Album Review: Morbid Angel – “Kingdoms Disdained”

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Is there a place for Trey Azagthoth in today’s metal scene?  I understand the impact merging death metal with Eddie Van Halen style solos had for extreme metal in the 80s, but 30 years of twisting insanity from bands like Portal, Gorguts, and every band featuring an 8 or 9-stringed virtuoso made me wonder if Azagthoth and his 3.0 edition of Morbid Angel could continue to impress, especially after the brake screeching accident that was Illud Divinum Insanus.  Kingdoms Disdained, the new album reuniting Azagthoth with Steve Tucker on bass and vocals may not be the second coming of metal that Altars of Madness was, but truth be told it’s a damn solid death metal album, filled with great riffs and more than enough to convince the world Morbid Angel is back on track.    Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Morbid Angel, Textures, At the Drive-In and more!

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May 18, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker has indicated that the band will not be playing any David Vincent-era songs on their upcoming tour dates. That “whoosh” you just heard was my already-limited interest in seeing them at MDF nosediving even more.

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Donuts & CANTO: Ulver, Morbid Angel, Danzig and more!

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March 17, 2017

Good morning, and a happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all. It’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Ahead of the release of their upcoming album The Assassination of Julius CaesarUlver released a new track called “Nemoralia.” It’s wildly fine.
  • Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker tried waaaaaaay too hard to appease alienated fans, using “death metal” three times in a single sentence to describe what the band’s new material sounds like. When asked for a follow-up comment, guitarist Trey Azagthoth simply kept banging hardcore and radical. (I’m assuming.)
  • Remember how lame Danzig‘s covers album, Skeletons, was? Well, good news! The legend’s dropping a new album of original material in May. It will probably suck less?
  • Against overwhelming odds, it appears the Nachtmystium train’s building up steam once more. The band’s been booked for the invite-only (WTF??) Carnis Festum Open Air in California. We shall see.
  • I’m sure there are some symphonic metal fans among our readers here at Nine Circles, right? Maybe? Well, if so…good news for y’all: Xandria has announced their first-ever North American headlining tour.
  • Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and his ambient side project, BardSpec, have announced their debut albumHydrogen, which drops June 23. I’m excited for a couple of reasons: first, the band cites both Tangerine Dream and Godflesh as influences; and second, that cover art kicks an ass.
  • And finally, Kvelertak released a video for “Bronsegud,” off last year’s Nattesferd. You can check it out below:

Not sure why a 2:57 song had to turn into a 6:22 video. BOLD STRATEGY, COTTON, LET’S SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT FOR ‘EM. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time on Monday for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,

Album Review: Warfather – “The Grey Eminence”

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On the heels of a lackluster debut, Steve Tucker (ex Morbid Angel) led Warfather rectifies themselves with second full length The Grey Eminence. It seems that working in the studio with past bandmate Erik Rutan has made all the difference with this album, the overall sound has so much more depth to it. The drums sound absolutely mammoth and the riffs are pristine. The sophomore curse turns out to be a gift in the case of Warfather and while this album may appeal more to the technical death metal fans there is no denying how far this band has come in a short amount of time. Continue reading

CANTO: Johan Hegg’s viking movie is coming to the States! And more

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Another round of Canto from me. You’re all thrilled, I can tell. Anyway, let’s see what we’ve got today:

  • Leading off, Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg’s viking movie, Northmen: A Viking Saga, is finally getting a U.S. release! It’ll be available July 31, and I couldn’t be more excited for this sure-to-be-cheesefest.
  • Bassist / vocalist / exactly-one-half-of-Morbid-Angelist Steve Tucker has promised that the band’s next album will be “full-on death metal.” Which’ll be a nice change from the “full-on liquid shit” approach they took on Illud Divinum Insanus.
  • Swedish post-metal crew Cult of Luna have rescheduled their North American tour! The band’ll be hitting the road in September with support from Minsk and Kylesa (NYC only). Get excited!
  • Speaking of tour-related things: Revocation have announced a late-summer / early-fall run with Cannabis Corpse, Archspire and Black Fast. This should be fun.
  • And finally, I couldn’t in good conscience NOT share a new Rob Scallon cover video. This time? “Cowboys From Hell” on ukelele. Watch it here:

Good stuff. I’m out for now. Check back tomorrow for the usual.

Keep it heavy,