Album Review: Churchburn – “None Shall Live… The Hymns of Misery”

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On second full length, None Shall Live…The Hymns of Misery, Churchburn take a lateral step into doom territory in lieu of continuing down the same charred, sludge path from their debut. Sludge and doom share many traits so it’s not a far cry but the violent and rough edges since The Awaiting Coffins have been hewn like a sculpture awaiting the art gallery. It most definitely is a surprise in approach but turns out to be a saving grace that not even I saw coming. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 8 – 14, 2018

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Here we are, again, with Initial Descent and why so soon you ask? Well, Initial means “existing or occurring at the beginning” and since we don’t have too many Sunday posts today is the beginning. Hence, “Initial Descent” and Saturday just ain’t it anymore. Feel strongly one way or the other? PLEASE, leave it in the comments and tell us how you feel and what you like or dislike.

Moving along, this week we have NY’s extreme avant-garde black / death metallers Imperial Triumphant triumphantly return (yep, I did that) with their third full length Vile Luxury, Churchburn are back with their doom laden second full length None Shall Live…The Hymns of Misery, Seattle’s duo Pound offer up their debut Pound which will make heads spin from the dazzling display of technical virtuosity and Deafheaven come gazing back to explode the internet on Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. 1..2..3.. has it started yet? No worries, it will.

Again, let us know if you dig the new Monday edition but whether you do or don’t, hang around and check out all the other killer stuff that’s out this week. Also, the playlist will return on Saturday so stay tuned for that and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 40 (5.7.2018)

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We’ve made it past another stacked release week and looking ahead to the next. What grabbed your attention the most last week? Anything worthy of hanging on to until end of year? I had at least one, maybe two but won’t spoil it…yet. Should be a busy week around the office but before we go full swing on that, we’ve got another playlist of tracks that ruled our listening habits last week. And just in time too, I’ve had my coffee so I need something a little stronger to assist today — still a little early to break out the bourbon. Head over to our YouTube channel and subscribe so you don’t miss anything then click that play button below. It may not get you to 5:30 but there’s always repeat. We’ll be seeing you soon. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 49

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After two weeks away, it’s time for another CONCERT POD®! (Not actually ®) The guys chat about recent live shows from Dragged Into SunlightThe Tallest Man on Earth and Inter Arma, all of which — spoiler alert! — kicked ass. Plus, new albums from Anicon and, well…Inter Arma! (It’s a pretty solid episode for the dudes from Richmond, all told.)

All that and much, much more in Episode 49, so check it out!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan

Concert Review: Dragged Into Sunlight and Primitive Man (June 30, 2016)

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You would think, having seen Dragged Into Sunlight perform at Marlyand Deathfest barely a month ago, that I would have some idea of what to expect from their late-June show in Boston. But the reality is this; Dragged Into Sunlight’s live shows have a distinguished reputation for a reason. While they were equally as ferocious this particular evening at The Middle East in Cambridge (basically Boston, for those not privy to the area), there were plenty of elements to this show that allowed it to stand out. In the end, these few hours of live music were among the most jarring and exhausting I had experienced in awhile. And I loved just about every second of it. Continue reading