Receiving the Evcharist: Rotting Sky and La Fin du Monde

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Rotting Sky’s Sedation and Unibroue Brewing Company’s La Fin du Monde.   Continue reading

Profile: Danny Sher of Horse Torso

Horse Torso
Horse Torso

We’ve talked before about how chance emails in our inbox can lead to amazing discoveries and an email from Danny Sher, mastermind and drummer, for Brooklyn based experimental group Horse Torso was one such mind bending discovery. This instrumental band also features Baroness bassist Nick Jost and guitarists Will Chapin and Andrew Smiley — together, they offer up a dissonant platter of jazzy, intense and highly improvisational noise rock. Being a fan of jazz and all sorts of experimental music myself, I can honestly say this band challenges me in ways many others can only dream of and I thoroughly enjoy each and every chance I get to try and unravel the mysteries contained in the eight tracks that grace debut full length Wolf Who Cried Boy. The album was released last October and we recently had the chance to ask Danny our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and be sure to support the band via Bandcamp.

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Nine Circles ov… “Special” EOY Awards (2017 Edition)

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2017 turned out to be a strange year for me musically.  In my first full year writing for Nine Circles I had the opportunity to explore different genres and bands I never would have discovered on my own, and taking in so much music (even when I didn’t want to, in all honesty) not only broadened my horizons and (hopefully) improved my critical thinking on music, but also helped me to understand better what it was I needed from music.

Next week I’ll be unveiling my personal Top 25 albums for 2017, along with a second post of 15 honorable mentions.  But there was so much that impacted me, and so for this final 2017 edition of Nine Circles ov… I wanted to give out a few of my own personal awards to some bands and albums that left their marks on me.  So without further ado, let’s dive in…   Continue reading

Album Review: Cleric – “Retrocausal”

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See that laptop in the above image?  I like to think that’s what happened to the circuits that tried to process Retrocausal, the new and long-awaited album from Philadelphia collective Cleric.  Moving at light speed from one musical idea to the next, ever restless and seeking even as it clearly lays its feet at the crossroads of bands like Dillinger Escape Plan, Mr. Bungle, and the exploratory avenues of modern free jazz. But rather than get lost in a myriad of riffs and ideas, this massive slab of music works in a similar fashion to doom, with extended run times allowing multiple listens to glean new facets and structures, renewing itself each time.    Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Transcending Records

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Transcending Records may be a jack-of-all-trades, acting as a record label, online shop, and distribution company out of the Chicago area, but all of that work is focused on one thing: bringing brutal metal to the masses.  And like many noble pursuits, it’s damn hard to make any money at it.  But a massive storm in October put an even larger dent in things, as a flood wiped out a significant portion of the business’s stock.  CDs, cassettes, clothing, even personal items were completely lost.  So they salvaged what they could and put together some cool packages, including a box of 15 CDs and a plethora of stickers for folks willing to help support them.

So for this edition of Nine Circles ov... not only am I asking you to help support Transcending Records in the best way possible: hit their site and check out what’s available (they have some GREAT releases coming soon, including the debut from Transylvania Slut and the latest from Monolith Cult) but I’ve assembled nine sick and twisted blasts of metal that came in the bundle I received as thanks for my support.  let’s dig in…   Continue reading