The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Bummer was August 2018’s Album of the Month!

Bummer - Holy Terror

It’s almost October, and…we’re late with this! Blame Dan the Nurse. (Sorry, we mean “Dan the almost-nurse.”) But, just in the nick of time for our one-month-late AOTM schedule, we’re back with our chosen highlight from August: Bummer‘s Holy TerrorContinue reading

Album Review: Allfather – “And All Will Be Desolation”

Allfather - And All WIll Be Desolation

Throw a stone into any blackened corner of the world and chances are before you hit dirt you’ll hit a hardcore band.  Standing out from the crowd of people down-tuning their guitars and barking their rage through riff and breakdown is getting harder and harder, and in a genre where the vocals/lyrics are actually discernable you need to be even more on your game.  Mixing doom, sludge, and a healthy dose of good old fashioned heavy metal into their sound, UK’s Allfather have slowly been distinguishing themselves from the rest of the herd, but on new album And All Will Be Desolation they take a gigantic leap forward to deliver a bruising, vital record that firmly leaves their brethren behind.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles ov…Every Time I Die

One of my earliest and fondest concert memories is that of crowd surfing to Every Time I Die playing “Ebolarama” at Ozzfest 2004. I’d heard the song before on a mix my buddy made for me of a bunch of metalcore bands breaking at the time. This weird song that blended unorthodox singing and song structure with crushing guitars was a standout for me, and I was ecstatic to hear it live (and to find out who played it, my friend didn’t give me a track list). So there I went, flying atop the sea of Che-hats, gauged-ears, sideways haircuts and black sweatbands — a millennial metal moment if there ever was one. So for this Nine Circles ov…, let’s burn this mother down and go through nine of the boys’ best tracks… Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Battalions – “Forever Marching Backwards”

Battalions - Forever Marching Backwards

Why yes, I am aware it’s Saturday and there’s no Playlist. My fault totally, I forgot to ask the gang their picks for the week – sue me. But we’ve got one hell of a great track in store today via the UK’s groove laden riff mongers Battalions. They’re not a new band but you already knew that right? Riigghht. Anyway, they’ve been around now for roughly eight years and have a pair of wicked albums under their belts. So what’s new and why the mention? Glad you asked. They have a new album, Forever Marching Backwards, due out November 30 via APF Records and recently released a video for the title track which is what we will be taking a look at for this edition of Visions ov Hell. Happy Saturday and long weekend. Continue reading

Album Review: Jesus Piece – “Only Self”

Jesus Piece - Only Self

The first thing that struck me was the cover: minimal and visceral in the way the best 80s hardcore was.  Song titles right there on the front for you.  Over the past 30+ years hardcore has gone through so many permutations it’s hard to find a pure vein that stokes  the bludgeoning muscular attack of yesteryear, but Philadelphia’s Jesus Piece has it nailed with a bloody fist to wall on debut full length Only Self.    Continue reading