Album Review: Imperial Triumphant – “Vile Luxury”

Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury

Every once in a while, an inventive style of music full of creative vitriol and an album representative of its sound and ethos comes to encapsulate the character and essence of New York City, captured in time and place. Like music, the City keeps on evolving, mutating, shedding its skin and confronting its internal parasites as part of a grand struggle between a glorious past, the crossroads of the present and the paradigm shift and rebirth looming on the horizon, so bright and violent that it burns retinas. In 2018, Imperial Triumphant take up the torch and joins this lineage with Vile Luxury. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 8 – 14, 2018

Imperial Triumphant
Imperial Triumphant

Here we are, again, with Initial Descent and why so soon you ask? Well, Initial means “existing or occurring at the beginning” and since we don’t have too many Sunday posts today is the beginning. Hence, “Initial Descent” and Saturday just ain’t it anymore. Feel strongly one way or the other? PLEASE, leave it in the comments and tell us how you feel and what you like or dislike.

Moving along, this week we have NY’s extreme avant-garde black / death metallers Imperial Triumphant triumphantly return (yep, I did that) with their third full length Vile Luxury, Churchburn are back with their doom laden second full length None Shall Live…The Hymns of Misery, Seattle’s duo Pound offer up their debut Pound which will make heads spin from the dazzling display of technical virtuosity and Deafheaven come gazing back to explode the internet on Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. 1..2..3.. has it started yet? No worries, it will.

Again, let us know if you dig the new Monday edition but whether you do or don’t, hang around and check out all the other killer stuff that’s out this week. Also, the playlist will return on Saturday so stay tuned for that and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Continue reading

Profile: New York’s Dark and Challenging Metallers Imperial Triumphant

Imperial Triumphant
Imperial Triumphant

Happy 4th everyone. Initially, there was a thought of holding this until after the holiday but listening to and experiencing Imperial Triumphant is equivalent to the most dazzling fireworks display ever. So, we rolled with it. The band will be releasing their newest sonic adventure, Vile Luxury, next week via Gilead Media in the US and Throatruiner in Europe. Experiencing Vile Luxury is somewhere along the lines of rolling up to a late night 60s style jazz club and witnessing a collaboration with your favorite black / death metal band. Only, this black / death metal band just happens to be one of the best examples of what avant-garde, progressive, and downright visionary really means. It’s carefully controlled chaos that shines a dark light on their theme of society’s — particularly their own home turf — downfall and through the use of extremely packed song structures they carve a bleak picture yet keep listeners returning for more since there’s simply no way to dissect this beast on one or even ten listens. Even more than that, Vile Luxury is the most cohesive effort from the band to date. Yes, true statement.

I could go on and on but I’m calling it there. Keep an eye out for a full review in the coming days. Until then, we recently had the chance to ask Kenny Grohowski (drums) and Zachary Ilya Ezrin (guitars, vocals) our set of Profile questions to dig a little deeper into the band. Check it out below and be sure to grab your own copy from the links contained within.

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Initial Descent: February 11 – 17, 2018

Harakiri for the Sky
Harakiri for the Sky

Did you spend some quality time with your valentine? Yea, it was in the middle of the week…and work…and stuff. But, it’s the weekend now so no excuses right?! Take them camping, start a fire, go for a hike but whatever you do, don’t forget your headphones and might want to bring a splitter so you both can enjoy what this week’s new releases have to offer. Kicking off this week of heart’s is Austria’s Harakiri for the Sky as they continue to mix post-metal melancholy with black metal aggressiveness on Arson, thought provoking black metallers Eignelicht offer up their highly anticipated full length debut Self-Annihilating Consciousness and even though it’s only five tracks its all consuming nature makes it feel so much more expansive, Chaos Echoes successfully trump their own astounding debut on Mouvement and further prove that they are the reigning champs of extremely complex and contextual music, rounding out the opening slots: punk attitude meets hardcore intensity on The Good The Bad and The Zugly‘s third full length Misanthropical House. As you can clearly see, buying that headphone splitter is a great idea so you can share all the good stuff this week has to offer. There’s more to follow so head inside and enjoy. Continue reading

Album Review: Eigenlicht – “Self-Annihilating Consciousness”

Eigenlicht - Self Annihilating Consciousness

What is black metal anymore?  Does the label have any meaning left?  When it comes down to it, the music we celebrate here at Nine Circles is loud, abrasive, and marches to the beat of a rebellious heart.  People get caught up in categorization and labelling, under the impression that pigeonholing something gives them some sort of power over it.  Eigenlicht is having none of that on debut full length Self-Annihiliating Consciousness, a towering monolith of sound that pushes against the constraints of the genre, refusing to bow before something as devoid of meaning as “black metal” even as it uses some of the building blocks of the movement in its nebulous and far-reaching shape.   Continue reading