The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Paladin’s Taylor Washington on “Ascension,” Driving the Bus, Power Metal and Much More!

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Atlanta Georgia’s Paladin released their debut full length, Ascension, last month on Prosthetic Records and it’s a raging beast of thrashy power metal with enough adrenaline to fuel the next forty MMA pay-per-views. The Nine Circles water cooler talk has been dominated by this album, how thoroughly we’ve all enjoyed it and, on multiple occasions, the discussion is in regards to just how memorable it is amongst the many great albums this year has bestowed upon us. As such, our newest member Matthew Buchan — many of you know him as Buke — chatted up guitarist and vocalist Taylor Washington about Ascension, power metal in general, touring, NASCAR, video games and so much more. Head below to hear how it all went down and don’t forget to click the included links for direct support of the band.
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Embracing the Descent: May 12 – 18, 2019

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Another edition of Embracing the Descent is upon us with another opportunity to catch some fire from this week’s incoming metal. At this point we’re pretty sure you got it but for a recap: we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason and maybe, from time to time, a week behind. We won’t be hitting everything because a 40 – 60 entry piece just ain’t happening. Now…ready? Jump in and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 12 – 18, 2019

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Literally no one said ‘hey, I want to read this lengthy ass intro of blah blah’s and yada yada’s’ when there’s a mountain of metal to get to. So, shall we?! I know, it’s Monday. But still, LET’S DO IT.

When I think of power metal, what I really think of is the thrashy classic metal leaning sort that Atlanta’s Paladin provide on debut full length Ascension. After being head over heels with their previous pair of shweeet demos, this surpasses my expectations and brings a mile wide grin. Weeping Choir, the fourth full length from Full of Hell, touches on nearly every facet of the band’s busy history and is one of their most ferocious outings yet; grind, death, noise, experimental, the list could go on but you get the idea and you know they rule so, do that – choirs will definitely weep. Lo-Pan just continue to be one of the most exciting bands in heavy rock today and on Subtle they put an exclamation mark on that statement and are anything but subtle. Last up top is the legendary Saint Vitus with their first full length in seven years and ninth overall, Saint Vitus, AND with Scott Reagers back behind the mic. Personally, I was stoked for this thing and even though it’s not one of their best it is very good and I’m enjoying it. Your mileage may vary, etc etc.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 79 (05.11.2019)

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Welcome to another weekend folks.  I have relatively little gas in the tank, so to speak, so this Saturday couldn’t possibly come fast enough for me.  Whatever sickness wormed its way into my body has been taking its sweet time leaving, so today we’re keeping things short and sweet.  You all should know why you’re here, anyway.

Or maybe you don’t.  In which case: hi!  We put together a playlist of our favorite songs we’ve all been listening to over the past week, just for you, and we do it every Saturday.  Check it out below, and check back in next week to see what else we listen to in our free time.

Cheers!

– Vincent