Nine Circles ov…”Special” EOY Awards (2017 Edition)

9C 2017 EOY Header Image

2017 turned out to be a strange year for me musically.  In my first full year writing for Nine Circles I had the opportunity to explore different genres and bands I never would have discovered on my own, and taking in so much music (even when I didn’t want to, in all honesty) not only broadened my horizons and (hopefully) improved my critical thinking on music, but also helped me to understand better what it was I needed from music.

Next week I’ll be unveiling my personal Top 25 albums for 2017, along with a second post of 15 honorable mentions.  But there was so much that impacted me, and so for this final 2017 edition of Nine Circles ov… I wanted to give out a few of my own personal awards to some bands and albums that left their marks on me.  So without further ado, let’s dive in…   Continue reading

Profile: James McBain of Hellripper

17498482_712898525557538_1437540143437015833_n

One man band Hellripper is a fierce blend of black and speed metal, tinged with the stylings of NWOBHM outfits such as Motörhead, Tank and Warfare and drenched in an extra dose of first wave black metal for good measure. 2017 saw the release of debut full length Coagulating Darkness, an album as infectious as it is articulate. Relentless in speed and delivering some of the filthiest, most memorable riffs in recent history, the only real flaw here is simply that you’ll wish the fun lasted longer. James McBain was recently kind enough to take a pause from other projects (Lord Rot, Lock Howl, Rats of Reality) to answer our set of Profile questions. Check out what he had to say and make sure to give Coagulating Darkness a listen while you’re at it.

Continue reading

Album Review: Kohti Tuhoa – “Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta”

kohti tuhoa - Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta

Happy Thanksgiving.  It’s pretty hard to find things to be thankful for, as I watch the headlines pop up on my phone, my television, even (with diminishing frequency) my newspaper.  It’s a weird solace to take, but what seems to be happening in America right now isn’t exactly unique – Finland’s political climate appears to slowly coming into alignment with the U.S., and like us bands are echoing the anger and frustration in their songs, perhaps none more so than the punk/hardcore outfit Kohti Tuhoa, whose second album Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta is a blistering attack not just on the antics of the right wing establishment, but on the state of metal.   Continue reading

Profile: Michel Regueiro of The Evil Dead

Evil Dead new
The Evil Dead

Argentina’s The Evil Dead play an eclectic and extremely addicting mix of classic heavy metal, modern day speed metal and black n roll. The band started in 2006 and have one demo, one EP and, as of this past January, their second full length Earth Inferno was released. This album finds the band with even more beautifully executed NWOBHM harmonies and structures, a tighter grip on the speed metal resurgence and a larger focus on black metal this time out with an exceptional vocal performance that would make Jon Nodtveidt proud. All of which make for an outstanding sophomore effort that while it may remind you of the glory days in metal it is by no means a carbon copy, instead the band takes all of their influences and comes away with something that will find an audience with metal fans from all across the spectrum. We recently had the opportunity to ask Michel Regueiro (guitarist) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say.

Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Evil Invaders – “Raising Hell”

Evil Invaders - Raising Hell

Visions ov Hell means it’s time to begin a new week whether anyone is ready for it or not. Having the Monday blahs is understandable but it doesn’t have to suck completely which is why Evil Invader‘s new video for Raising Hell comes at an opportune time. The band released an EP, In For the Kill, last week and offered two new songs and two live songs from their past. For now Raising Hell will be your extra shot of speed metal to drop in that pot of coffee you’re inevitably choking down. Myself included. Continue reading