The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 27


We’re back with more Best-of-’15 recaps this week, as the guys look back at albums from ObsequiaeDeath Karma and Thulcandra, among others. Plus, Spotify’s year-end listening data, and a celebration of the now-MLS-CHAMPION PORTLAND TIMBERS! (You’re probably not excited about this so we’re going to get EXTRA excited about it!!!!)

All that and…really, not all that much more in Episode 27, but check it out anyway!

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Horns Up’s Best of Q1: Dan’s List

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Welp, here we are in April—the official start of Q2—and holy hell has this year gone by quickly. Was it really three months ago already that I was home vomiting from food poisoning on New Years Eve? (And it was food poisoning, not alcohol; symptoms set in the day before New Years. While I was at work.) Regardless, we’ve had a lot of great heavy music from all manner of different scenes so far in 2015, and the albums represented on the following list are the ones I thought went down the smoothest. For my top five (unordered) metal albums of Q1—plus an additional five honorable mentions—read on: Continue reading

The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 40 (February 20, 2015)

It’s time for Episode 40 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, the guys are back with some Horns Up milestones, Corey’s tales from a drunken Presidents’ Day weekend in Portsmouth, and new album reviews for Solium Fatalis, Death Karma and Krakow!

All that and much, much more in Episode 40, so check it out!

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Album Review: Death Karma – “The History of Death & Burial Rituals, Part I”


Death. We’ve all heard of it; we’ve all had it affect our life in some way. Heck, we spend most of our lives fearing and trying to avoid it. Every culture deals with death differently and some of those rituals are fascinating—particularly to Death Karma vocalist, bassist and guitarist Infernal Vlad. Thus, the groundwork is lain for Death Karma’s first LP, The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I, a six-track concept album that seeks to reveal the rituals surrounding death & burial in Slovakia, Madagascar, Mexico, Czech Republic, India and China. Musically, it’s blackened death metal with elements of symphonic black metal, thrash and OSDM—and aside from a very digitally-compressed and tinny production standard, it’s generally a thoroughly effective album. Continue reading

Just the Tip: February 17’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases (and old release) we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week!

February 17, 2015

Solium Fatalis – The Undying Season (Galy Records)

Soooo…this thing isn’t on Spotify or Bandcamp. Or Soundcloud. Bold strategy there, guys. Corey and I have the full album and will be ready to discuss on the pod, but…unless you guys want to buy this thing sound unheard, you’re gonna have to settle for the band’s new single, “Corruptor,” for now.

Death Karma – The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I (Iron Bonehead)

Kraków – Amaran (Dark Essence)

We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 40!

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Sumac – The Deal (Profound Lore)
  • Primitive Man – Home Is Where the Hatred Is (Relapse)
  • Barshasketh / Void Ritual split (Broken Limbs)
  • Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers… (Willowtip)
  • Vardan – The Night, The Loneliness (Moribund)

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