Imperial Triumphant’s Steve Blanco on new live album “An Evening With Imperial Triumphant,” New York City, local venues, jazz, and much more!

Imperial Triumphant

For Imperial Triumphant and extreme metal fans around the globe, Vile Luxury was a statement of avantgarde supremacy of the like none of us have ever seen and follow up Alphaville twisted that blade in even deeper. Their sound is the heartbeat of their home base New York City in the sense of its roots in jazz and the extremities found at every corner and perfectly encapsulates every aspect of day to day life in the city’s grasp. Melodies, or hooks, are sparse and generally non existent but this is just the genius of what they do; every second is a different experience and every second of every song is monumental which is captured to near perfection in their latest live album An Evening With Imperial Triumphant. With that said, jump in for an excellent chat with Steve Blanco via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Atræ Bilis’ David Stepanavicius on new album “Apexapien,” deep dive into extreme metal, preferred way of listening to music, desert island albums, and much more!

David Stepanavicius - Atræ Bilis
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Vancouver’s Atræ Bilis made quite the splash with last year’s EP Divinihility and nearly overnight made them a household name in any house that heralds death metal. A quick year later here we are with their debut full length Apexapien and they prove the success of that EP was no joke. From start to finish, this album is an absolute beast with teeth big enough to tear the planet in two. It hits hard as a ton of bricks but is amazingly smart in its construction. Not clinging to any one leg of death metal it blazes its own path forward with Albert Einstein level riffs and chest crushing blows around every corner.  It goes without saying, this album is a favorite for us here at Nine Circles and for good reason. With that said, jump in for an excellent chat with David Stepanavicius via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Monolord’s Thomas Jäger on new album “Your Time To Shine,” readying for an upcoming tour, thoughts on the afterlife, being a music teacher, and much more!

Monolord

Your Time To Shine is Monolord‘s fifth full length release since exploding onto the doom metal scene back in 2014 with their excellent debut Empress Rising. To say their rise in this genre has been anything other than meteoric would be an atrocity, and even including ‘rise’ in that statement is misleading since their debut captured fans from across the globe and landed on many best of lists. Their sound has become the new standard in doom metal for anyone looking for something outside the ‘paint by numbers’ formula that’s been around for so long. And, with every album since, their star shines ever brighter. Your Time To Shine continues this tradition and further cements their legacy in doom metal. With that said, jump in for an excellent chat with Thomas Jäger via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Creeping Death’s Trey Pemberton on EP “The Edge of Existence,” Ohio State football, readying for an upcoming tour, MMA training, Riley Gale, and much more!

Creeping Death

The Edge of Existence is Texas based Creeping Death‘s third EP, but follows from their bludgeoning 2019 full length Wretched illusions. Death metal had no idea what it was in for when this band formed and called it its own. Their sound is immediately violent yet has a groovy, melodic edge to it that makes for fast kinship amongst fans of metal far beyond just death metal. Reviews came fast and furious for the full length and it seemed the band was an overnight success, rightfully so since said full length was such a hammer to the face of death metal that so many just couldn’t get enough of, and us included. With that said, head inside for an in depth discussion with guitarist Trey Pemberton via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Rivers of Nihil’s Jake Dieffenbach on upcoming album “The Work,” finding a green thumb, musical directions, and much more!

Later this month, progressive / technical death metallers Rivers of Nihil will drop their fourth full length, The Work, and by all accounts this album will be a crowning achievement for them as well as their fans and fans of extreme metal in general. 2018’s Where Owls Know My Name really blew the lid off for them and received mountains of praise, as it should have. The Work finds the band at an even higher creative peak and, somehow, heavier than ever. We’re foaming at the mouth over it and before long, you will be too. With that said, head inside for an in depth discussion with vocalist Jake Dieffenbach via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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