Nine Circles ov…Clearing Out the Promo Pile, 2018 Edition

9C ov...Promo Pile

Every leaf that falls from a tree, signaling the beginning of winter and the end of the year feels like it lands as yet another promo I haven’t had a chance to get to yet.  The end of November also marks the time I start flushing out my various end of year lists, creating playlists of contenders and engaging in the massive purge of albums from my computer, releasing albums I’ll never come back to and freeing up precious space on the old hard drive.

But those lost, deserted promos call out to me, begging for another chance to be consumed, to be measured and contemplated.  So think of this edition of Nine Circles ov… as part of the process (or just a cheap sequel to my last post), digging in the dirt for those glints of promise that  – even this late in the year – can change a mind. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Portrayal of Guilt and Bedrock Nitro Brown Ale

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Portrayal of Guilt’s Let Pain Be Your Guide and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Bedrock Nitro Brown Ale.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Allfather’s Tom Ballard on “And All Will Be Desolation” and much more!

allfather band

Back in September, Allfather released their first ‘official’ full length, And All Will Be Desolation, and if you’ve been even the most casual of fan, it’s undeniable how astounding their progression is on this album. If you’ve followed them since the beginning (No gods. No masters.) as I have, you must have been as blown away as was I. Everything about their doom by way of hardcore by way of death metal by way of sludge is thicker and heavier than anything they’ve done leading up to this, but it’s the way they’ve grown in the songwriting department that shines the most. I’ve been speaking with vocalist Tom Ballard over messages and emails for some time now but recently had the chance to chat with him about the new album, fan interactions and so much more. It was great, after all this time, to finally have a one on one with him so head inside to hear how it went. Continue reading

Album Review: Architects – “Holy Hell”

Architects - Holy Hell

Sometimes when discussing a bands newest release, it’s crucial to speak about their history to provide the reader with a proper understanding of what they are getting into.  Architects were formed in Brighton in 2004 by twin brothers Dan and Tom Searle.  Through their formative years they mixed and matched various styles of metallic and hardcore musings until they really found their footing on 2014’s fantastic Lost Together//Lost Forever.  Following up with the monstrous All our Gods Have Abandoned Us, Architects were on a mission that seemed unstoppable.  Then, tragedy struck the band in 2016 with the untimely passing of founding member/guitarist/main song writer Tom Searle.

No one would have blamed Architect’s for calling it a day after such a loss.  However, they have soldiered which brings us to their eighth and latest album, aptly titled Holy Hell.  It represents a band rising up from the darkest depths imaginable.  Putting iron to forge, Architects have manufactured a musical amalgamation that unfolds in waves of visceral anger, desolate sadness and in venturing to such depths, finds catharsis. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Atrament and Evil Dead

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Atrament’s Scum Sect and Alesmith Brewing Company’s Evil Dead.   Continue reading