The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye” Turns 10!

 

On March 24th, 1999 the heavens parted and the world was gifted the glory of Crack the Skyethe fourth album from Mastodon and their second outing on a major label. It’s a sprawling prog-rock opus, sparing no expense to craft majestic riffs and killer hooks that ten years on continues to reveal nuances and intricacies folks are still talking about. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Moon Tooth’s Nick Lee on “Crux,” touring, solid advice and much more!

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Moon Tooth

New York’s Moon Tooth has set aside March 29 to unveil their monstrous second full length Crux and if razor edged hard rock/metal that is as aggressive as it is memorable is something you’ve been missing, this album needs to be in your pre-order list. The band’s trajectory has been nothing short of amazing; 2015’s Freaks EP was a ball of unbridled energy and 2016’s Chromaparagon added a progressive touch to said energy but tighter and more focused. On Crux, the band’s path shifts towards planet ‘kick ass and take names later.’ But seriously, this sophomore outing is exactly that but most of all it’s MEMORABLE and I can’t get enough of it. I recently had the opportunity to chat with guitarist Nick Lee about Crux, a new tour, lessons learned along the way, solid advice for any new band, and so much more. Head below to hear how it all went down and click those outro links to show some love to Moon Tooth. Continue reading

Album Review: Miscarriage – “Imminent Horror”

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People constantly talk about how metal is over-saturated with thousands upon thousands of new bands that are all doing the same thing, exactly the same way. The ease of the internet to get your release out there removes the inhibitions of metal artists to put time and effort into developing their craft. Those that pay attention to such things, are constantly drowning in cookie-cutter, copy/paste versions of whatever the most popular band of a particular genre is. For those that know where to look (see releases from labels like Sentient Ruin, 20 Buck Spin, Gilead Media, Vrasubatlat, wins most fitting album title of 2019), you often are able to find those that are dedicated to themselves and their art rather than to clicks and streams. Behold, Miscarriage‘s Imminent Horror! Continue reading

Profile: Toronto’s Heavy Rockers Pterodactyl Problems

Pterodactyl Problems

Toronto’s heavy rock/alt-metal/punksters Pterodactyl Problems will be releasing their debut full length, Esoteric Hobbies, next week and it’s a kitchen sink approach that actually works. Having traditional metal, riff driven heavy rock, amazing indie folk and good time punk-rock on the same album sounds like way too much going on but the way this group puts it all together is an extremely fun ride – one that constantly gives up new things and is never, EVER comfortable staying in the same place very long. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band to get a bit of a backstory so read on to see how it went down. Continue reading

Album Review: Soen – “Lotus”

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Soen have always played in that space that blurs the distinctions between genre classification: are they metal?  Rock?  They’re certainly progressive, but are they so progressive to be considered “progressive” metal?  Or rock for that matter?  The good news is that on fourth record Lotus continues to not care about labels, opting to let the emotional core of their music carry through.  Others can opt to argue what it sounds like; to these ears, it simply sounds like Soen. Continue reading