CANTO: Lacuna Coil, All That Remains, Chevelle, and More

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I am back from Wyoming and have returned to the pathetic existence that is routine.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Inter Arma – “Sulphur English”

Inter Arma - Sulphur English

How do you measure heaviness?  You can down-tune your guitars to the bowels of Hell, play at the speed of light with the gain turned up to 11, and mimic the sick wailing of a terrified pig in your vocals, but is it heavy?  If it’s anything, heaviness is a state of being, and Inter Arma have been mining that state since their debut.  But their latest slab of concrete Sulphur English just might be their purest expression of what it means to be heavy to date.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 7 – 13, 2019

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Inter Arma

I was in a bus full of 50 screaming kids over the weekend so EXCUUUSE me for blasting all this week’s metal and downing all the cabinet bourbon. What’s up this week? Plenty, so read on good readers…

First up is Inter Arma who have seemingly found that elusive door to hell on Sulphur English. Seriously, between the nihilistic doom and devilish chants you’d think ol’ Beezlebub himself might have tracked this thing straight from his lair. Next up is black metal juggernauts Waldgeflüster who get weirdly chanty and folky on Mondscheinsonaten but it really is another outstanding notch in the belt of a band that has made their name residing outside the normal lines of black metal. Moving right along, NJ’s Hath capitalizes on the promise of their last EP with the insane death metal full length Champ du Sang, expect these guys to be large and in charge based on this. And, rounding out the top slots is Vous Autres who saw some action in a recent feature of ours (link contained below) but now offer Champ du Sang on physical format so there’s no excuse not to pick up this beast of blackened sludge, trust me (and Zyklonius) here: it rules and hard.

Get in there and get some. Plenty of good stuff this week so no excuses. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 74 (04.06.2019)

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Like Stephen Tyler said, ‘I’m back in the saddle again.’  Thanks to Josh for once again picking up this column while I was off on my sojourn to the Pacific Northwest.  I fought no demon hordes in my tenure there (although I did steal a couple souls…), just a lot of hiking, sightseeing, and stuffing my face with doughnuts and beer.  As all good vacations should be.  And now, back to business.  We have a ton of good tunes for you on this week’s playlist, so dive right in and see what’s been running through our collective headphones lately.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 72 (03.23.2019)

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The end of March always seems to find me on the road to some far-off destination and folks, this year is no exception.  When you are reading this, I will be leaving a night of camping in Northern California and will be on my way up to Portland, OR, one of my favorite places on Earth, followed by a few days in Seattle.  I am ridiculously excited to spend some quality time with my family and my partner away from the nightmare hell world that is work.  And if you need to spend some quality time away from the cares of the world too, why not dip into this week’s playlist?  We made it just for you.  It’d be rude of you not to.

– Vincent