This past year, I was fortunate enough to attend 35 different metal performances. There were a couple of duplicates (This Will Destroy You), but for the most part each performance was unique and left an impression in its own way. So, in going back through the past year and finally deciding to tally these shows, I thought it’d be a worthwhile idea to go over some highlights. You’ve obviously seen the more detailed concert reviews the days and weeks following various shows here, but the goal here is a high level recap of my favorites. This has proven more taxing than I would have anticipated, however. Looking back now, I don’t think there was a single show that I did not get at least something out of. Regardless, in no particular order, here are nine (ten?) performances that stood out to me last year. Continue reading
And we’ve reached the final end of our three part concert review. As fun as it has been sharing this show with you all over the course of the week, it’s time to wrap things up because there are plenty more adventures on the immediate horizon. If you missed Part I or Part II hit those links to catch up. For this, the final part, we focus on the show’s closer, Neurosis. Continue reading
To (briefly) recap, Nine Circles’ Admin managed to catch the Boston round of the immense Amenra/Converge/Neurosis tour. The coverage of that show has been broken into three parts, which will be published over three days. If you missed out on Part I click here to catch up. As they say, onward march. With this part we focus on Boston’s own, Converge. Continue reading
This evening at the Royale would prove to be one for the history books. The weekend, all around, ended up being one of many firsts. For myself (Josh), this was my first time to Boston, first time to the Royale, first time to actually meet and hit a show with Corey and the first time seeing Neurosis, Converge or Amenra which I, and we, have been following for many years. So it was a trip that will go down in the history books on a lot of levels. As for the show, this combination of bands is like the stars aligning just right for that one moment in time. It was a night of three heavyweights that, in a major way, leveled an entire block of Boston for several hours on August 6, 2017. The plan is to discuss this adventure in three pieces, and we’ll kick things off with the mighty Amenra. Continue reading
A variety of death metal superpowers this week! That’s always exciting. It’s been kind of a weird weekend on a number of fronts, so putting this list together was the perfect supplement to my body’s futile attempt to process all the alcohol I’ve consumed. I will apologize, the list is a bit shorter than usual. Some of the Nine Circles staff are off doing a lot of life-things for whatever reason, so that trims us down a bit. Maybe some of you think that’s a good thing? We don’t care either way. You know the drill, past playlists can be found on our channel here, and this week’s can be activated directly below. Enjoy!