The Nine Circles ov…Integrity

Integrity was always more than just a hardcore band. Not that anyone from the late-80s/early 90s scene was “just a hardcore band” Sick of it All, Gorilla Biscuits, Strife, Bold, Judge and In My Eyes all had their own sound. But Integrity set themselves apart from the entire landscape with their sound AND their lyrics. Sure, for many years they were on Victory Records and part of the wave of bands that injected more metal into second-wave hardcore, which eventually birthed the sound we think of today.

But again, Integrity was different. Continue reading

Album Review: Underoath – “Erase Me”

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The new Underoath album is the best record Linkin Park never released.

If you’re looking for a pull quote, there you go. I’ll serve it up to you on a silver platter. I posted this last night on Twitter and the responses I got ran the gamut. Much in the same way that I think responses to Erase Me will cover the spectrum of  “Kick ass! Underoath is back and better than ever!” to “What the hell were they thinking? Where’s my xhardcorex?!” I have a hunch that, once the hype and dust settles down, this record will end up being the most divisive of their career. I’ve listened to it about four or five times so far, with another spin happening right now as I write this.   Continue reading

Album Review: All Pigs Must Die – “Hostage Animal”

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While black, death, and doom metal may be my forte (and what I spend the most time with), there is something about a grimy, fisticuff-inducing hardcore album that scratches a certain itch for me.  Maybe it’s all the metalcore I cut my teeth on in high school, but it just feels like a good time.  It’s nice to find bands now that take elements of hardcore and bring it to a level of darkness that matches the rest of the music I listen to, and one such act that is a go-to of mine is All Pigs Must Die.  Their brand of dark, visceral hardcore consistently delivers the goods, and nowhere more so than on their new album, Hostage Animal. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…The Binder of Forgotten Metal: The Final Chapter

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Third time’s the charm, I guess.  We’ve dipped two times into the Binder of Forgotten Metal, and there’s just enough magic darkness left for a final call.  It’s been a trip revisiting some of these records (not so much others, thank you Kalas), finding the bits and pieces that stitched together reveal a step of the journey I’ve been on as a metalhead for over 35 years.  So there’s mix of nostalgia and sadness as we close the book on this particular Nine Circles ov…series and the memories the music unearthed.

So let’s crack the binding one more time, dust off those square covers and see what’s hiding in the back pages one more time…   Continue reading

Nine Circles ov… The Binder of Forgotten Metal, Part II

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We’re back…time to crack the spine and delve back into the musty pages of the Binder of Forgotten Metal™ one more time.  I had a blast the last time listening to a bunch of music (strangely almost all from 2005) that not only had I practically forgotten about, but was most likely instrumental in bringing me into the fold of extreme metal.

Looking through the entries I picked I’m sure we’re going to have quite the same hit to miss ratio of lost gems, but there’s no telling until we dive in so once again get on your hip waders and let’s do this… Continue reading