Nine Circles ov…My (unlistened to) Bandcamp Collection

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Hello. My name is Chris, and I have a problem.

I started using Bandcamp about 2 years ago. At first it was innocent: maybe an album here or there I read about in Decibel but couldn’t find on a streaming service. Occasioanlly a compilation or anthology I heard about from Henry Rollins’s amazing weekly radio show on KCRW. It was fun, it was innocent, and most importantly, no one was getting hurt. And then, in January of 2016, someone had the bright idea to start this #metalbandcampgiftclub thing and everything just kind of went out the window. At first it was just giving, you know? What’s wrong with giving? But then I started getting, too. And it got harder to just give, right? Because maybe you wanted that album too, you see? And it just spiraled and skyrocketed and every other terrible metaphor you can think of to say things, well…got out of hand.

Seriously, Bandcamp is a great service for both fans and artists. And when I sat down to think about what to write for this week’s Nine Circles ov… I realized I had all this great music I hadn’t listened to yet, so why not pick a few highlights and share ’em here with the fine Nine Circles readership. I’ll try to remember the whys and wherefores, you just check out some great metal.   Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Enforcer – “Undying Evil”

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I don’t know what happened to this past weekend, but alas, it’s Monday. I wanted to have some fun with this edition of Visions ov Hell and showcase the Swedish speedy NWOBHM throwback band Enforcer and their recently released video for “Undying Evil.” In watching this video, you’ll instantly want to throw the horns and drink some beer. Which may not be the best way to start a work week, but… let’s dive in anyway. Continue reading

Retrospective: Massacre – “From Beyond”

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Released this month in 1991, Massacre’s full length debut, From Beyond, came out at a time when the death metal scene — and particularly the Florida scene — was bursting at the seams. Bands like Death, Immolation and Atheist all dropped new albums that year, and both genre stalwarts and quite a few up and comers found ways to make noise that year. Massacre had been around since 1984 as a heavy thrash band, but once Kam Lee came aboard, the band veered firmly into death metal. And the rest, as they say, is history. Continue reading