Donuts & CANTO: Morbid Angel, Textures, At the Drive-In and more!

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May 18, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker has indicated that the band will not be playing any David Vincent-era songs on their upcoming tour dates. That “whoosh” you just heard was my already-limited interest in seeing them at MDF nosediving even more.

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Initial Descent: April 23 – 29, 2017

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If you’ve been following along, I talk about time a lot and mostly how fast it escapes us. On that theme, as of this month Nine Circles turns three years old. And it’s been an amazing ride thus far. To all writers and contributors, past and present, thank you sincerely. To our readers, thank you from the bottom of our blackened hearts for spending your time with us and being the best audience ever. And to the PR firms, labels, bands and venues we appreciate you. Now, we have metal to get to and truth be told that’s why you came so without further ado: Nameless Hideous Manifestations is a scorcher of a death metal debut from Chile’s Soulrot but also one that will have you rockin your headbanging skills like it’s 1990 again. Life of Agony have finally returned after 12 years with A Place Where There’s No More Pain and truthfully they haven’t missed a step since then and this album is a firm declaration of where they are now — a good place I might add. Buildings return with their third full length You Are Not One of Us (A+ for that title) and it’s a massively dynamic noise/punk/rock album that finds the band at their best yet. And rounding out the opening slots is Duel with Witchbanger, this band just gets better and better at their brand of doom by way of classic heavy rock — proto metal if you will, highly recommended. As usual we have much, much more to get to so jump in and stay awhile. Once more, thank you for spending time with us and we hope to be sending this message out again next year. Continue reading

Album Review: Life of Agony – “A Place Where There’s No Pain”

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Walk through the list of trials, tribulations, and transformations — physical and emotional — Life of Agony underwent in order to reach a point where we now have A Place Where There’s No Pain, their first album in 12 years.  Watch and read the interviews.  Then go back and listen to an album molded in the most classic of hard rock shells, where voice, guitar, bass and drums meet to craft a journey through dark and messy corners, guilt and shame and rage that reaches a level of catharsis over the course of its ten tracks.  It’s also a monster of a record refreshingly unapologetic in its approach to what Life of Agony is in 2017. Continue reading