Stream: Crawl – “I”

Crawl - This Sad Cadav'r

Black Bow Records has officially announced September 1 as the date they will digitally reissue the back catalog of Texas doom/noise practitioners Crawl. The band’s Bandcamp page might look a little lonely in preparation for these reissues but lucky for us all, today, we have a stream for “I” from their latest album This Sad Cadav’r. Head inside for more info and a stream of this track. 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

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

Retrospective: Harvest Gulgaltha’s “Necrosophic”

Harvest Gulgaltha

Harvest Gulgaltha didn’t make waves with their 2014 compilation, Necrosophic. I hadn’t heard anything about it until a good friend of mine sent it over, assuming it would be up my alley. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a review of this compilation album at all. But then, that’s not very uncommon with blackened death metal bands from America—especially those that actively attempt to stay under the radar. Doing so, of course, keeps them very sought-after and popular among certain circles, but it also unfortunately keeps them off a lot of year-end lists that this thing very clearly deserved to make.

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