Concert Review: Bell Witch and Primitive Man, 11.3.2017 and 11.11.2017

Primitive Man - Bell Witch 2017

Both Josh and I were lucky enough to catch the massive Bell Witch/Primitive Man shows in our respective areas. Since these two shows fell in rather quick succession, we decided to combine our thoughts into a single post. These performances undoubtedly left an impact on us both, so let’s get into it, shall we? Continue reading

Interview: Ufomammut on 8, the Importance of Home and Creative Energy

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Ufomammut – pic courtesy of Malleus

A little over a month ago, Italy’s Ufomammut released their aptly titled eighth full length album 8, covered here, which continues to garner a hefty slab of my attention. So much so that I truly believe it is an absolute ‘must hear.’ Each album from this band is another step on an ever expanding journey: from the bulky weight of Godlike Snake to the experimentation of Oro to the forward thinking doom of Eve, Ufomammut continue to push their own sonic boundaries and find ways to make each note resonate more than the last. Plus, they’ve been together so long now that when performing together they seem telepathically linked and able to bend sound to their will. We recently had the opportunity to ask the band a few questions about 8, the importance of home and their creative energy — among other things — so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Album Review: Sorcerer – “The Crowning of the Fire King”

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I wish there were more bands fighting to claim the mantle of melodic doom made essential by bands like Candlemass and Solitude Aeternus.  In most cases bands tend to slip too far over to either pure doom or more traditional metal.  Striking that balance between incredible riffs, melodies and solos while maintaining keep your feet firmly planted in a solemn doom foundation is tough.  Unless you happen to be Sorcerer, who can seemingly pull head banging, fist pumping anthems to the heavy out of thin air on their newest album The Crowning of the Fire King.   Continue reading

Album Review: Spectral Voice – “Eroded Corridors of Unbeing”

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Its hard to exist in the underground metal scene and not hear about the great things coming out of Denver, CO.   Across the spectrum of metal, bands like Khemmis, Glacial Tomb, Primitive Man, and Blood Incantation, as well as labels like Dark Descent Records, are making the Rocky Mountain city a haven for metal fans.  Among this new contingent is Spectral Voice, a band who has been content, until now, to gather attention through a steady series of splits and EP’s.  Now the band is set to release their debut full-length Eroded Corridors of Unbeing and capitalize on that momentum. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Bandcamp Ketchup

Nine Circles ov bandcamp ketchup

Ketchup, catsup, catch-up…it’s all the same here at Nine Circles: stuff is constantly falling through the cracks.  And while we’ll have our annual quarterly round-up from the crew coming shortly, I’ve got enough albums I’ve been digging over the last few months that devoting a Nine Circles ov… column felt natural.  All of the selections below came from my own interest in the band – this isn’t a list of the releases we receive as promos I haven’t had time to review (that list would be immense and frightnening).

So let’s see what’s on the menu…   Continue reading