Nine Circles ov…High Dynamic Metal

nine circles ov high fidelity metal

Straight talk:  it doesn’t matter how you consume music.  Listen any way you want: use the earbuds that came with your phone, $1,000 studio monitors, a sound bar…whatever.  If you’re enjoying it, you’re doing it right.  I’m not here to tell you you’re doing it wrong.  That being said, there is a certain pleasure to be derived from tweaking and upgrading, searching for the right combination that takes the music you love to the next level, shorting your synapses and inducing a synethetic delight.  So after numerous discussions with our resident Finn and audiohead Zyklonius I slowly began to improve my at-home listening experience.  I invested in a modest pair of planar magnetic headphones and a headphone amp (the ones above, actually: the HIFIMAN HE-400i and the Schiit Magni 3) and took my first steps into the murky world of the metal audiophile.     Continue reading

Profile: Southern New Jersey’s Swamp Sludgers Kolossor

Kolossor
Kolossor

Kolossor is a sludge metal trio from Southern New Jersey and even though they’ve only been around for two short years their membership shares experiences in likeminded juggernauts Swarm of Arrows, Wizard Eye and Meatplow. Suffice it to say they have plenty of experience in all things heavy and the proof is in the pudding, so to speak, as the band will be releasing their debut full length Crown of Horns later this week. It features ten tracks of swampy sludge metal atop a huge foundation of doom — great stuff to sink your teeth into. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to sit down with the band and ask them our set of Profile questions so keep reading to see what they had to say and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Crown of Horns for yourself. Continue reading

Premiere: Kolossor – “Wall of Sleep”

Kolossor - Crown of Horns

When thinking of sludge metal, southern New Jersey might not be the first place that comes to mind but Kolossor is out to change that with Crown of Horns, their full length debut which is set for release April 6 via Sludgelord Records. These ten tracks consist of three you may remember from their 2017 self-titled EP and the other seven build on their already established massively thick sound. It’s sludge and doom with a slight nod to stoner metal fuzz that rounds the edges out just enough to showcase their collective ability to dance around a gnarly groove. Today, Nine Circles is excited to premiere the third track, “Wall of Sleep” so head inside to check it out for yourself. Continue reading

Album Review: Slaves BC – “Lo and I Am Burning”

Slaves BC Lo and I Am Burning

Pittsburgh blackened metallers Slaves BC are back with a new album, Lo and I am Burning, and it’s one that shows just how far a band can go to reinvent their sound in a relatively short time.  Slaves BC’s musical jump between their latest offering and 2016’s All is Dust and I Am Nothing is less a jump and more an oblique step, but in a way that highlights the maturation of the members through time spent refining their sound. Continue reading

Profile: Blind Samson of South Carolina’s Doom Juggernaut Coffin Torture

Coffin Torture
Coffin Torture

South Carolina’s answer to heavy as hell doom / sludge metal is indisputably Coffin Torture who are set to release their debut full length, Dismal Planet, this week on Sludgelord Records. How do I know the answer to the “indisuptable” comment? For one, this band is local and I’ve been following them for quite some time. For two, they share membership with another titan of heavy, CEBO))), whom we’ve covered here before. The thing I’ve always liked about this band is their ability to not care about anything other than how heavy they can be. They make music they want to hear devoid of any agendas. Period. And Dismal Planet is seven glorious hymns of sludgy, downtuned and aggressive doom metal meant for those of who like it wickedly loud and slow. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask Blind Samson our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say. Streams are included so hit that play button while you read and SUPPORT. Continue reading