The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Paladin’s Taylor Washington on “Ascension,” Driving the Bus, Power Metal and Much More!

Paladin

Atlanta Georgia’s Paladin released their debut full length, Ascension, last month on Prosthetic Records and it’s a raging beast of thrashy power metal with enough adrenaline to fuel the next forty MMA pay-per-views. The Nine Circles water cooler talk has been dominated by this album, how thoroughly we’ve all enjoyed it and, on multiple occasions, the discussion is in regards to just how memorable it is amongst the many great albums this year has bestowed upon us. As such, our newest member Matthew Buchan — many of you know him as Buke — chatted up guitarist and vocalist Taylor Washington about Ascension, power metal in general, touring, NASCAR, video games and so much more. Head below to hear how it all went down and don’t forget to click the included links for direct support of the band.
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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Moon Tooth’s Nick Lee on “Crux,” touring, solid advice and much more!

Moon Tooth
Moon Tooth

New York’s Moon Tooth has set aside March 29 to unveil their monstrous second full length Crux and if razor edged hard rock/metal that is as aggressive as it is memorable is something you’ve been missing, this album needs to be in your pre-order list. The band’s trajectory has been nothing short of amazing; 2015’s Freaks EP was a ball of unbridled energy and 2016’s Chromaparagon added a progressive touch to said energy but tighter and more focused. On Crux, the band’s path shifts towards planet ‘kick ass and take names later.’ But seriously, this sophomore outing is exactly that but most of all it’s MEMORABLE and I can’t get enough of it. I recently had the opportunity to chat with guitarist Nick Lee about Crux, a new tour, lessons learned along the way, solid advice for any new band, and so much more. Head below to hear how it all went down and click those outro links to show some love to Moon Tooth. Continue reading

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

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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