Nine Circles ov… Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity

Pretty sure by now everyone is aware of COC’s powerhouse drummer Reed Mullin’s passing. And if not, how about crawling out from under that rock of unknowing. Yep well, I’m a bit sour and out of sorts over this one so pardon me for being candid or loose lipped. See, COC has been a bedrock of my listening habits for many, many years and anytime I had a chance to see them they were like old friends and Reed was always the highlight. Always the brother from another mother. Always the pillar. Anyway, in reflection, I decided the best way to deal would be to put together a 9C ov recounting my favorite COC tracks with Reed on the kit or in the vocals so journey with me through a time capsule of my life and know that COC and of course Reed shared more life events with me over the years than most people have. Music is huge for me but COC is much bigger than just music, hell, they’re the soundtrack that has kept me going. Fly high Reed, love ya brother. Continue reading

CANTO: Irist, Napalm Death, Neck of the Woods, and More

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Would YOU love a monsterman? That’s the real question.

  • Some somber news to start off with. Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin passed away at the age of 53. The cause of death has not been revealed, but you can read a statement from the band here.
  • There are some more headlining dates for Napalm Death coming in the near future. Those are North American dates in April and May, and support will include WVRM, Tombs, Aborted, The Locust… etc.
  • Neck of the Woods have signed on with Pelagic Records for the release of their latest full-length. The Annex Of Ire drops on March 20th. I generally pay close attention to releases under that label, and this will be no different.
  • So this is some seriously awesome shit that I totally missed a couple days ago. This is a video for “Burning Sage”, the first single from Irist, whose debut album drops on March 27th via Nuclear Blast. It’ll be titled Order Of The Mind, and is a record you absolutely cannot miss.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Corrosion of Conformity – “No Cross No Crown”

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I’m conflicted with No Cross No Crown.

Not because it’s a bad or mediocre album – my conflict comes in reviewing this latest offering from Corrosion of Conformity with fresh ears and holding back the urge to compare. Both Deliverance and Wiseblood are absolute pillars in my listening habits and collection, and I’m coming to the conclusion it’s impossible to be objective when this reunion album with Pepper Keenan has been one of my most anticipated releases for so long. So, gather around while I make a complete ass out of myself. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Sourvein – “Avian Dawn”

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Sourvein. If you know, then nothing else needs to be said. For everyone else, Sourvein is a sludge/doom juggernaut from North Carolina that has been around since 1992 but have never really had the kind of acclaim they should have. True, the band’s story is one of heartbreak after heartbreak, a literal revolving door of musicians and bouts of alcoholism among other things. But Aquatic Occult, their fourth full length, finds the band with a stable home at Metal Blade and with possibly their finest album to date. Today we take a look at Avian Dawn, the just released video from the band’s 2016 release. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 46

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The guys talk recent news from Wax IdolsKing Woman and Corrosion of Conformity, then Dan launches into not one, but TWO concert reviews! From TWO nights in a row! It’s like 2015 all over again! Plus, new albums from Sarabante and Astronoid.

All that and much, much more in Episode 46, so check it out!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan