Nine Circles ov…Metal on My Horror Break

Nine Cirlces ov.... October 2019

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here talking about metal.  That’s because I’ve been knee-deep in Blood Red, our annual horror series where I watch a crap-ton of movies and write them up for the Letterboxd Hooptober Marathon.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening to metal – I’ve been trying to keep up with the veritable glut of heavy offerings bestowed upon us so far this Autumn season.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I thought I’d jump in and share nine recent(-ish) releases that have been keeping the blood pumping…as it spurts out a major artery.

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Premiere: Forest of Tygers – “Night’s Embers”

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Husband and wife duo Forest of Tygers have an impending full length, I Will Die of Violence, coming your way November 8 on their own label Acteon Records. It’s a terrifying battlefield littered with black metal, punk, hardcore, death metal, and noise rock, just to name a few. It may sound like an ‘all but the kitchen sink approach’ and technically, it is. But the way this team puts it all together is nothing short of a cohesive, lean and mean fighting machine. Today, Nine Circles is ecstatic to bring you a premiere of the opening track, “Night’s Embers.” As you’ll hear below, it begins innocuous enough but within 30 seconds the rhythmic hardcore battering bursts its way to the front. Head directly below to give it a spin.

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Chaos is Me: August 2019

 

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Some of you may know me as Nine Circle’s resident screamo apologist/evangelist.  In the past, I’ve tried to work mention of albums in this style into my larger body of heavy music writing.  Yet screamo has always been my favorite brand of hardcore, and I’ve always believed in screamo’s ability to stand on its own, even if its name still seems, at least to me, to be considered a dirty word.  So, since the good folks of this website give me the freedom to write about what I want (they will come to regret this eventually), I decided to do something about that.  Welcome to Chaos is Me, a monthly column where I will be listing off my favorite screamo releases from the past month (and beyond, as you’ll see below).  August was the perfect month to kick this off as we got two absolutely gigantic albums dropping in back-to-back weeks. Without further ado, let’s do this…  Continue reading

Profile: Dan Kinnaley of Burial Party

Burial Party
Pic courtesy of Bambi Guthrie Photography

The fact that Fugazi, Converge and Refused were catharsis to Burial Party’s Dan Kinnaley isn’t lost on upcoming debut EP Please, Electric Move Slow. It’s loose yet chaotic, dissonant yet bears melodic fruit, noisey of the old AMRep ilk while playing with pop-punk lightheartedness. Basically, a ton of stuff packed into four tracks that’ll get you up, moving and singing along after a couple of spins. Who doesn’t need to feel good every once in awhile? Anyway, we recently had the chance to ask Kinnaley our set of Profile questions to dig a little deeper into Burial Party so stick around to see how it went down. Don’t forget to visit the embedded links to grab your own copy. Continue reading

Amenra live at Geno’s Rock Club and the Royale, 4.2.2019 and 4.3.2019

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Band: Amenra

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Locations: Geno’s Rock Club, Portland, Maine and the Royale, Boston, Massachusetts

Dates: April 2, 2019 and April 3, 2019

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