Best of 2016, Q2: Manny-O-War’s List

nine circles

Well, here we are again. Another three months past and I am still raving (maybe raging?) about what a ridiculously solid year this has been for metal. Yet, I sit here attempting to include metal that is technically going to be released in the third quarter. You think Blood Incantation isn’t going to end up on year end lists? Ryan Page of A.M.S.Gtotally blew the doors off his production formula and his 2016 release will be battling it out among the top candidates as well.  Further, Brooklyn-based Anicon are set to release their debut (which kills). Over in the prog world, Fates Warning, after working hard for over thirty years will soon put out what might be their best album to date. So, this year is bonkers. And lest we forget the upcoming Inter Arma release… So strap in! Continue reading

Profile: Luciano of I, Voidhanger records.


i voidhanger recordsThere’s no denying that I, Voidhanger is one of the labels that critics and fans alike have to stop and recognize at this point. With a roster that includes Ecferus, Howls of Ebb, Spectral LoreVoidcraeftSkáphe and Dissvarth (to name a few) the label is poised to have a breakout season. With the Italian metal scene exploding lately, we here at Nine Circles wanted to know more about the mysterious Italian man behind this international label. Thus, we sat down with Luciano and banged out short profile for you get familiar. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 15, 2016

Phew. We’ve had a few big weeks in a row, so I’m not gonna lie…it’s kinda nice to have a bit of a slower one this week. And also, I’m off work today, so I can actually catch up on some of this stuff! Anyway, “slower” doesn’t mean “slow,” though. There’s still a bunch of cool stuff dropping: from Swedish hardcore legends Victims (whom our own Manny-O-War just interviewed), to the debut full-length from Chicago death crew Nucleus. As you can see, this week’s no slouch — so let’s not waste any more time talking about it. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 15:
Continue reading

Album Review: Howls of Ebb – “Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows”

howls of ebb cursus impasse cover
Artwork by Agostino Arrivabene.

Imagine for a moment that hip hop somehow bled into the metal scene. Imagine, if you will, that this development has nothing to do with E-Town Concrete or Insane Clown Posse. Imagine that the DJ/Producer was actually a live band. And, finally, imagine that the band plays some of the best black metal you have heard in recent memory. Well, Howls of Ebb, mostly thanks to their rapid, anunciated and viscious vocal delivery have achieved a sort of Bone Thungs N’ Harmony or Outkast level effect on their 2016 release Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows. An album so layered in rhythms from the standard black metal blast beats of the drum to the rushed, almost sped-up-as-if-on-another-turntable delivery of vocalist “Zee-Luuuvft-Huund” (Patrick Brown of Nepenthe & Ligeia) that it takes on a nearly African poly-rhythmic effect. Continue reading