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

Interview: Max Tremblay of Sleaze n’ Rollers The Death Wheelers on Their New Album “I Tread On Your Grave,” Bikesploitation Aesthetics and Instrumental Ecstasy

The Death Wheelers

Remember the sleazy biker / horror (aka: bikesploitation) movies from the 70s that had some of the best soundtracks? Whether you do or have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re in luck — Canada’s The Death Wheelers will be releasing their debut full length, I Tread On Your Grave, this week via RidingEasy Records and it’s a picture perfect homage to this era and its aesthetic. Along the album’s eleven tracks the band weave a tale of a motorcycle club being wiped out by authorities then returning from the grave to exact revenge. And it all unfolds over some of the most raucous sleaze-n-roll jams around — not to mention successfully pulling this off as an instrumental band. From the album art to the song names to the sordid riffs contained, The Death Wheelers bust this genre wide open for a new look from new fans. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to sit down with bassist Max ‘The Axe’ Tremblay to discuss the new album, the band’s tie in with bikesploitation and the ecstasy of being an instrumental band. Read on and don’t forget to pick up your own copy May 11. Continue reading

Interview: Flesh Hoarder on New Album Homicidal Necrophile, Brutal Death Metal and How The Band Manages To Find the Wretched Switch In Their Listeners

Flesh Hoarder
Flesh Hoarder

As a site that features regular metal related content, we get a staggering amount of music in our inbox. Sites similar to ours can relate and you writer types can as well. Bottom line is, with this much music to comb through we tend towards desensitization to what’s coined as ‘extreme’ and ‘brutal.’ But when I heard the intro, “Between Life and Death,” from Flesh Hoarder‘s debut full length Homicidal Necrophile it awakened that primal need for the kind of brutality I had latched onto early in my death metal exploration so many years ago. And as the songs ticked by, I noticed that spot in my stomach that hadn’t churned in awhile reared its ugly head — right then and there I knew I had hit on a gold mine. Brutal death metal is nothing new and there’s always been a smorgasbord of blood and guts to choose from but there’s something ultimately wicked and terrifying in this Texas based band’s delivery that stands out from the crowded pack. After a few hours of this album on repeat I had to know more so I reached out to guitarist Mike DeLeon to discuss the new album, brutal death metal in general and how they were able to hit that ‘pit in the bottom of your stomach’ feeling so easily. Read on to see what he had to say and be sure to grab your own copy on May 11 — links contained within. Continue reading

Interview: Tony and John of Judicator on “The Last Emperor,” Finding Light in the Trappings of History, and the State of Power Metal

Judicator Band Photo 2

In the hallowed halls of modern power metal, Judicator hold a special place.  Over the course of three albums they’ve held the banner high for the genre, emphasizing strong, intricate songwriting that balances passion and power, unafraid to incorporate different styles into the mix but always in service to the song.  New album The Last Emperor only lifts that banner higher, building off of everything that came before even as it sets itself apart from its predecessors and what the rest of the community is doing.  It’s exciting, technical without feeling staid, and an instant contender for end of year lists.  You can read our own Power Metal Frank’s take on the album, which I happen to be in complete agreement with, so when the opportunity arose to talk to Tony Cordisco and John Yelland I jumped at the chance.

There’s some great stuff to unpack here, so without further ado check it out after the jump.    Continue reading

Interview: Alvino from Blistering Death Metallers Of Feather and Bone on Their New Album, Atmosphere and Denver’s Metal Scene

Of Feather and Bone
Of Feather and Bone – photo courtesy of Pale With Decay

Denver’s death metal trio Of Feather and Bone have come along way since their 2012 inception and furthermore since they began as a crusty hardcore band. Their first full length was as in your face as it could’ve been with attitude for eons. But with their 2016 Demo the band had an about face into the netherworld of death metal that garnered fans across the globe and good luck finding your own physical copy. Two years later Bestial Hymns of Perversions sees the band capitalizing on everything that was so freaking great about that Demo; heavy as lead death metal, atmosphere that causes the stomach to ball up in knots and a keen sense of the genre as a whole. These seven tracks sound as though they’ve been unearthed from some dusty crypt that’s been buried for twenty plus years. The trick here is the fact that this band isn’t some fly by night copycat of the glory years, this sounds as fresh as a new born zombie with an acute taste for blood. Ripping leads meets pinch harmonics meets absolute ferocity and the results speak for themselves. This album is not one you’ll want to miss. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to speak with bassist and vocalist Alvino to discuss Bestial Hymns of Perversion, its atmosphere and Denver’s metal scene. Keep reading to see what he had to say. Continue reading