Greetings once more, fellow travelers on the journey of life. Too much? Maybe. I’m just glad it’s the weekend again. Or it could be that I’m just hungry. It’s lunch time when I’m writing this, and I’m lusting after some chinese food (I’m eating food from home though, and my wallet better thank me for this one). Either way, it’s time to get this party started, and there’s no better way than our weekly playlist. We’ve got lots of good tunes coming this time, and there’s a little something for every taste in there. I personally included the CHVRCHES song I’ve been jamming on all week, because sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the bleak and the heavy, and CHVRCHES whip ass anyway. I’ll catch you all next week. Back to dreaming about chow mein…
Welcome back, dear readers, to the last Evcharist of 2016. I don’t know about many of you, but I am glad to be seeing the backside of this year. 2016 has been a hard pill for me to swallow, both in terms of my personal life and in the events of the world abroad. However, it bears to not dwell too long on these things. 2016 brought many good things into my life too: the wonderful friends I made on the internet through #metalbandcampgiftclub, a treasure trove of great music, my attendance at Migration Fest in August (which was hands down the best weekend of my life), and most importantly the ability to have a creative outlet here at Nine Circles. So with that said, let’s kick this year out the door with some gusto. The Metal: Kowloon Walled City’s Grievances. The Booze: Stone Brewing Company’s Xocoveza. Continue reading
Now that the dust has had time to settle over the past few weeks, I’m ready to start recounting the incredible experience that was my first trip to the Pacific Northwest for Migration Fest. Now, please keep in mind that the title this post is misleading. Calling this a ‘review’ may not be accurate. That would imply that there could have been some negative aspects of Migration weekend… and that just isn’t reality. No, this far better categorized as a recount. Or better yet, a praising. You may have also noticed that this is referenced as ‘Part 1’. I’ll cover Thursday (in part) and Friday here, and then offer my highlights of the other days… eventually. I didn’t feel like writing, not bombarding you, with about 2500 words of reading material in one sitting. You’re welcome. Continue reading
“It’s the cowardice that pulls you under, and takes you to the end, where it begins. Release, the world is waiting on your arrival. Close your eyes, as we witness another bullet ride.”
- We should obviously start today with the big news from In Flames, who announced their next album, Battles, will be out on November 11th. The new track, “The End”, also feels like a significant step up from Siren Charms. So that’s good.
- Couple big/brief tours on hand as well. First, Gwar has announced a relatively brief run of shows with Crowbar, Mutoid Man, and Darkest Hour. Well, this isn’t a big tour in terms of dates, but it will at least be fun?
- And then, for those on the west coast, you get a sick handful of shows from Neurosis, Yob, Kowloon Walled City, and Sumac. I’m super jealous.
- In Flames aren’t the only ones to drop a new track. Check out the new beast from Meshuggah titled “Born In Dissonance”. The Violent Sleep of Reason will be out on October 7th.
- There’s a new one from Asphyx as well! It’s the title-track from the new album, Incoming Death, which drops on September 30th.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
There are few bands that span the hardcore and punk river as well as Victims. They’ve been around since 1997 and have not slowed their output or their veracity. Their upcoming album, Sirens is yet another terrific edition to their catalog. On the album Victims continues their assault against global injustice with their straight forward, hardcore influenced d-beat punk rock. In advance of that album we got a chance to sit down and have a brief chat with Victims. Below are the results.