Rainbows in the Dark: Pirkan — “Pirkan”

You ever get sucked down a weird rabbit hole on YouTube?  There was a point not too long ago where all YouTube recommended to me was videos of Mongolian throat singing.  I have no idea why, but I was curious, so I followed it down and immediately got sucked in by how cool the music sounded.  That same rabbit hole was also how I discovered the first single from Thy Catafalque’s new album, which I was also enamored with.  Put them together and what do you get?  Pirkan’s debut album, Pirkan, which sounds exactly like a weird, cool YouTube rabbit hole. Continue reading

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

Profile: Atlanta’s Deathrashing Maniacs Murder Van

Murder Van

Old school death metal is a wide open field full of fresh (rotting) fruit and much the same can be said for 90s era thrash, that’s a good thing by the way. Atlanta’s Murder Van combine, and capitalize on, the two for a no frills, balls to the wall approach on their impending self-titled debut. While their influences are vast and traces of them seep through these eight tracks, the band’s ripping execution is a blast to witness. And especially for those of us that cut our teeth listening to many of these same influences. Just ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to ask them our set of Profile questions so stick around and see how it went down. And, don’t forget to toss them some support. Continue reading

Profile: Irish Metallers God Alone

God Alone

Ever wonder what a mash-up of blackgaze and post-punk would sound like if done with Irish flair? Two weeks ago God Alone struck out on Cosmonaut releasing their debut EP God Alone. and there’s no need to wonder anymore. It’s a rousing set of songs that is atmospherically uplifting at times (“Madting”), and painfully biting at others (“Feeling On Tic”), but most of all it has a world music feel to it and not strictly the sounds from their homeland. In other words, it’s epic in scope and depth while defying easy classification. Our very own Vincent covered this EP in depth recently so check that out here for an in depth look. We recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head directly below to see how it went down and be sure to support them through the links contained within. Continue reading

Profile: Mike White of Cranium Crushers Bather

Bather

If you will, think of any moment in metal when every ounce of your being wants to explode and a devilish grin forms – you know what I’m talking about. Right there, at that moment, is where Bather exists and on their self-titled debut, released earlier this year, they plow through six tracks of death, sludge, and caustic grooves that because of their blunt force, some have sidled it with the -coreisms of metal. After experiencing this thing for hours on end, I can see where that correlation comes from, it’s like a wall of napalm that lays waste to everything in its path but just enough melody to keep that head moving. Good. Stuff. Period. Anyway, we recently posed our set of Profile questions to the band and drummer Mike White gave us the rundown. Head inside to check it out and hit those links to snag your own copy. Continue reading