Nine Circles ov…a 9C Review Preview (aka my Vacation Playlist)

9C metal vacation playlist

That’s right, folks…in a few short hours I will be on a plane and getting out of this god forsaken hell hole where it’s already stating to snow AGAIN and heading South for warmer climes, cooler waters, and copious amounts of alcohol – copious in this instance meaning maybe 1-2 drinks since I’m old and sleepy and my liver won’t stand for much more than that at this point.

But fear not!  Our lovely editor has made sure I am not forgoing my Nine Circles duties, and has loaded me up with  a ton of music to start digesting so when I get back I can get back to sharing what’s hot, what’s not, and what’ll curl your toes with glee or disgust (who am I to judge?).  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I give you a purview of a few things on my radar over the next few weeks.  Does this seem like a quick ploy to bang a column out before I leave for vacation?  Sure!  Does it matter?  You be the judge!     Continue reading

Profile: Danny Sher of Horse Torso

Horse Torso
Horse Torso

We’ve talked before about how chance emails in our inbox can lead to amazing discoveries and an email from Danny Sher, mastermind and drummer, for Brooklyn based experimental group Horse Torso was one such mind bending discovery. This instrumental band also features Baroness bassist Nick Jost and guitarists Will Chapin and Andrew Smiley — together, they offer up a dissonant platter of jazzy, intense and highly improvisational noise rock. Being a fan of jazz and all sorts of experimental music myself, I can honestly say this band challenges me in ways many others can only dream of and I thoroughly enjoy each and every chance I get to try and unravel the mysteries contained in the eight tracks that grace debut full length Wolf Who Cried Boy. The album was released last October and we recently had the chance to ask Danny our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and be sure to support the band via Bandcamp.

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

Ufomammut co Malleus
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

Video Premier: Monophonic Shooting Spree – “Launch”

MSS - another soylant green world

When we think of “extreme” music we tend to focus on things that are distinctly metallic:  the faster and louder and more abrasive it is, the more extreme is it.  Erik Highter has for years made a habit of exploring the other, less covered sides of extreme music: whether in dialog with Craig Hayes in their sporadic but always engaging Outré Monde series, or by way of his experimental musical persona The Monophonic Shooting Spree.  Often using his own body in conjunction with pedals, natural recordings, and other effects to construct layered soundscapes, a similar methodology in the use of public domain footage is employed in his first video experiment.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Tanner Garza + Funeral Parlor – “Dark Days”

Tanner Garza Funeral Party Dark Days

Welcome to another edition of Rainbows in the Dark, the column where we talk about things that we love that don’t fall under the metal umbrella.  Rest assured that the album we will be exploring is still heavy, just a different kind of heavy.  Today brings us new sounds in the form of Dark Days, a collaboration between Texas based experimental musicians Tanner Garza and Funeral Parlor.   Continue reading