Ketchup, catsup, catch-up…it’s all the same here at Nine Circles: stuff is constantly falling through the cracks. And while we’ll have our annual quarterly round-up from the crew coming shortly, I’ve got enough albums I’ve been digging over the last few months that devoting a Nine Circles ov… column felt natural. All of the selections below came from my own interest in the band – this isn’t a list of the releases we receive as promos I haven’t had time to review (that list would be immense and frightnening).
If you’ve been missing artists that truly go for the jugular in terms of real world lyricism and real world emotions that run the gamut of feels you are in luck because Strangled Light from Less Art has it in spades. Set for release next week on Gilead Media, this post-hardcore beast hits the ground running with musicianship sharper than a brand new knife and as clear as a crisp winter morning. The band features members from Kowloon Walled City, Thrice and Curl Up and Die so unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this combination is absolutely an indication of the quality contained within. Ahead of their debut full length release we got the chance to ask Jon Howell (guitar) our set of Profile questions and as you will see he is as eloquent and gracious in his answers as he is with his music. Continue reading →
FINALLY I’m ready to talk about this thing. For those that missed it, there was a killer show at The Great Scott down in the Boston area on June 4th. Mutoid Man toured their delicious new album called War Moans and were opened by a collection of amazing, albeit diverse, acts in Helms Alee, Primitive Weapons, and Summoner. Despite an all-over-the-place weekend that involved plenty of day drinking, family, and a soccer game at Gillette Stadium, I still managed to keep myself together enough to get to one of my favorite small venues in Boston for a truly entertaining show. I also took pictures. Some of which are grainy because… fuck. Anyway. Continue reading →
Sweet Cobra’s fourth album, Earth, is out today on Magic Bullet Records, and frankly, it’s about time. After all, it’s been a long five years since the Chicago trio’s last album, Mercy, first graced us with its presence. And as you might infer from lead single “Future Ghosts,” the band’s made a few changes to their sound. We’ll have a full review up later in the day, but for now, let’s take a look at the video for said lead single. Continue reading →
Call them crust punk, d-beat, metal, post-apocalyptic hardcore or whatever classification you can invent—Tragedy is simply one of the most brutal, damning bands out there. Not shocking when you consider these guys were also part of such iconic bands as His Hero is Gone, Severed Head of State, From Ashes Rise and now Nightfell. That’s an absolutely astounding resume that spans not only a chunk of history but also lays the foundation for a few genres. Tragedy may be crusty but you don’t have to wear Carhartt overalls and smell like a member of Inter Arma to enjoy their records. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, fans of almost every genre appreciate what these guys do. It’s pure, raw, unadulterated, unjudged and uncaring punk rock. And so for this week’s Retrospective, we’ll take a look back at their 2000 self-titled debut. Continue reading →