Second Circle: Void Ritual (Slight Return)

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In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

There was the briefest of moments, listening to the second album in the span of two weeks from New Mexico’s Void Ritual that I got angry.  It was a green-tinged anger, the kind that could only come from the jealous realization that here was a man doing what I was attempting to do, but doing it with a breadth and passion and technical execution I would always dream of but never achieve.  And twice in August!  It’s like that sometimes, and it passes quickly enough when I remember I didn’t corner the market on crippling self doubt.  It also helps that Daniel Jackson, the man behind Void Ritual is by all accounts (including my own) a hell of a good guy so for this edition of Second Circle I put aside my childish envy and revel in my admiration to engage with his latest two full-lengths.   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Moon Tooth, Void Ritual, Meshuggah and more!

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Moon Tooth

April 19, 2017

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

  • Leading off, here’s a tour announcement you won’t see every day: Moon Tooth has revealed that they and Tombs will be supporting…Fit for an Autopsy? And hey! They’re coming to my hometown, so I can do one of my patented “catch both the opening bands, then Irish exit before the headliner” routines!

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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 52


Corey’s tied up this week, so joining Dan on the pod is special guest Daniel Jackson! Dan is the mastermind behind Void Ritual, Dead Wretch and a bunch of other projects, and was also recently named editor of the forthcoming Kwinn Metal blog. The conversation was recorded on Tuesday, and took the two Dans all over the place — from Opeth to Maryland Deathfest to Mare Cognitum and more. It’s a hell of a time, trust us.

All that and much, much more in Episode 52, so check it out!

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Keep it heavy,

Mini-Profile: Daniel Jackson’s Not-Metal Favorites

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We here at Nine Circles have been inspired by a number of writers. In the near future, we will start doing writer profiles for some of them, for it was those writers that inspired us to join, and water down, their craft. With that in mind, we asked a preliminary question to a bunch of writers we intend to profile. Today we bring you everybody’s favorite hero of metal and true believer in women’s rights, Daniel Jackson! Continue reading

Weekend Recap: 4/12/2015 – 4/18/2015

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Well howdy ‘do, another weekend come and gone, and another Sunday spent contemplating how the hell it did so as quickly as it did. With Corey down in Boston for marathon prep, you’ve got me for this edition of the Weekend Recap. Let’s get right into it, then, shall we?

  • In Episode 48 of The Horns Up Podcast, we made fun of Dave Mustaine’s hilarious excuse for a crowdfunding campaign, then took a look at new albums from Outre, Bladecatcher and Árstíðir lífsins. There’s more, too, but why spoil it? Listen and find out for yourselves!
  • Manny-O-War had a great conversation with Void Ritual mastermind Dan Jackson about blast beats, writing and recording solo, and his new, Godzilla-themed project, Desu.
  • In case you didn’t have enough Manny-O-War, the second edition of his column, “The Many Faces of Manny,” dropped this week! This time out, he railed against heavyweight cotton t-shirts—as hilariously as you might expect.
  • Need a little death metal in your Sunday? Check out Josh’s look back at Deicide’s Once Upon the Cross from this week’s Retrospective.
  • That’s probably the best bet for your death metal fix. As we saw in my review on Tuesday, Bladecatcher’s first venture into the genre—the debut EP, Obverse—leaves a bit to be desired.

Anyway, that should more than cover you for stuff from last week. Check back throughout this week and see what’s new!

Keep it heavy,


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.