The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 20: EOY Edition (12.4.2017)

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Since we are closing in on the final few weeks of the year and ‘best of’ list season has begun, for this edition of the Nine Circles Playlist each of us picked a select few of our favorite songs from 2017. Some of these are from albums that didn’t quite hit the mark, as a whole, but had that one particular song or set of songs that warranted an extra high play count. And some of these have been included here even though you may see them again in list form — or maybe not, only time will tell. As usual, expect a wide variety of picks contained in this playlist so, grab a cup of coffee and journey through this collection with us. Oh and feel free to voice your opinions in the comment section to tell us why or why not these songs ruled or didn’t. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 9 – 15, 2017

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Well, we’ve made it to the eve of Easter. For you youngsters out there be mindful of time as it happens and seize the moment, you will get older and time will fly by so fast you’ll miss everything. Speaking of seizing the moment, there’s tons of great metal to enjoy this week so let’s get to it. Craven Idol lead us off with their second full length of blackened thrash, The Shackles of Mammon — full review and interview links are moments away and worth every second of your time to investigate. Next up is Vaiya with their mesmerizing take on atmospheric black metal and first proper full length Remnant Light. Moving on, Buckshot Facelift melt ears, faces and everything else within hearing distance with their heady mix of death metal, grindcore and powerviolence on Ulcer Island. Hexis show us how blackened hardcore violence is properly put to tape on Tando Ashanti, and old school thrashers Blood Feast are back with their first release in 28 years, The Future State of Wicked, and honestly you have no idea how much you’ve missed them until you hit play on this wicked good album, get it — trust me. As usual there’s much more in store to take up all your time so feel free to stay as long as you like and sample everything there is to offer, after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Craven Idol – “The Shackles of Mammon”

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I’ve had an awfully fun time covering Craven Idol‘s The Shackles of Mammon. From the first minute I got my hands on this album, it sunk its teeth into me and refused to let go, and now that its release date is around the corner, I’m honored to give a more detailed account of this ferocious offering. If you want an inside look into the making of The Shackles of Mammon, check out my interview with the band, where they were kind enough to discuss everything from their new members to the inspiration behind the incredible cover art pictured above. Otherwise, read on to get my thoughts on this ripper of an album. Continue reading

Interview: Craven Idol on New Members, Writing Without Agenda, and Vokills

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UK vanguards of classic extreme metal Craven Idol are back and standing stronger than ever. With two new members added to their ranks and a batch of razor sharp new songs under their belt, the band has upped their game significantly since 2013’s Toward Eschaton. Their particular blend of thrashing black metal has gotten only more wild and frenzied in the interim, with tighter instrumentation and some of my favorite vocals I’ve heard on any album in recent memory. Ahead of the release of The Shackles of MammonImmolator of Sadistik Wrath took some time to answer some questions we had for the band, and offers a glimpse into the band’s songwriting process and influences. See what he had to say after the jump.

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