are suggesting it’ll be with ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian and ex-Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. I give it about seven months until he’s unemployed again.
  • Judas Priest have officially entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2014’s Redeemer of Souls. Or at least, that’s what their Instagram would appear to suggest. Maybe they’ve just gotten Tom Allom and Andy Sneap to pose for pictures just to fuck with us. Who knows?
  • According to frontman Chuck BillyTestament is aiming to have the follow-up to last year’s Brotherhood of the Snake out in 2018. I wonder if a condensed recording schedule will lead to a less conspiracy theory-y album?
  • And finally, we here at Nine Circles were pretty big fans of the last Novembers Doom album, Bled White. So naturally, we’re pretty stoked to hear a new song from them! Check out the lyric video for “Zephyr” below:

The band’s new album, Hamartia, will be out April 14 on The End Records. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,

Throwback Thursday: Headbanger’s Ball

Headbanger's Ball

After nearly an 8 year run the footlights went out for the original Headbangers Ball at the end of January 1995. By this point it wasn’t much of a surprise, at least to me. The show had become a shell of its own self. Long gone were the days of rowdy interviews and comical backstage mishaps. The programming shifted into the mainstream rock and grunge thing that was happening at that time and left its roots to rot and die a slow death. During its peak though, the show was my favorite two hours of tv and thus is the focus of this edition of tbt. Continue reading

Quickies: Revocation’s mini tour, Chuck Billy’s signature vaporizers and more

Bleh. What a week. Here I am, ready to make amends for the lack of Quickies yesterday. And since I’m ready to get the hell out of the office, I’ll even be quick about it! Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

See, I don’t really know about this thing. I tend to like my cheesy, unevolving folk metal a little more upbeat than this. Either way, the band’s new album, Noita, will be out in early May. That’ll do it for us. Enjoy your weekends!

Keep it heavy,


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Stage Dive: Which Metalhead Would You Want on Your Football Team?

Football season is nearly here! Time for hundreds of overweight, ‘roided out lumberjacks to growl, tackle and play shovin’ buddies as they try and get a turd shaped ball over a line. If this isn’t your favorite time of year you haven’t lived! Anyway, coming in late–again, thanks, day job!–with this week’s topic, but it should be a fun one. For this week’s Stage Dive, we’d like to ask you:


Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski, who once ripped off a teammate's helmet in practice and punched him in the eye socket. If ever you need someone to play Nathan Explosion in a movie, here's your guy.
Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski, who once ripped off a teammate’s helmet in practice and punched him in the eye socket. If ever you need someone to play Tim Lambesis in a movie, here’s your guy.

So with a question like this, there are a number of different ways you could go. D’you go with someone like Corpsegrinder? Maybe a fictional metalhead like Nathan Explosion? Nah, for me the answer’s pretty clear–it’s gotta be Testament frontman Chuck Billy:


I mean, let’s think about this: we’ve got a guy who’s in a bitchin’ thrash band and continues to be absolutely FEROCIOUS on vocals after nearly 30 years. (Proof.) We’ve got a guy who’s beaten cancer and thus could probably beat the shit out of anything football related. (Yes, that includes Richard Sherman.) Plus, dude’s nickname is THE BIG MAN. If Chuck isn’t a guy you’d want your quarterback lining up behind, you’re a moron.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jeff Hanneman (R.I.P.) – the late Slayer guitarist was a big Raiders fan, plus there’s no way in hell we’re including Kerry King on this list
  • Cronos – when Venom hit a lull in the ’90s, Cronos used the time to pursue his interest in bodybuilding.
  • Mike Portnoy – because every football team needs a guy who fumbles literally every time he touches the ball and serves as a morale-boosting punching bag

Anyway, that’ll do it. Any fun ideas on your end? Let us know in the comments!


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.