Album Review: Allfather – “And All Will Be Desolation”

Allfather - And All WIll Be Desolation

Throw a stone into any blackened corner of the world and chances are before you hit dirt you’ll hit a hardcore band.  Standing out from the crowd of people down-tuning their guitars and barking their rage through riff and breakdown is getting harder and harder, and in a genre where the vocals/lyrics are actually discernable you need to be even more on your game.  Mixing doom, sludge, and a healthy dose of good old fashioned heavy metal into their sound, UK’s Allfather have slowly been distinguishing themselves from the rest of the herd, but on new album And All Will Be Desolation they take a gigantic leap forward to deliver a bruising, vital record that firmly leaves their brethren behind.   Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Battalions – “Forever Marching Backwards”

Battalions - Forever Marching Backwards

Why yes, I am aware it’s Saturday and there’s no Playlist. My fault totally, I forgot to ask the gang their picks for the week – sue me. But we’ve got one hell of a great track in store today via the UK’s groove laden riff mongers Battalions. They’re not a new band but you already knew that right? Riigghht. Anyway, they’ve been around now for roughly eight years and have a pair of wicked albums under their belts. So what’s new and why the mention? Glad you asked. They have a new album, Forever Marching Backwards, due out November 30 via APF Records and recently released a video for the title track which is what we will be taking a look at for this edition of Visions ov Hell. Happy Saturday and long weekend. Continue reading

Video Premiere: Lord – “La Fleur Du Cobalt”

Lord - Desperation Finds Hunger In All Men

Virginia’s Lord will be releasing their newest effort, Desperation Finds Hunger In All Men, on August 24 via Heavy Hound Records but today, Nine Circles is proud to present the video premiere of “La Fleur Du Cobalt.” In the event their past work was missed, sludge is the topic but with Lord it certainly is not the end all be all; heavy handed rock and thrash helps pave the way for their all too real lyrical content. It has an air of a group well seasoned in dealing with the topics they cover which makes this album, and their previous efforts for that matter, so much heavier than simply calling it sludge or thrash or whatever the tag of the day might be. Divert your eyes and ears directly below. Continue reading

Album Review: Churchburn – “None Shall Live… The Hymns of Misery”

Churchburn - None Shall Live...The Hymns of Misery

On second full length, None Shall Live…The Hymns of Misery, Churchburn take a lateral step into doom territory in lieu of continuing down the same charred, sludge path from their debut. Sludge and doom share many traits so it’s not a far cry but the violent and rough edges since The Awaiting Coffins have been hewn like a sculpture awaiting the art gallery. It most definitely is a surprise in approach but turns out to be a saving grace that not even I saw coming. Continue reading