Interview: Elder Devil On Their Beginnings, Lyrical Meanings and Influences

Elder Devil
Elder Devil

Hailing from Fresno, CA, Elder Devil dropped a nuclear debut of grind/crust/sludge back in May titled Graves Among the Roots — six tracks of razor sharp hate best consumed at maximum volume. And the artwork, as you’ll see below, was done by none other than Ethan Lee McCarthy from Primitive Man. Since Elder Devil sound like a sped up version of that band it is definitely fitting (more on that to come). Band submissions are a good thing and this release hit our inbox sans label and sans PR but it kicked like a mule, needless to say we were impressed and had to find out more about the band and album. So we sent over some questions and as you’ll see below they were more than gracious with their answers. Read on to see what they had to say and hit the link to purchase this amazing debut. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Wildspeaker and Filbert

Receiving the Evcharist

Welcome, my flock, to another rite.  Tonight’s offering is just about as good as it gets, which will be much needed after this week.  Get excited for this.  The Metal: Wildspeaker’s Spreading Adder.  The Booze: Transplants Brewing Company’s Filbert.     Continue reading

Album Review: Sigil – “Kingdom of the Grave”

Sigil - Kingdom of The Grave

Sigil‘s debut album, Kingdom of the Grave, is a fun little thing. Perhaps that’s to be expected when your core sound combines Wolverine Blues-esque death metal with crusty, D-beat-driven overkill, as is the case with these Texans. Still, putting the pieces together on paper and doing so on a record are two entirely different phenomena, so it’s to the band’s credit that they’re able to walk the walk on that count. Despite some notable shortcomings, it’s ultimately a decent album that’ll put a big, stupid grin on your face and make you want to jump in the pit and thrash about. Continue reading

Album Review: Trap Them – “Crown Feral”

Trap Them - Crown Feral

On Trap Them‘s fifth full length Crown Feral the band shows no let up in their extremely aggressive approach. 2014’s Blissfucker may have been slower, sludgy even, than what we’ve become accustomed to from them but was still full of venom. And, as a bonus, it more than likely garnered the band some new fans. However, they’ve been there, done that. And here they burn the house down, again. The interesting thing is that along the way each album has grown substantially darker than the last through recent years and Crown Feral is a further step in this direction, plus it’s a searing album to boot. Continue reading

Album Review: 偏執症者 – “Satyagraha”

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Nine Circles is a metal blog. First and foremost. But a few of us have a penchant for D-Beat and crust punk. Even more so, Swedish D-Beat. So when 偏執症者 (it means Paranoid) arrives in our inbox, and D-Beat is seen in the description, you can bet there is a brief war over who gets to cover it. As a founding member of Nine Circles, I won. Thus, you get to listen to me drone on about how great punk rock is as a genre, ideal and philosophy. And I get to do that by describing Satyagraha, the newest release from Swedish D-Beat psychopaths 偏執症者. Continue reading