Nine Circles ov…Random VNYL Metal Records

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It started about two years ago, and I have our Fearless Editor Josh to blame.  For Christmas I received a flat, square cardboard box containing a creamy white edition of the self titled album from Succumb.  I didn’t have a turntable…yet.

Two years later and I have a hefty collection spanning a plethora of genres, largely thanks my inability to stop my subscription to VNYL, a curated record subscription service.  Every month I get three albums created to my tastes based on my listening history on Spotify as well as my Discogs collection.  It can be hit or miss, particularly with their metal selections, but every time I start to pick up the phone to cancel another batch comes in with a surprise that makes me think, “Damn…maybe I should hold off another month.”   So for this edition of Nine Circles ov…let’s dive into nine curated metal selections sent to me and see if they’re truly reflective of my listening tastes.

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Profile: Dedicated Hardcorists La Armada

La Armada

Dedicated. It’s a word that gets thrown around haphazardly these days which has lessened its impact. However, in the case of hardcore / punk bruisers La Armada, this term describes their ethos better than any other. Formerly of the Dominican Republic, La Armada moved home base to Chicago and soaked up many more of metal’s extreme sub genres leading up to their first full proper full length in 2012. Their follow up EP and second full length are even more devastating while showcasing better songwriting and more of their Latin infusion which makes them stand out and sets them apart in a crowded hardcore scene. But, their dedication doesn’t stop at their song craft. The band is fully focused on social issues such as immigrant rights, globalization, and class struggle just to name a few. Where the dedication comes in is through their tireless efforts to spotlight these issues, help out wherever they can, and lead by example. This year the band will be releasing a series of songs titled Songs of the Exiled and the first of which is coming up this month. Links are contained below so bookmark them and be ready, trust me here – you don’t want to miss out. For now, read up on how the band responded to our Profile questions as they offer great insight into their inner workings. Continue reading

Profile: Kings Never Die

Kings Never Die

Just when thoughts that hardcore strained through a punk sieve hadn’t given us much lately, Kings Never Die show up armed with a four track EP, Raise A Glass, to prove the naysayers wrong. Their hardcore is street tough and metallic by nature, their punk is a bouncing good time that hits on all cylinders. All that plus guest slots from Vinnie Stigma and Mike Gallo of Agnostic Front. Just ahead of this EP’s release we posed our set of Profile questions to the band so keep reading to see how it went down. Continue reading

Profile: Fear Is Dead

Fear Is Dead

New York has a long and storied history of hardcore and groove inflected metal. So long in fact that we could go on for days and not even touch half of it. Fear Is Dead is not a new band but they’ve come a long way since their more melodic rendition of NY’s backbone. The band has lightly penciled in a new album slated for summer of this year but will be releasing a teaser single, “Assimilation,” later this month that showcases their path towards a more aggressive and straight to the point approach. Ahead of this single release we asked the band our set of Profile questions to get the backstory so head below to see how it went down. While you’re reading, enjoy the embed of 2018’s Omnicidal and keep an eye on their Bandcamp page for “Assimilation.” Continue reading