The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Demiser was March 2021’s Album of the Month!

Episode 71 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing covers the debut full length from South Carolina’s Demiser, Through the Gate Eternal. Buke again captains the episode with a handful of the usual, and not so usual, suspects in tow as they discuss, and break down this album and this band.

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Demiser’s Demiser the Demiser on their upcoming album “Through the Gate Eternal,” the intense need to get out and tour, album art and a mascot, working with Damian Herring, and so much more!

Demiser, a blackened thrash band from South Carolina, may need a slight introduction now but when their debut full length Through the Gate Eternal drops, introductions will be a thing of the past. The band revels in its classic take on heavy metal but excels in its fresh ideas on how to push their brand of blackened thrash further than ever thought possible. I recently chatted with vocalist Demiser the Demiser about the upcoming album and how it came to be, their absolute need to get out of the house and tour on this thing, how Covid switched up their plans, their band mascot and how that came to be, how their bad ass album artwork came to fruition and the insane merch that will be available to those with a quick trigger finger, how working with Damian Herring came to be, and much more. Based on this conversation, it’s easy to see how true and real the band stays to the heart of metal in general and with the contents of the upcoming album, it’s easy to see that the band will no doubt be the breakout of 2021. Trust us on this piece of info and get in on the ground floor. 

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EP Premiere: MNRVA – “Black Sky”

MNRVA - Black Sky

When taking cues for your band name from the Roman goddess of wisdom, arts, and warfare, the music must deliver on all fronts. SC’s doom metallers MNRVA tick off all the boxes on their debut three track EP, Black Sky, which was recorded in the same space as Baroness, Black Tusk, and Kylesa, to name a few. The fact that this trio started out as a Motörhead tribute band isn’t lost on the intensity of these syrupy thick tracks that range in influence from Electric Wizard to Void King and all with a distinct 80s heavy metal vibe running through its entire 18 minutes. To say this is a great start for a young band would be an understatement. Today, we are extremely pleased to bring you a premiere of Black Sky, in its entirety, so head directly below to hear it ahead of its official release tomorrow. Continue reading

Profile: Justin Vølus of Vargheist Records

Vargheist Records

We’ve profiled a ton of bands over the last handful of years but very few labels – yea I know, total fail. Today we’re proud to feature one such label, Vargheist Records, and its owner Justin Vølus. Vargheist Records is based out of South Carolina and is making its mark featuring some of the most extreme underground metal you’ll find anywhere. We’re in this really good place where these kind of labels are popping up again and it’s a very good thing indeed. In the coming months we hope to feature more but for now, head inside to see what Justin had to say to our ‘Record Label’ curated set of Profile questions, then head over to the links embedded below to load up on Vargheist Records’ offerings – their roster is growing so don’t miss out. Continue reading

Interview: Skullcrusher from South Carolina Black Metallers Valle Crucis on New Album “Iron & Blood,” and Much More!

Valle Crucis

When black metallers Valle Crucis played local to me on a bill with Wake, Withered, Altar Blood and Greves I had a damn near out of body experience with this duo. Despite stiff competition across my beloved death metal and killer progressive metal, Valle Crucis’ mystical performance left a lasting imprint. So, as any other fan would do, I hit up their Bandcamp page, immediately, and bought the only thing they had at the time (obviously). Fast forward to present day, as soon as I saw mention of a new album I got in touch to find out more from this band which I knew nothing about other than the fact that they worshipped at the altar of violent black metal in the vein of all the early wave progenitors from this genre. With their upcoming full length debut Iron & Blood in the crosshairs I reached out to Skullcrusher (guitars, vocals, bass) with some questions designed to get a feel for the band and his thoughts on the new album. It’s not often I get a chance to rep my local bands so this is an absolute treat for me and I hope you dig it as well. Be sure to hit those links at the bottom and support them, they absolutely deserve it. Continue reading