Album Review: Times of Grace — “Songs of Loss and Separation”

times of grace - songs of loss and separation

It’s fascinating to see what a side project allows members to express that they couldn’t in their primary outfit. Doubly so in the case of Times of Grace: Jesse Leach and Adam Dutkiewicz already have a flexible outlet in Killswitch Engage. Leach had not yet rejoined the band in 2011 when the collaborators’ debut arrived; 10 years later Songs of Loss and Separation shows that outside of the NWOAHM influences that have marked Killswitch’s style for over 20 years there’s a lot of darkness still to mine, and the opportunity to play in a more melodic, heartfelt space really differentiates this from the pair’s other outlet. It also makes for a stronger, more impactful offering that’s been sticking in my head since first playing the record.

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Gwar’s Blothar on new EP “The Disc With No Name,” the 30th anniversary extravaganza of “Scumdogs of the Universe,” whether or not Covid was their fault, and much more!

Gwar is an absolute metal institution and one that has stood the test of time for 37 years strong. They’ve done things their own way and have carved their own path from the word go and have been inspiration to so many bands since their 1984 start and to be clear, not many bands can lay claim to as many accolades as Gwar is worthy of. Fuckin’ legends, is what I’m saying. If anyone needs an intro to this band…leave the hall. With that said, head inside for an in depth discussion with Blothar via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Second Circle: Spirit Adrift and Kneel

Second Circle

Heavy is a state of mind and today’s Second Circle is a tale of heavy from two different ends of the spectrum. Spirit Adrift’s Enlightened In Eternity is a tale of modern day, straightforward heavy metal and Kneel’s Ailment is a tale of jagged heavy that comes out of society’s current level of pain and anguish. This piece aims to find the common ground between two albums and this common ground is the ‘heavy’ but these are vastly different albums from vastly different corners of the universe. So, without further ado, let’s discuss.

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Album Review: YATRA — “All is Lost”

After successful tours in the US and Europe, as well as festival appearances with additional national and international shows scheduled, everything came to a sudden stop for doom/heavy metal sensation YATRA with the global pandemic.  That is when Dana Helmuth, founding member of the band, sat down and began writing All is Lost, their third and latest release.  While the general lyrical theme of the album is rather dark and heavy, artistically reflecting the band’s dismay with the current ways of the world, the album is very lively and energetic with intriguing vocal and musical variety.

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Profile: Kevin Keegan of Vancouver’s Dead Quiet

Dead Quiet, who are on the eve of their third full length Truth and Ruin, sit in a great spot between the type of heavy metal and hard rock that cuts deep and leaves its mark long after the music’s over. The band brings forth their love of the classics with an undeniable knowledge of what made it all work in the first place; heavy rhythms and riffs coupled with organ playing that sounds straight out of the 70s. Their first two albums stretched out a bit more and even meandered a bit in spots which lent more to stoner or psychedelic metal but this time out it’s clear the focus is to just get in, slay, and get out while still being catchy enough to stick the melodies deep in the brain cavity. Just ahead of the album’s release, we caught up with guitarist and vocalist Kevin Keegan armed with our set of Profile questions to dig a little deeper into the band, his history, and thoughts. Head inside to see how it went down and be sure to support them by hitting the links contained within.

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