Receiving the Evcharist: Akatharsia and Hell or High Watermelon

Receiving the Evcharist

Good evening and happy Friday once more to you all.  Tonight we travel to the Bay area of California for our ritual, with a beer from San Fransisco and an album from across the bridge in Oakland.  The Metal: Akatharsia’s No Generation Without Corruption.  The Booze: 21st Amendment Brewing Company’s Hell or High Watermelon.   Continue reading

Second Circle: Vanum and Druid

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

In case it hasn’t been apparent in the (holy shit) six months since I started writing for Nine Circles, I love black metal. The scope and variety of tone it can encompass without losing that ineffable quality that qualifies it as “black metal” is amazing to me, and so today’s Second Circle turns its light on Vanum and Druid, two bands working on opposite ends of the spectrum yet still to these old and tinnitus-afflicted ears hewing to the cry of the black. So pancake on that corpsepaint and let’s dig in.    Continue reading

Album Review: Predatory Light – “Predatory Light”


Santa Fe, NM via Seattle, WA’s Predatory Light, after wowing the underground with a two track demo and a split with New York’s Vorde, are finally unleashing their self-titled debut full length album on the world. Predatory Light expands on the already crushing formula that the band has laid out, bringing a whole new level of chaos into this world. Continue reading