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

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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.

Interview: Void Ritual’s Daniel Jackson on blast beats, solo writing, and his new, Godzilla-themed project

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The Albuquerque-based solo black metal project Void Ritual hasn’t yet amassed a large catalog of work, but what mastermind Daniel Jackson lacks in volume he makes up for in sheer quality. After debuting last year with the three-song EP, Holodomor, Jackson returned with some new material earlier this year, contributing three new Void Ritual tracks to a split cassette with Barshasketh (read our review here). If you’re a fan of deep-rooted yet progressive black metal, it’s in your best interests to check this stuff out. It’s simply stellar.

Earlier this month, we got the chance to chat with Dan about Void Ritual, politics and his upcoming Godzilla-themed melodic death metal project, Desu. Dan not only answered our questions with candor, but at one point, also felt comfortable enough to fly off on an inspired and well-meaning rant. Here’s what he had to say: Continue reading