The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Pile of Priests on their upcoming album, life during COVID, working with Dan Swanö, 70,000 Tons of Metal, and more!

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Denver’s Pile of Priests have been around since 2009 and have slowly been carving out a name for themselves in the death metal arena. Their first full length Void To Enlightenment saw the band get down and dirty with their own style which traverses tech death but offered so much more than just tech and old school. And now with their second offering Pile of Priests they truly carve their own path in today’s death metal landscape with razor sharp attention to detail and nasty little hooks that set deep. This is an album that will appeal to a broad set of metal and heavy rock fans, it’s broad and diverse without ever losing its vicious edge. So, head below for all the details.
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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Traveler’s Matt Ries on upcoming album “Termination Shock,” touring at the outset of a pandemic, recording at home, and so much more!

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In a year’s time, Canada’s Traveler have become a household name for heavy metal fans and are set to release their sophomore effort Termination Shock a month from now. Plainly put, it is yet another example of how necessary traditional heavy metal is in today’s terms. We all need a reason to jump, cheer, and throw the horns right now and this band, and new album, is reason for all this. The band’s self titled debut was a tour-de-force last year and this one eclipses it by a mile with better instrumentation, better songwriting and deeper references realized that us old heads hold so dear and that new fans will be over the moon for. So, head below for the details.
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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Vomit Fist’s Nick and Leo Didkovsky on new album “Omnicide,” the (un)importance of genre tags, Frogvasions, and much more!

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After five long years Vomit Fist just released Omnicide and it seriously challenges the basis for genre tagging in the sense that they’ve taken the blackened grindcore from their debut, Forgive But Avenge, and molded it into a forward thinking art form. It’s wild, reckless abandon one second and jazzy exploration the next but even that explanation is selling its many successes short. Then there’s the fantastic lyrical narrative here that continues the story from the debut and the words themselves which are, again, their own art form. To put it another way, there’s so much to unpack with this album that a few sincere listens just won’t cut it, it deserves some serious time and attention to truly capture everything the band has to offer. So, head below for the details.
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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Car Bomb’s Greg Kubacki on their new album “Mordial,” advantages of DIY, Metallica, and much more!

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Car Bomb is, in many ways, an anomaly in extreme metal. They’ve done things on their own terms for nearly twenty years now and with each new album they continue to push not only their own boundaries but the boundaries of extreme metal. The recently released Mordial is yet another shining example of pushing forward and even toppling their fantastic Meta from 2016. Progressive, mathy, grind, bombastic, are all tags that fit the band’s sound but still barely touch the totality of their capabilities and they showcase all of this and so much more on this new album. Head below to dig in. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Creeping Death’s Trey Pemberton on “Wretched Illusions,” College Football, and Much More!

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Wretched Illusions, the debut full-length from Dallas, TX’s death metal powerhouse Creeping Death landed on September 27th via Entertainment One and it’s a screeching old school groove death fest, with more riffs than a Catskill comic and an authenticity that’s second to none. The 9C crew has been keeping this on repeat since it dropped in the old inbox, and we couldn’t wait to get the chance to hit the band up for some more info. Continue reading