Album Premiere: Unholy Desecration — “Unholy Horde”

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Tomorrow, Unholy Desecration are releasing their debut full-length album to the world, Unholy Hordethrough Confused Records. Start to finish, it is a tremendous display of blackened death metal and is absolutely an album you won’t want to miss. And today, however, we are thrilled to share this beast of a record a little early and ensure it gets on your radar. Give it a listen, end to end, after the jump.

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Video Premiere: Ols – “W ciemny las”

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Ols, the one-woman dark neofolk project out of Poland, has revealed a haunting new video for “W ciemny las,” serving as the second single taken from the upcoming new album, Widma, out April 17th through Pagan Records. Translating to “Into A Dark Forest,” this song and visual offers an immensely somber and introspective journey, set entirely in the natural environment. Exploring a range of thought and emotion, it is as complex as it is compelling both in sight and sound. Today, Nine Circles is extremely proud to premiere both the track and video.

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Video Premiere: Habu — “Whirlwind”

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I may be jinxing myself, but it’s possible we’re heading into the warmer weather early.  Even if we’re not, my brain yearns for it, and with it the tight, melodic kind of rock that UK trio Habu bring to the table on “Whirlwind,” the leading track off their forthcoming album Distant Thunder.  I’ve made no secret of my love for the trio format, and the way the band combine to show off a potent combination of musical chops and tight songwriting craft recall the way Counterparts-era Rush could carve a swath of righteous melody without sacrificing some rigorous riffage.  Nine Circles is proud to premiere the video, which will hook itself into your ear for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

Premiere: Kilter – “Behind Your Door”

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When an avantgarde jazz/metal hybrid trio such as Brooklyn’s Kilter write an album inspired by the hustle and grind of New York City — as is the case with upcoming full length, Axiom  there’s a good chance said album will be a multifaceted beast. On the surface, Axiom is a jazz record full of intelligent improvisation but to fully showcase this ‘hustle and grind’ the band employs gnarled apocalyptic doom, noise, and sludgy rhythms to great effect. Each track is a standout on its own but taken together the album plays out like a journey through unknown territory with clear highs and lows along with moments of pure bewilderment. Today, we are pleased to bring you one of the album’s later tracks, “Behind Your Door,” which falls in line with the feelings of being confused by things or, in this case, unknown places. Head below to check it out. Continue reading

Video Premiere: Pale Mare – “Descolada”

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Toronto’s Pale Mare is a band you may remember from their self titled EP that came out two years ago. Comprised of only three songs, the EP gave us just enough of an inside look to know the band’s roots come from the hard hitting but sludgy side of metal. Simply meaning, this thing ruled and is still something we’re spinning when in need of that extra adrenaline. The band recently signed with Black Bow Records and will be re-releasing the EP soon so be sure to grab a copy when it’s available. Ahead of this re-release, we are proud to feature a Video Premiere of the opening track “Descolada” and it’s about the best example of how heavy the band can be as they gallop through nearly six minutes of serpentine riffs and viscous rhythms.  Continue reading