FIFTY EPISODES! HOLY CRAP! I wish we could say we had something special planned for this milestone, but nope…it’s just another round of The Nine Circles Audio Thing. The gang gets together for July’s Album of the Month: the blistering power metal opus Let There Be Nothing by USPM masters Judicator. Buke managed to wrangle Ian, Angela, Vince, and – in a rare sighting – DAN! Who incidentally had the pick for the month! Continue reading
Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist. We’ve got a house full of new picks from Judicator, Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, and much more. There’s bound to be something you’ll like in there, stop what are you waiting for?
There’s a nasty rumor – perpetuated by years of actually being true – that when an underground band signs to a larger, mainstream label their sound gets neutered; their wings are clipped and their teeth are filed down so as to not harm the delicate sensibilities of the commercial masses. Prosthetic Records have been defying this with excellent releases from the likes of Vile Creature and Rebel Wizard, just to mention two amazing releases from 2020 alone. So it should come as no surprise that Judicator, far from delivering a rote, by-the-numbers slab of historical power metal have put out possibly the heaviest, more glorious record of their careers with Let There Be Nothing. This is the benchmark by which I hold other bands who want to carry the label of “USPM” accountable in terms of power, majesty and killer anthemic riffs moving forward.
You’ve been warned. Continue reading
“Army of liberation, gunpoint indoctrination. The fires of sedation fulfill the prophecy.”
- Album news from Uada, which I’m always excited for. Their next release, Djinn, will be out on September 25th through Eisenwald. That will mark their third full-length, following the success of 2016’s Cult of a Dying Sun. You can check out the title-track right now.
- Judicator also released the title-track from their upcoming new album, Let Their Be Nothing. That one drops on July 24th through Prosthetic Records. It’s a lot of fun. You should plan on checking it out.
- Here’s a cover of Lamb of God‘s “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For” from Enterprise Earth. Recorded in quarantine, of course. That’s from their Foundations of Bones EP, which is out now through eOne.
- Amaranthe has announced a new album as well. Manifest will be out on October 2nd through Nuclear Blast. The first single from the record, “Viral”, is available for your viewing please below.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
So, I was looking back at my year-end post from 2017 the other day, and I had to laugh. As you may recall, I opened said post with a little self-pat-on-the-back for finally making good on my pipe dream of taking in less music. (I listened to 165-170 albums over the course of the year, which is still a shit-ton, but it was down significantly from years’ past.)
Well, my count this year will make that one blush. As of this moment, my “2018” folder on Spotify – the place I archived playlists for all the albums I really sat down with and took time to enjoy – consists of just 91 playlists. And that’s from albums across all genres, not just metal. Continue reading