Nine Circles Ov… Tragedy


It’s no secret that I enjoy my punk rock crusty, loud, aggressive and simply unrelenting. It’s because of that penchant that Tragedy is likely one of my favorite bands of all time. The blend of hardcore and punk, combined with the classic d-beat sound of the British punk wave often border on death metal. In fact, Todd Burdette even took some of his Darker Days Ahead style of compositions and formed the blackened death metal act Nightfall. Continue reading

CANTO: Festival news, Gary Holt’s new guitar, and more


Hello. Today wasn’t ideal. Tonight will be.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Nine Circles ov… Re-Visioned Album Art


It’s the end of the year and everyone knows what that shit means. I’ve been refusing to even think about polluting the internet with another sort of list or anything regarding the albums I’ve enjoyed for the past year, until recently. I stumbled upon this site, which is really awesome — it’s ten artists re-imagining the album art for their favorite releases from 2015. I got real stoked on it but was let down by the absolute void of any metal albums. Continue reading

Best of Q3: Dan’s List

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All things considered, this was a pretty solid three months for metal. I’ll admit up front that I probably didn’t listen to as much from July through September as I had during either of 2015’s first two quarters, but luckily, the stuff I did listen to has held up pretty damn well. Here’s what I’ve got for ya: Continue reading

Best of Q3: Corey’s List

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I always appreciate these quarterly recaps that we do here at Nine Circles. With all the new music flying around week after week, month after month, it’s always good to take a minute to reflect on some of the better work we’ve been exposed to. The last few months have delivered a number of memorable albums from bigger names like Lamb of God and Amorphis, but at the same time a number of more obscure bands have forced their way into the periphery of many. My list has a bit of all that, so let’s take a look.

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