I’m revisiting my initial post for what I was looking forward to from 2017 to see if those picks stood the test of time and if they were all I had hoped for. I don’t plan on going into too much detail as some of these may or may not be included in the impending EOY festivities. This year was definitely not the year we figured it all out and in fact it created more questions than any year I can remember. I do think 2017 was at least as good as 2016 on the metal front and in some cases was better, everyone will feel differently here but that’s my two cents. Metal was indeed my safe place to get away from all the bad this year held and I ran to it often. Without further ado, let’s see how these fared… Continue reading
Is 2017 going to be the year we figure it all out? Probably not but who knows. Is it going to be the year that beats 2016 on the metal front? We won’t know for awhile but I’m very optimistic. Our world as we know it is full of uncertainty and precisely what will happen in the coming days, much less the coming year, can be overwhelming and alarming to think about. But as long as the metal stays, at least, as good as we had it last year we will have a place to hide away for that fleeting moment of bliss. I’ve got many things I’m looking forward to this year but the following list represents those that occupy the highest anticipation level for me at the moment. So, endure one more list and we will see you back here at the end of the year to see if these reigned supreme. Continue reading
“This ritual must never end. The blood runs warm from the sacrificial shrine. Inflicting open wounds as dirty claws grab her trembling fucking neck.”
- Let’s start with a tour on this Monday, because that’s always the easiest. The Black Dahlia Murder, with Napalm Death as co-headliners, will hit North America with Abnormality, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, and Power Trip to appear on select dates.
- And a rough start to another tour. Tribulation guitarist Jonathan Hultén broke a couple ribs over the weekend. The good news is that the band will continue the tour with all four members. Metal.
- Crowbar have been busy, and now we get a release date for their next album. The Serpent Only Lies will be out on October 28th. It’s their 11th studio album.
- Why not some Rammstein updates? According to keyboardist Christian Lorenz a.k.a. Flake, the band has been working on new music, but they don’t appear to have anything particularly structured at this point.
- In Flames released a new lyric video for “The End”, which debuted last week. Check it out. The video is better than the song. And I don’t hate the song, so that’s a good thing!
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
In an act of ultimate blasphemy, I’m gonna quote the Bible here on Nine Circles real quick: “there is nothing new under the sun.” In a way, it’s a shitty admission. As appreciators, and especially as artists, we want to believe there’s always something new out there waiting to be discovered. We want to find it, capture it, channel it into something that’s ours. If you believe there’s nothing new under the sun, that every original artistic impulse has already been conceived and acted out, then you cede that impulse to your creative forebears. But can that idea not be freeing? If everything worth imagining has already been imagined, then the burden comes off of you to blaze any new trails. You’re free to reinterpret, to reimagine, to outright fucking steal the shit that came before you. And what’s interesting about this notion (or depressing, or really awesome, depending on your viewpoint) is that it sells. We can be sly about this. We can write books that we call “bold retellings” of works written centuries ago. We can be overt about it. We, as Hollywood producers, can say, “What if we just did Die Hard, but in the White House? Or London?” We can say, “this made a lot of money as a comic. Let’s make it a movie.” And that’s the prevailing atmosphere in popular commercial art now. Continue reading
Our coverage here at Nine Circles includes a ton of different bands and subgenres, yet so far it’s been completely void of Pig Destroyer. So for this “Nine Circles ov” list, my aim is to rectify that. To me, there’s no argument: Pig Destroyer rules the grindcore genre, hands down. From the first note I ever heard from the band through the last note of their latest release, Book Burner, they’ve epitomized all things aggressive and devastating. And it’s high time they get their due. Continue reading