Album Review: Pyrolatrous – “Teneral”

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In a world of regional scenes with established sounds, the scene in New York City seems to only be defined by its inability to be tied down.  From black metal like Yellow Eyes to the sci-fi technical death metal of Artificial Brain, one can find any number of different styles represented among the bands that call this densely populated city home.  Now seeing fit to join this illustrious ranks is Pyrolatrous, who are set to release their debut album Teneral on the population at large.   Continue reading

Album Review: Yellow Eyes – “Immersion Trench Reverie”

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Brooklyn, NY’s Yellow Eyes should be a name you’re familiar with by now.  The group has quietly been releasing some of the best and most inimitable black metal the world over since 2012.  Poised now to release their fourth full-length album, Immersion Trench Reverie, the band stands to outdo themselves once more, creating something that lives up to its title well: an album that is both deep and immersive. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 23 – 29, 2017

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Couch Slut – pic courtesy of Roger Hayn

It’s hot folks, summertime is definitely upon us. Which means it’s time to make shorts out of those raggedy jeans you’ve been hanging onto for no apparent reason. Or you could find some water, a cooler full of cold refreshments or sit in front of a fan. One thing’s for sure though: we have the soundtrack to however you plan to deal with that case of swamp-ass on this plentiful edition of Initial Descent. Starting things off with a nasty, noisy bang is the second full length, Contempt, from Couch Slut and if you’ve yet to hear it I honestly don’t know what you’re doing with your life — this thing rules in so many ways. Next up is Byzantine who quite literally show just how blistering modern heavy metal can be on The Cicada Tree. Moving along, Less Art gives us a bleak but extremely powerful post-hardcore debut on Strangled Light — an outstanding experience from start to finish that does exactly as its title implies. Closing out the top spots is the vicious second EP, Voima on Oikeutta, from Finland’s satanically inclined death/thrash phenoms Huoripukki. So, a fantastic week already but you have no idea how much more great metal is in store (seriously, this week is STACKED) — kick back, cool off, stay awhile and enjoy… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: A Group Review of Couch Slut’s “Contempt”

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As y’all know, we here at Nine Circles were pretty big fans of Couch Slut‘s first album, My Life as a Woman. (Or maybe you didn’t know that, I dunno.) Either way, that album — released just under three years ago on the now-defunct Handshake Inc. label — established the band, and vocalist Megan Osztrosits in particular, as a filthy, aggressive force in the New York scene and beyond. (Certainly in our Bandcamp collections, that’s for sure.)  Continue reading

Album Review: Less Art – “Strangled Light”

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Once again we call to our friends in the Great North to assist in some gnarly metal reviews.  Today Jonathan Petkau from various endeavors including Respectably Loud, Domestikwom and Spacekau jumps in to cover the debut from Less Art…

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If I were forced to pick a single word to encapsulate the experience of listening to Less Art’s debut album Strangled Light, the word that comes to mind repeatedly is “clarity.” I suspect that probably derives from the fact that Less Art is composed of veteran musicians each with already established careers, as Strangled Light sounds like what should be a band’s fourth or fifth album, not their first swing at bat (a pun for all you Puig Destroyer fans out there.)   Continue reading