Good morning and welcome again to our Nine Circles weekly mixtape. This Saturday, we’ve got a track from one of my all-time favorite albums to bust out as the weather gets colder, a track from the new Dark Buddha Rising album, and the lead single from the forthcoming new Emptiness album. All that and more at the link below.
I don’t need to tell you what this is. Just look at that gorgeous Ken Kelly artwork, reminiscent of the best of Frank Franzetta (who was Kelly’s uncle, incidentally). You instantly know, before you hear a riff, that you’re into some epic-scale traditional metal. It’s something Eternal Champion have been holding the torch for since their inception, and new album Ravening Iron continues to set the template for what bands attempting to make this kind of music should be striving toward. Continue reading →