Profile: Michael T of Code Noir

Code Noir, a duo from Greece and Sweden, have had a bit of a rough go since their formation in 2015. The band began with a full lineup but when the time came to record their debut EP, Burn Card, they had to carry on as a two piece. Fast forward to now and the band is readying their second EP, Jack of All Trades, and it seems as though a narrow stable may have been the best thing for them as their hard rock thunder meets blistering metal sound is tighter than ever. Just ahead of the EP’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to vocalist/rhythm and lead guitarist/bassist Michael T to get the backstory. Head inside to see how it went down and show them some support from the links contained within.

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Premiere: Neon Scaffold — “Неоновый эшафот”

On October 19th, the split from Neon Scaffold and Gruzja, titled Konflikt, will be released through Devoted Art Propaganda. Today, Nine Circles is excited to offer up the fourth track from that album: Neon Scaffold’s “Неоновый эшафот” (which translates to “Neon Scaffold”). This is a joint effort that will undoubtedly push the limits, as both projects embrace the experimental elements of their aggression. Get a sense of what’s to come immediately after the jump.

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Profile / Interview: Jesse Zuretti of Binary Code

Binary Code

On the surface, calling a metal band’s newest offering “crushingly heavy” seems a bit cliche. But, in the case of Binary Code’s third full length, Memento Mori, it’s the closest to the truth as can possibly be. The album was born out of a tragic event that left founder/guitarist Jesse Zuretti devastated and with a deep need to find some sort of light, catharsis, and hope. As such, “crushing” is fully captured throughout each pained scream, each hauntingly quieter moment and a heartbreaking, yet beautiful, cover. Beyond that though, this is an incredible album that takes their earlier tech death cues and gels with their more progressive, heavy rock stance of today. We’re calling it their finest moment and highly suggest supporting the band and this album. Plus, the proceeds go to a much needed cause, more on that below. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to send Jesse our set of Profile questions but modified it to dig deeper and get a little more personal. He fully obliged with his responses and we can’t thank him enough so, do the thing immediately below.  Continue reading

Album Review: Abrams — “Modern Ways”

Abrams - Modern Ways

For Denver’s Abrams‘ 2017 release, Morning, I spent some time on their past and how it tied to that specific release and how with Morning the band seemed to have found its true self, all of which you can read here for context. Plus, it made my best of list for 2017. Now, with Modern Ways, their third full length, that “true self” is being fleshed out even further taking cues from Morning and expanding on its best parts to create a heavy rock album chock full of soaring melodies, hooks for days, and a slight pop sensibility just to keep the good times flowing. As high as I was, and still am, on Morning, Modern Ways is better. All my trepidation regarding whether they’d stay the course, whether this effort would top the last, and whether or not this would be a defining moment disintegrated upon my initial spin and each subsequent spin leaves my jaw on the floor. Continue reading

Profile: Haukur Már Guðmundsson of Iceland’s Kavorka

Kavorka

The words Iceland or Icelandic generally are followed by black metal since black metal from there is insanely good. But, Icelandic metal and even heavy rock are equally amazing as evident by Kavorka‘s debut full length, Internal Rituals, which was released late last year. The lyrical themes are dark and extremely personal while the music is a cohesive mix of metal, rock, blues, doom, and sludge—a mouthful for sure but this band is flat out powerful, period. This is an amazing debut from a band that sounds far beyond their years. We recently caught up with vocalist Haukur Már Guðmundsson and asked our set of Profile questions to dig deep in the minds of Kavorka so keep reading to get the scoop and please support the band through the links contained within. Continue reading