The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Crypteria’s Austin Burleigh and Kevin McCombs on Their New Album and Much More

Nine Circles Audio Thing

Floridian death metal. Those were the three words I was presented with when a friend sent me the Bandcamp link to Crypteria’s recently released full length debut, Crypteria. Based on my roots in this particular branch of death metal I was hooked after just one spin and the infection has grown ever since. So obviously, I had to know more and reached out for some insight and to find out what led them to exploding off the starting line with such a, pardon me here but, banger. Guitarist Austin Burleigh and bassist Kevin McCombs answered the call – the results of which can be heard below. Before you leave, don’t forget to hit the links contained within to grab a copy for yourself but don’t blame me if it rules your listening habits for awhile. Continue reading

Interview: Justin Coleman of Krigsgrav on “Leave No Path to Follow,” Getting Personal, and Capturing Moments in Time

Krigsgrav

The singular beauty of Krigsgrav and their latest Leave No Path to Follow is how it updates the template of classic Peaceville doom and forges a deeply personal connection with the listener – no easy feat in this day and age of instant music access.  It’s no secret how much we dug the album, but the constant evolution between albums and the choice to look inward with the new one had us curious to dig deeper, so we reached out to Justin Coleman (guitar, vocals) to give up the ghost on the making of the album and the path the band has and will continue to tread.  Be sure to check out the new album with the embed contained within and turn it up loud as we get into the details.   Continue reading

Interview: Skullcrusher from South Carolina Black Metallers Valle Crucis on New Album “Iron & Blood,” and Much More!

Valle Crucis

When black metallers Valle Crucis played local to me on a bill with Wake, Withered, Altar Blood and Greves I had a damn near out of body experience with this duo. Despite stiff competition across my beloved death metal and killer progressive metal, Valle Crucis’ mystical performance left a lasting imprint. So, as any other fan would do, I hit up their Bandcamp page, immediately, and bought the only thing they had at the time (obviously). Fast forward to present day, as soon as I saw mention of a new album I got in touch to find out more from this band which I knew nothing about other than the fact that they worshipped at the altar of violent black metal in the vein of all the early wave progenitors from this genre. With their upcoming full length debut Iron & Blood in the crosshairs I reached out to Skullcrusher (guitars, vocals, bass) with some questions designed to get a feel for the band and his thoughts on the new album. It’s not often I get a chance to rep my local bands so this is an absolute treat for me and I hope you dig it as well. Be sure to hit those links at the bottom and support them, they absolutely deserve it. Continue reading

Interview: Joel Violette of Thrawsunblat on “Great Brunswick Forest,” Musical Reinterpretation, and How to Spot a Moose in the Wild

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Over the course of three albums and a handful of EPs, Thrawsunblat have carved a space for themselves in the genre of black metal by integrating the Maritime folk of their home province of New Brunswick, Canada. With their newest album Great Brunswick Forest, which is out October 19, the trio of Joel Violette, Rae Amitay and Keegan MC immerse themselves and their listeners wholeheartedly into that Maritime folk. Careful listeners of the band’s discography should recognize the familiar elements that make Thrawsunblat what it is, and yet this does feel like a big step forward. We reached out to Joel to talk about the creative process for the new album, his fascination with re-interpreting songs and also a bit of Maritime tourism. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Netherlands’ Timo Ellis on “Black Gaia,” surviving the cesspool, and more!

Netherlands
Netherlands

If you’ve been following my ramblings here long enough, it’s a given that New York’s Netherlands are miles away from the norm which consequently makes them a shoe in for favorite status in my book. August 24 marks the release date of Netherland’s fifth effort, Black Gaia, on frontman Timo Ellis’ imprint Records and Tapes Records. It’s an album that pulls in all their legendary psychedelic freak outs, melodic poppy hooks, bottom heavy bombast and the knack for ridiculously catchy songwriting into a MOUNTAIN of a successful album. Continue reading