The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 247 (9.3.2022)

Big week for big releases. I must have listened to that Megadeth album five more times after writing up my maiden voyage with the album for the site. Now it’s been a steady diet of Blind Guardian, King Buffalo and the Motörhead tribute Whitespade from the guy behind Midnight. The heavy is strong this week, indeed.

But it’s not all about me. The team has some massive tracks to share as well, from bands like Goatwhore, Armed for Apocalypse, some true insanity from Fluids, as well as the latest from Devin Townsend, Wolfbrigade, Escarnium, Crippled Black Phoenix and Cloakroom. Throw in the latest single from All Them Witches, a classic track from Siouxsie and the Banshees as well as Pantera, Moonspell and Killswitch Engage and, well…you got yourself this week’s playlist.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.


Throwback Thursday: Amebix – “Arise!”

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With Tau Cross’ self-titled album (which picks up where Amebix’s 2011 release left off) gracing so many “Best of 2015” lists and Killing Joke (to whom so many compare Amebix) releasing their fifteenth studio album Pylon on October 23, 2015 there’s never been a better time to discuss Amebix’s debut LP, Arise! Released in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles, Arise! forever changed the heavy music scene by blending the burgeoning, aggressive sound of crust punk with elements of metal and gothic metal to make a crossover album for generations to come. Amebix would go on to release only three albums in their entire career although, those three albums would be landmark releases. Those other releases are: Monolith, in 1987 and then Sonic Mass another twenty-four years later in 2011.

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Retrospective: Killing Joke – “Killing Joke”

Killing Joke (1980)This week’s selection for our Retrospective column may come as a surprise since we are a primarily metal-focused blog. There are albums, though, to which many bands bow and pay homage. Killing Joke‘s self-titled debut is one such album. Outside of it being one of the most important genre-bending records of the 80s, it has inspired masses of metal, punk, and hardcore bands with its trade-offs between ominous gloom, politically-bent fervor, and nigh-danceable rhythms. Recently, Manny-O-War and I had a conversation about how this album helped shape crust punk early on, namely Amebix. While its musical influence is undeniable, another fascinating aspect of Killing Joke is how frighteningly relevant its lyrics are over 30 years later. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 23’s New Releases in Brief

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Hey, a wild Friday appeared! Some good stuff dropping this week — and I wonder how many more Fridays we’ll be able to say that about in 2015. (Bear in mind, there are only nine more!) But let’s not waste any more time here. VHÖL leads us off this week, but here’s what else we’ve got on tap:
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Subgenre of the Week: Industrial Metal

Metal Monday to everyone! It’s a new week and thus it’s time for a new Subgenre of the Week here on the Horns Up blog. So without further ado, let’s get right into this edition: Industrial Metal.

Berlin's Rammstein - one of the genre's best loved live acts.
Berlin’s Rammstein – one of the genre’s best loved live acts.

Industrial metal, per our friends at Wikipedia, is:

A musical genre that draws from industrial dance music, thrash metal and hardcore punk, using repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals.

Drawing initially from more experimental English bands like Throbbing Gristle and Killing Joke, the industrial movement attracted pioneers from a wide range of backgrounds–Godflesh founder Justin Broadrick came from grindcore heroes Napalm Death, for example, while Ministry’s Al Jourgensen came from more of a synthpop background. (No, really. Check out the band’s first album, With Sympathy, if you don’t believe us.) By the late 1980s, the genre had begun to take hold all over the place, from the UK (Godflesh, Pitchshifter) to Germany (KMFDM) and even the US (Nine Inch NailsWhite Zombie).

Industrial hit its commercial peak in the early ’90s, with Nine Inch Nails and Ministry going platinum and picking up Grammy Award nominations. Next-gen bands like Fear Factory, Rammstein and Marilyn Manson attracted even broader audiences to the genre (so, too, did Orgy and Static-X, unfortunately)–so much so that even tired ’80s metal acts like Guns ‘N Roses and Mötley Crüe decided to get in on the fun, with disastrous results. Naturally, the increased exposure brought on a heavy backlash from critics and genre forefathers alike, but the genre continues to power on today, with bands like Stoneman and the Hypocrisy side-project Pain leading the charge. And in this week’s playlist, we’ve put together a little bit of everything for you to digest:

Dan’s Tracks:

  • Godflesh – “Christbait Rising”
  • KMFDM – “Juke Joint Jezebel”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “Head Like a Hole”
  • Fear Factory – “Self Bias Resistor”
  • Ministry – “Jesus Built My Hotrod”

Corey’s Tracks:

  • Rammstein – “Du Hast”
  • Stoneman – “Mord ist Kunst”
  • Pain – “Monkey Business”
  • Marilyn Manson – “(s)AINT”
  • White Zombie – “Real Solution #9”

Check it out below and start getting yourself up to speed on industrial metal!

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