The Nine Circles Audio Thing: YOB’s Aaron Rieseberg on “Our Raw Heart,” defeating adversity and more!

YOB
YOB – photo courtesy of  Jimmy Hubbard

It will come as no surprise to anyone reading this that YOB‘s upcoming eighth full length, Our Raw Heart, is superb. If the band is anything, it’s reliable — album after album. After going through a near-fatal bout of diverticulitis, frontman Mike Scheidt knuckled down to piece together what would become the bones of this album with a vigor that shocked everyone. Once able to share his ideas with drummer Travis Foster and bassist Aaron Rieseberg, the unspoken chemistry ignited.  Continue reading

How Not To Do It: Interview with Jack Fryer from Metal Recusants

Metal Recusants - Jack Fryer

Hello everybody! For the next couple of columns of How Not To Do It I decided to interview some bloggers to get their perspective on how to promote your band.
For this month’s installment, I decided to talk to Jack Fryer of Metal Recusants. I hope you enjoy it, as always if you’d like to get in touch with me please contact me at dewarpr.wordpress.com Continue reading

Profile: Sahil “Demonstealer” Makhija of Demonic Resurrection

Demonic Resurrection
Demonic Resurrection

Demonic Resurrection is one of India’s oldest metal bands. Frontman Sahil “Demonstealer” Makhija has kept the band going with his dogged determination despite multiple lineup changes over the years. The band have performed at festivals and even toured the UK. On their fifth full length album Dashavatar, the band have expanded their already full sound with the introduction of Indian instruments and further experimentation in melodic death metal mixed with black metal and even strains of epic power. I spoke to Sahil about Dashavatar, their new sound and their plans for this year. Continue reading

Profile: Kevin De Leneer of Saille

Saille
Saille

Belgium’s melodic black metallers Saille (pronounced sahl-yeh) will be releasing their fourth full length Gnosis this week via Code666. Saille was formed in 2008 and over the course of their previous three albums the band has grown and matured exponentially to what we have in front of us now on Gnosis. Their original goal was to create melodic black metal with an “epic and threatening feel” and they’ve done just that since the beginning but here the fruits of their labor are fully realized: the brute force of “Prometheus”, the sweeping scope of “Magnum Opus” and the british heavy metal meets epic power feel of closer “1904 Era Vulgaris” proves the point beyond any question. Being inspired previously by horror literature and HP Lovecraft themes each album features a different concept and Gnosis is no exception as the band explores the Promethean ideal and its Luciferian counterpart (aka striving for knowledge and the consequences thereof). But they also lightly touch on Aleister Crowley’s Thelema — huge themes for a band to tackle but Saille does it with ease and makes a believer out of the listener with their skilled songwriting and musicianship. We recently got the chance to ask drummer Kevin De Leneer our set of Profile questions, see what he had to say after the jump. Continue reading

Profile: Deadwound

deadwound
Deadwound

SW London based Deadwound are set for their debut EP, Identity Shapes, release later this week and it’s five tracks of unrelenting doom/sludge filtered through a black metal soaked rag. Pent up aggression and unbridled anger boil to the surface on tracks like “Crucifixed” and “Cruel Road” but they are just as effective on the slow paced acid burn of “Kult Warrior.” We recently featured a stream of “Witch” here and I highly suggest you check it out as it’s all you get until Friday. We recently got the chance to ask the band our series of Profile questions so read on to see what they had to say. Continue reading