The Nine Circles Audio Thing: GiantBomb’s Alex Navarro on Video Games, Metal, and More!

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It’s metal-adjacent time as Buke goes all in on his other passion – video games – with Alex Navarro of GiantBomb! I know…it’s crazy to think we have other interests other than fist-raising, head-banging riffage, but video games are near and dear to many of our blackened hearts, and in this new world of self isolation there are few better diversions than jumping in for an hour (or eight or ten) of glorious high resolution twitch tomfoolery. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Consuming Metal in Isolation

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Being into metal can be isolating enough…I remember as a kid in in high school (this would be circa 1990?) having to do a social studies project where kids would sing songs with social or political relevance.  I can’t tell you how many kids did Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire.”

Me?  I did Testament’s “Greenhouse Effect.”  Being isolated wasn’t a problem after that.

This, of course, is something different. Continue reading

Profile: Dedicated Hardcorists La Armada

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Dedicated. It’s a word that gets thrown around haphazardly these days which has lessened its impact. However, in the case of hardcore / punk bruisers La Armada, this term describes their ethos better than any other. Formerly of the Dominican Republic, La Armada moved home base to Chicago and soaked up many more of metal’s extreme sub genres leading up to their first full proper full length in 2012. Their follow up EP and second full length are even more devastating while showcasing better songwriting and more of their Latin infusion which makes them stand out and sets them apart in a crowded hardcore scene. But, their dedication doesn’t stop at their song craft. The band is fully focused on social issues such as immigrant rights, globalization, and class struggle just to name a few. Where the dedication comes in is through their tireless efforts to spotlight these issues, help out wherever they can, and lead by example. This year the band will be releasing a series of songs titled Songs of the Exiled and the first of which is coming up this month. Links are contained below so bookmark them and be ready, trust me here – you don’t want to miss out. For now, read up on how the band responded to our Profile questions as they offer great insight into their inner workings. Continue reading

Premiere: Kilter – “Behind Your Door”

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When an avantgarde jazz/metal hybrid trio such as Brooklyn’s Kilter write an album inspired by the hustle and grind of New York City — as is the case with upcoming full length, Axiom  there’s a good chance said album will be a multifaceted beast. On the surface, Axiom is a jazz record full of intelligent improvisation but to fully showcase this ‘hustle and grind’ the band employs gnarled apocalyptic doom, noise, and sludgy rhythms to great effect. Each track is a standout on its own but taken together the album plays out like a journey through unknown territory with clear highs and lows along with moments of pure bewilderment. Today, we are pleased to bring you one of the album’s later tracks, “Behind Your Door,” which falls in line with the feelings of being confused by things or, in this case, unknown places. Head below to check it out. Continue reading

Profile: Julia Bentley of Noisemongers Night Goat

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I’ve said it before, somewhere on this very site even, true and real noise rock / metal should elicit raw nastiness and leave an indelible mark on whoever comes in contact with it (by mark I mean the need to go wash off afterwards). And anyone that loves true noise absolutely adores it; lock, stock, and barrel. Ohio’s Night Goat gets it and on their upcoming full length debut, Milk, they careen down a road filled with disease ridden razor blades and gutter brutality but the real key to how big of a success this album will be is their stark conviction and dedication to this particular art form. Its ten tracks are some of the vilest yet beautiful noise these ears have come across in quite some time and we’re honored to feature the following Profile we received from vocalist Julia Bentley. It’s a sincere response and a great look at Night Goat so jump in and don’t forget to hit the links to show them some support. Continue reading