Interview: Gabe Grosso (Hobbs) of Drug Honkey on “Cloak of Skies,” Guest Appearances and More

Drug Honkey
Drug Honkey

Drug Honkey are a doom quartet from Chicago. The band plays a unique mix of doom, death metal and sludge and have released four full length albums since forming in 1999. A couple months ago they released their latest, and fifth full length album, Cloak of Skies via Transcending Obscurity Records. I recently spoke to guitarist Gabe Grosso (Hobbs, guitars) about the album, guest features and more so read on to see what he had to say. Continue reading

2017 Mid-Year Report, Part Deux: Managing the Overflow

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*there is no Immortal in this list.  I just really like the pic.

The style and format of the Nine Cirles ov… articles is such that we limit ourselves to nine entries on whatever topic it is we’re blathering about.  It’s a blessing and a curse: it really helps hone down what you want to cover but, as in the case of this week’s mid-year favorites it can really kill your groove, particularly when there’s so much awesome to cover in the first half of the year.

And man there’s SO MUCH GOOD STUFF OUT THERE.  Someone on Twitter mentioned how he dug the list for the simple reason that none of my choices would have made his list.  Now, after you pick yourself up off the floor in shock that sometimes (rarely, admittedly) social media can be a sensible and warm community, revel in the fact that this just reinforces the amount of quality out there so far in 2017.  So, you all good with a second course?  Let’s dig in… Continue reading

Album Review: Heresiarch – “Death Ordinance”

Heresiarch - Death Ordinance

New Zealand is often credited as one of the best places to go to seek out the gnarliest death metal available.  Particularly, the trio of Diocletian, Witchrist, and Heresiarch have been giving me exactly the kind of churning blackened death metal that I hold so very dear.  Though Heresiarch’s output has been less prolific than their counterparts, their discography embodies the ethos of quality over quantity.  Now, however, the band breaks silence with their latest and best offering ever, Death Ordinance.   Continue reading

Roundtable Retrospective: Incantation – Three Post “Onward to Golgotha” Favorites

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Incantation

Incantation is releasing its latest full-length, Profane Nexus, next month, and what better way to welcome this release by a band easily enshrined in the death metal canon than to discuss our favorite albums released by the band.  Take note that we steered away from Onward to Golgotha to assure that we give due credit to Incantation’s other quality releases, as many are sure to mention Onward to Golgotha to be Incantation’s landmark release, and an album widely considered to be one of the best in metal history.

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Nine Circles ov…2017: A Mid-Year Report

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Do we even do mid year lists around here?  I debated with myself (eeewww) for hours about doing one, but having just run the tally of albums I checked out this year I realized 1) now was as good a time as any to sit down and stock of what stuck in my ears so far in 2017 and 2) I needed a topic for the next Nine Circles ov… anyway, so why not kill two birds with one stone and highlight some of the great releases from the first half of the year?

And let’s be clear: there’s a lot to check out.  I have 251 albums sitting in my 2017 folder right now and I’ll be the first to admit there’s no way in Hell I devoted the attention some of these releases deserved, which is probably why mid year lists change so much by the time the end of the year rolls around.  What didn’t stick now may stick later, the chemical makeup in your brain undergoes a subtle shift and HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME…you get the picture.  So consider this a snapshot: if the quality of these nine releases are anything to go by, metal is having another great year – so great I have an album on here you all will cry our isn’t even remotely metal – and will only get get better as the year moves along.  Let’s do this.

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