2017 Mid-Year Report, Part Deux: Managing the Overflow

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*there is no Immortal in this list.  I just really like the pic.

The style and format of the Nine Cirles ov… articles is such that we limit ourselves to nine entries on whatever topic it is we’re blathering about.  It’s a blessing and a curse: it really helps hone down what you want to cover but, as in the case of this week’s mid-year favorites it can really kill your groove, particularly when there’s so much awesome to cover in the first half of the year.

And man there’s SO MUCH GOOD STUFF OUT THERE.  Someone on Twitter mentioned how he dug the list for the simple reason that none of my choices would have made his list.  Now, after you pick yourself up off the floor in shock that sometimes (rarely, admittedly) social media can be a sensible and warm community, revel in the fact that this just reinforces the amount of quality out there so far in 2017.  So, you all good with a second course?  Let’s dig in… Continue reading

Album Review: Power Trip – “Nightmare Logic”

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Look, you either get it or you don’t. You either feel it in your bones or you rely on the “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” principle and work off nostalgia for an album or two until the next trend comes along. For the ones who live and breathe it day in and day out, thrash is the only way to get the aggression out of your system. Make no mistake: Power Trip knows this deep down in their soul, and Nightmare Logic takes the raw intensity of their debut and sharpens the blade to a razor edge in the name of tight, angry no joke thrash that few are making these days.   Continue reading