Nine* Circles ov…What “Didn’t” Make My 2019 End of Year List (But Should Have)

Best of 2019

* Hey it’s Thursday!  And it’s more than 9!  What else is new?  I hereby fully (don’t) apologize for the late entry that clearly doesn’t at all conform to the format.  Suck it….

I tried to keep my 2019 End of Year list(s) brief…I really did.  But like last year simply too much happens in the span of 365 days to limit advocating and championing the things one comes to love.  And I’m not talking about the release of records.  I’m speaking to the way we change and grow and mutate with every experience, the way what we hold dear or take comfort in stands as a totem or ward against the hate and pain of a world gone mad, a world that grinds away at our compassion, our love, and our fortitude to stand against it while maintaining the core of who we are.  Continue reading

Premiere: Forest of Tygers – “Night’s Embers”

Forest of Tygers - I Will Die of Violence

Husband and wife duo Forest of Tygers have an impending full length, I Will Die of Violence, coming your way November 8 on their own label Acteon Records. It’s a terrifying battlefield littered with black metal, punk, hardcore, death metal, and noise rock, just to name a few. It may sound like an ‘all but the kitchen sink approach’ and technically, it is. But the way this team puts it all together is nothing short of a cohesive, lean and mean fighting machine. Today, Nine Circles is ecstatic to bring you a premiere of the opening track, “Night’s Embers.” As you’ll hear below, it begins innocuous enough but within 30 seconds the rhythmic hardcore battering bursts its way to the front. Head directly below to give it a spin.

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Profile: Boston’s Seedy Sludgers Leather Lung

Leather Lung

To be clear, Leather Lung themselves are not seedy. However, their take on southern, whiskey soaked sludge meets the swing of delta blues is. Their upcoming album Lonesome, On’ry and Evil, tip of the hat to Waylon in case you missed it, is the band’s third effort and over the course of their last two they projectile vomited weed filled jams and caustic sludge that would make both Bongzilla and Eyehategod proud. And now, they’ve really come into their own with better, catchier songwriting and an unmistakable swagger that makes this one an easy highlight. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band so stick around to see how it all went down. And, be sure to hit that preorder while you’re here. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Baroness was June 2019’s Album of the Month!

Episode 25! How the hell did we make 25 of these?! It boggles the mind, but not as much as the production choices on Gold & Grey, the latest from Savannah’s rocking sludge merchants Baroness and not coincidentally our Album of the Month selection for June 2019! Continue reading

Album Review: Lo-Pan – “Subtle”

lo-pan - subtle

Somewhere in the tangle of stoner metal and hard rock, where the sinew of heavy distortion meets the sweet muscle of melody and hook, lay the spark of what just might be my favorite kind of music.  Hard, biting, but never afraid to grab onto a hook and hold on for dear life.  Sometimes you want to roar and smash your head, and sometimes you just want to close your eyes, reach out to the universe and sing along loud enough to let it know you exist, you matter, and you feel the connection the music brings.

The point being, again (for those that missed it the last time): Lo-Pan.  Specifically their new album Subtle, which is anything but when it comes to my adoration for it. Continue reading