Receiving the Evcharist: Malsumis and Angel City Brewing’s Oolong Saison

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Welcome back brethren. It’s been a great week for music, but I hope you’ve got room to jam some more.  Tonight’s program is going to be a good one, I promise, so let’s get into it already.  The Metal: Malsumis’ Spirit Decay.  The Booze: Angel City Brewing’s Oolong Saison.   Continue reading

Album Review: Jordablod – “Upon My Cremation Pyre”

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It’s always an interesting experience when what you think an album will sound like and what it actually sounds like end up being vastly different.  When I took the promo for Jordablod‘s debut album, Upon My Cremation PyreI thought based on the logo, promo pictures, and label associated with them, I had this band pegged for that ugly blackened death metal that is commonplace now.  Not that I would have minded if that were true, but I think the fact that Upon My Cremation Pyre was almost the opposite of what I was expecting contributed a lot to why I love this album as much as I do.  The sense of having the rug pulled out from under me made me appreciate all the unique touches the band puts here even more. Continue reading

Wacken Metal Battle USA Winner… Corpse Hoarder!

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For those that need a refresher — since it has been a couple of weeks after all — the final round of the inaugural Wacken Metal Battle USA was this past weekend (May 20th) down in Philadelphia. The event took place at the Whiskey Tango and featured Philadelphia-based finalists Corpse Hoarder and Power Theory, while Boston was represented by Goblet and Upheaval. Well, after numerous regional rounds featuring a wide variety of impressive local metal, the time has come to celebrate the victor. Let us all congratulate Corpse Hoarder on winning their spot at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival later this summer! Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…”Obscure” Metal Records We Didn’t Review in 2017 (Until Now)

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We here at Nine Circles endeavor to bring to you, our devoted readers, as much razor sharp insight and commentary into the hidden pockets, nooks, and crevices the extreme metal world can offer.  We have burrowed into the underground scenes of Singapore and the Philippines, profiled some of the best and darkest metal labels around, and even reviewed a record or two.

But even our exacting eye and archeological know-how can’t dig up every release that comes out in a year.  Sometimes things get lost in the panoply of splits, reissues, cassette only demos and 800g quadruple sided splattered with the tears of an angel vinyl exclusive.  Who knows how these obscure nuggets missed our Sauron gaze? Lack of marketing funds? Little social media presence?  It doesn’t matter, for in today’s edition of Nine Circles ov… I attempt to shed some light on these obscure, little known bands…

…Lord knows they could use the exposure.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Succumb & Heal the Bay

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Welcome back once again, dear readers.  You and I have survived yet another week on this planet, and that alone is cause for celebration.  Why not enjoy that victory the best way we know how, with good drinks and great music?  Let’s get to it.  The Metal: Succumb’s S/T.  The Booze: Golden Road Brewing’s Heal the Bay.    Continue reading