The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal

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In any form of art, there’s something magical about the “early works,” those seminal points of origin that set the course for wider narrative. It’s like the moment when the archaeologist finds and examines the fossil that ties together the map of disparate species. Or like the literary researcher who finally reaches the shelf with all the old texts, dusts them off and sets to work. Early extreme metal is a lot like this. There’s that turn around 1985 when you hear bands start to pull away from classical heavy metal. The guitar and bass picking patterns change, the vocals begin to lose their pitch, and the double-bass drum steadily becomes more important. Certain records appear and you realize, “wait, this isn’t really thrash anymore is it?” Buckle up and ride with us through The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 46 (6.25.2018)

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Nothing like a Monday morning to bring you back to the realization that vacations just don’t last forever. Then it wouldn’t be a vacation. Which means….. completely lost that train of thought and just need coffee plus nobody cares. Anyway, we’re back with Vol. 46 of our weekly playlist and again have some fine specimens to offer up. Last week was so busy with sand, sun and other stuff that honestly it’s good to get back to the metal. Thanks to the fam for keeping things between the lines last week and if you missed any of that great content just go back and take it all in while you listen to what we’ve been digging. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here (if you did you would’ve had a sneak peek early) and we’ll be seeing you throughout the week. What did we miss? What have you been into? We’d love to know so leave them in the comments. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Milestone Anniversaries for Death and Gorguts!

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So, can we talk about how tricky it can be finding post-worthy anniversaries for specific dates on Throwbacks like these? I tried looking back through and finding cool stuff that’s happened or dropped on June 21, and…couldn’t find much of anything I felt like writing about. Damn you, history.

BUT…break outside the strict adherence to post-date alignment, and suddenly, things got easier. After shifting the search parameters to include “+/- a day or two,” I came almost immediately upon two death metal classics: Death‘s Individual Thought Patterns, which turns 25 tomorrow; and GorgutsObscura, which crosses 20 on Saturday. THROWBACK TOPIC DECIDED.

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Album Review: Full of Hell – “Trumpeting Ecstasy”

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Where and how do you even begin to categorize Full of Hell?  With a blaspheming hand in every pot the band has taken great pains to ensure no matter what direction they go in on a musical endeavor it’ll be a singularly devastating experience.  New album Trumpeting Ecstasy does nothing to refute that, providing a furious assault on the senses that leaves the listener devoid of bodily fluids and stripped of ears and mind. Continue reading

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – June 10, 2016

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It is time for the religions of the world to die. It is time for the people of the earth to feel the wrath of Satan. For those who worship the false God will perish in the flames of Atzamot. Prepare your bodies for the eternal flame. Prepare your bodies for the burning of the flesh. Cleanse yourself in the holy waters of blood. Now is the time of death. Continue reading