“The Earth starts to rumble, world powers fall. A’warring for the heavens, a peaceful man stands tall.”
- The Metal Tour of the Year, featuring In Flames, Trivium, Lamb of God, and Megadeth was moved to next year, as we all know. That said, the same organizers have announced a streaming event on June 12th that will feature memorable headlining sets from all four bands.
- Falconer have dropped a new single, “Kings and Queens”, taken from their upcoming new album titled From A Dying Ember. That one drops on June 26th through Metal Blade Records.
- Let Us Prey have released a new lyric video for “The Saint of Killers”, which features a solo from the late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert. Virtues of the Vicious is out July 24th through M-Theory Audio.
- Check out this quarantine jam of Death‘s “Overactive Imagination”, featuring Jason Bittner (Overkill/Shadows Fall), Felipe Roa (Shadows Fall), Bobby Koeble (Death), and Steve Di Giorgio (Testament/Death).
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Two weeks removed from Part 1 and we’re not out of the woods. And, quite to the contrary, we’re in the thick of it. Threat level 100….I guess. So much uncertainty, so much unknowing, so much virus, so much panic, so much hoarding, so much of all the bad stuff. We’re all tired of the ‘so much’ and it seems this thing is just getting a head of steam. Anyway, we’ve got a nice set of tunes to help push back the virus scares and bring forth the headbang; we’ve got Death, Obituary, Eyehategod, WASP, Katatonia, KISS, Mortician, and so much more. Indeed, all the bands you’d hold dear when trying to exorcize some demons and/or some asshole virus. So, jump inside that play button immediately below and try to forget, for just a second, what’s happening outside our windows. Maybe, just maybe, you find some sort of normalcy for a fleeting moment.
Jesus what a week. I thought I might be done eulogizing after Neil Peart’s tragic passing, and then immediately following that post I found out Sean Reinert passed away. I’ve never made it a secret that Human is my favorite death album, and as much as I love everything Chuck does, it’s because that album has what is, in my opinion, his best backing band. The Reinert/Masvidal/DiGiorgio combination that lead to songs like “Together As One” and “Lack of Comprehension” was incomparably important to the world of heavy music, to say nothing of Reinert and Masvidal’s accomplishments in Cynic on top of that. Heavy music lost nothing short of an icon, one of the best drummers in the game and a tireless voice for acceptance and inclusion in the world of heavy metal. I’ll be feeling this loss for quite some time, but we can and will still celebrate the work Sean left us with. — (ed.) And, of course, Reed Mullin, RIP and fly on brother. Death needs to take a break.
Husband and wife duo Forest of Tygers have an impending full length, I Will Die of Violence, coming your way November 8 on their own label Acteon Records. It’s a terrifying battlefield littered with black metal, punk, hardcore, death metal, and noise rock, just to name a few. It may sound like an ‘all but the kitchen sink approach’ and technically, it is. But the way this team puts it all together is nothing short of a cohesive, lean and mean fighting machine. Today, Nine Circles is ecstatic to bring you a premiere of the opening track, “Night’s Embers.” As you’ll hear below, it begins innocuous enough but within 30 seconds the rhythmic hardcore battering bursts its way to the front. Head directly below to give it a spin.
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