The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 22


Happy Halloween! As Corey prepares to pop his Blind Guardian cherry tonight in Boston, the guys talk about some upcoming concerts, come to terms with the fact that they just don’t really care that much about Tool anymore, and then discuss a new album from VHÖL and a new split from The Ocean and Mono!

All that and much, much more in Episode 22, so check it out!

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Episode 9: June 13, 2014

It’s time for Episode 9 of Horns Up, your weekly heavy metal conversation!

This week, Dan and Corey dive into a whole mess of new releases from bands like Arch Enemy, Tombs and more. We’ve also got news from Exodus and Atheist, and the most profanity-laced World Cup preview you’ll hear all month. Plus a special treat, as Corey puts his voice through a time warp at the 44:00 mark!

All that and much, much more in this week’s episode, so check it out!

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Throwback Thursday: June 12, 2014

It’s World Cup Thursday! And with Corey a bit overwhelmed at work and me taking sole charge of today’s #tbt post, you can bet your ass I’m going to revisit a soccer-related moment. But don’t worry, there’s music involved, too! My selection for the week is Nike’s full-length World Cup 2010 commercial, “Write the Future.” Check it out below:

This ad, directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (you’ll know him from movies like 21 Grams and Babel) hit TV airwaves back in spring 2010, during the lead up to that summer’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I hate to use a word like “infected” to describe something I love, but that’s almost the best way to put it with “Write the Future”; you couldn’t go a day without seeing it on TV, and that was AWESOME. For starters, it put some of the best footballers in the world front and center in our living rooms–and when soccer’s your favorite sport, as it is mine, that’s pretty damn cool to see on American TV.

But more importantly, “Write the Future” was my introduction to the Dutch progressive/hard rock band Focus, whose song “Hocus Pocus” features throughout the ad. It may not be strictly “metal” per se, but just TRY and tell me that guitar riff doesn’t kick an ass. Also, YouTube’s archived footage of Focus performing this song live is one of the funniest things you’ll watch all day:

The whole band looks like they’re on fast-forward here and it is AMAZING. Also, I WANT WHATEVER DRUGS THE YODELER’S ON, AND I WANT THEM NOW.

Either way, that will do it for this week’s #tbt. Make sure to send us yours in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter!


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Episode 2: April 17, 2014

It’s time for Horns Up, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, Dan and Corey discuss the new Triptykon record “Melana Chasmata,” revisit classic albums from Daath and Fucked Up, and give two horns down to a number of not-so-metal metal music festivals. Corey also gives us his first of what’s sure to be many anti-Emmure rants–so intense it actually DEEPENS HIS VOICE!

All this and much, much more in our second episode of Horns Up, so check it out!

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Episode 1: April 14, 2014

It’s time for the debut episode of Horns Up – a new weekly heavy metal chat from the creators of The Bracket!

This week, Dan and Corey riff on headlines from around the metal world, review recent concerts from Children of Bodom and The Ocean, revisit a couple of classic albums from Hypocrisy and Iron Maiden, and much more! Check it out!

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