Profile: Melodic Death Metallers The Last Reign

The Last Reign

Last week we featured an early look at The Last Reign’s powerful new EP, Prelude, in which the band offers up three tracks of top shelf melodic death metal yanked straight from the 90s highlight reel. To be clear, it’s not a knockoff nor does it ride any coattails. Instead, it puts an exclamation mark on the melodically epic side of things while leaving just the right amount of heft and harshness so that one facet doesn’t outshine the other. This EP has made a huge impression here at Nine Circles so we reached out with our Profile questions to find out more about the band. Read on to see how it went down and don’t leave without snagging a copy for yourself. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 13 – 19, 2019

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1349 – photo courtesy of Dmitry Valberg

While the rest of civilization is knee deep in pumpkin spice, we’re knee deep in extreme metal and crusty horror flicks. Don your costumes and get the old plastic pumpkins ready, we’ve got tons of metal candy to hand out. Let’s do it…

For their seventh album, black metallers 1349 revisit the chaotic and thrashy nature of Hellfire and it’s like spiked arm gear buried elbow deep in some unsuspecting angel’s throat, put that in your pipe and smoke it. Oregon based deathgrinders, Rank and Vile, get the lead out with eight new tracks of piss and venom. It’s short, to the point, and kicks ass – ‘nuff said. Shrine of Insanabilis swiftly swing the black metal axe and conjure up an even better album than their debut… wait, what? It’s true, seek it out. NecronomicoN have always had a unique sort of operatic take on death metal and this tradition continues on their sixth full length which just so happens to be perfect for a dramatic exsanguination. Alright then, you know what’s next. Seek out the music and DESTROY your wallet. Continue reading

EP Premiere: The Last Reign – “Prelude”

The Last Reign - Prelude

If the early 2000s era of melodic death metal and bands such as In Flames and Soilwork bring glee (as they should), New York’s The Last Reign needs to be on your radar. The band formed in 2015 and have a demo and full length under their belts and now are on the eve of a new EP, Prelude. And yes, it is a prelude to an impending second full length which is in the recording process as we speak. With several line up changes over the past couple of years, the band sounds better than ever and, based on these three tracks, are poised for an extraordinary future in the melodeath arena. Today we are thrilled to bring you a full EP Premiere just ahead of its release tomorrow. Head directly below to get your dose of melodeath and proceed to the links contained within to snag a copy for yourself.

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Profile: Multitalented Gothic Metaller Lindsay Schoolcraft

Lindsay Schoolcraft

Lindsay Schoolcraft is a name that any Cradle of Filth fan will instantly recognize due to her intense vocal and multi-instrumental contributions or maybe from the classical/black metal ensemble Antiqva or possibly from the Belzebubs comic and subsequent album. Wherever the name rings a bell from, there’s no doubt she’s been extremely busy. Add to all that, her solo full length debut, Marytr, just dropped earlier this week and based on the dark and brooding gothic undertones coupled with those soaring vocals (no surprise there), life is about to get even busier. We recently shared our Profile questions with Schoolcraft to get some background info so head below to see how it went down and be sure to grab a copy from the links contained within. Continue reading

EP Premiere: MNRVA – “Black Sky”

MNRVA - Black Sky

When taking cues for your band name from the Roman goddess of wisdom, arts, and warfare, the music must deliver on all fronts. SC’s doom metallers MNRVA tick off all the boxes on their debut three track EP, Black Sky, which was recorded in the same space as Baroness, Black Tusk, and Kylesa, to name a few. The fact that this trio started out as a Motörhead tribute band isn’t lost on the intensity of these syrupy thick tracks that range in influence from Electric Wizard to Void King and all with a distinct 80s heavy metal vibe running through its entire 18 minutes. To say this is a great start for a young band would be an understatement. Today, we are extremely pleased to bring you a premiere of Black Sky, in its entirety, so head directly below to hear it ahead of its official release tomorrow. Continue reading