Nine Circles ov…The Binder of Forgotten Metal: The Final Chapter

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Third time’s the charm, I guess.  We’ve dipped two times into the Binder of Forgotten Metal, and there’s just enough magic darkness left for a final call.  It’s been a trip revisiting some of these records (not so much others, thank you Kalas), finding the bits and pieces that stitched together reveal a step of the journey I’ve been on as a metalhead for over 35 years.  So there’s mix of nostalgia and sadness as we close the book on this particular Nine Circles ov…series and the memories the music unearthed.

So let’s crack the binding one more time, dust off those square covers and see what’s hiding in the back pages one more time…   Continue reading

Second Circle: Sxuperion and Corpsehammer

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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.

Ah, the EP.  Loose in definition but clear in concept, it’s the not-quite-a-full-length musical execution that doesn’t always get the praise it deserves.  Whether you want to explore a conceptual or musical theme that doesn’t fit within the framework of your band’s identity, or you have some leftovers that didn’t make the album but you hesitate to relegate to a B-side, the idea behind the EP is fascinating.  So for this edition of Second Circle I wanted to focus on two new releases that fit the mold of maintaining a unifying theme over the course of their brief run time.  So let’s knuckle down and talk about Sxuperion and Corpsehammer.   Continue reading

Profile: Anthony Hoyes and Rock Rollain of Vorzug

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Arizona is killing it with death metal bands lately and Vorzug is another one you should be familiar with based solely on the strength of their 2015 debut Call of the Vultures. But if you missed out fear not, earlier this year the band released a three song EP, aptly titled Three. The band’s take on death metal is unique in the sense that they incorporate elements of classic, traditional heavy metal but keep it brutal with those wickedly guttural vocals. One listen to the EP’s opening track “The Ever Living” and thoughts of early Judas Priest and Angel Witch dance through your head. There’s furious guitar work, classic melodies, blast beats and even subtle hints of black metal to be found but the solid base of these tracks is razor sharp death metal — to say these it’s a ton of fun is an understatement. We got the chance to ask Anthony Hoyes and Rock Rollain our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and click the streams while you’re reading. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov… The Binder of Forgotten Metal, Part II

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We’re back…time to crack the spine and delve back into the musty pages of the Binder of Forgotten Metal™ one more time.  I had a blast the last time listening to a bunch of music (strangely almost all from 2005) that not only had I practically forgotten about, but was most likely instrumental in bringing me into the fold of extreme metal.

Looking through the entries I picked I’m sure we’re going to have quite the same hit to miss ratio of lost gems, but there’s no telling until we dive in so once again get on your hip waders and let’s do this… Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…The Binder of Forgotten Metal

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There is a significant real estate issue in my house when it comes to physical media.  I have one room that is totally mine, but there's only so much you can cram into a 9×12 foot office.  So I began to make concessions: in addition to moving largely digital I've been transferring a lot of my CDs into binders, relegating the towers (thank you IKEA Gnedby) to the music I listen to the most.

When I first got back into extreme music, I was buying whatever I could to get a sense of what it was I liked and identified with.  Now I have two fat binders full of stuff I probably haven't listened to in years, so for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I decided to grab one of those dusty old binders, open it up and grab some metal to see what I moved in error, and what rightfully deserved its place among the forgotten. Let's dig in…   Continue reading