Nine Circles ov…Metal on My Horror Break

Nine Cirlces ov.... October 2019

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here talking about metal.  That’s because I’ve been knee-deep in Blood Red, our annual horror series where I watch a crap-ton of movies and write them up for the Letterboxd Hooptober Marathon.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening to metal – I’ve been trying to keep up with the veritable glut of heavy offerings bestowed upon us so far this Autumn season.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I thought I’d jump in and share nine recent(-ish) releases that have been keeping the blood pumping…as it spurts out a major artery.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.  Continue reading

Profile: Mike Scales of Chicago’s Stoner Riff Maestros The Hÿss

The Hÿss

It’s a little known fact that Black Sabbath has influenced so many bands over the years (KIDDING) but exactly what bands do with this influence makes music, and metal in general, interesting. The Hÿss take it on the hip as a base to start from and add a mean punk attitude, hazy stoner vibes, and some serious blues licks that could rouse the dead. On top of all that, their second effort Hound is head and shoulders above 2017’s demo for god snakes. That demo, while establishing the band in the doom and blues arena, didn’t showcase the breadth of their talents or capabilities but here, all the pieces congeal into a heaving mass of electrifying and thunderous metal. If you need additional incentive to check it out, Pete Grossman recorded and mixed while Brad Boatright (Audioseige) handled mastering. We recently had the chance to pose our Profile questions to drummer Mike Scales to get some info and between food trucks, Beavis & Butthead, and the Grateful Dead he offered up some nuggets. Check it out immediately below and don’t forget to snag a copy of Hound from the band. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Recent Albums I Only Have Time to Review in One Sentence

9C inbox

Sometimes you hit that point in your inbox where you just want to take the poor thing outside and put it out of its misery.  The glut of things unassigned, unread or untouched is a sight to behold.  We tread in fear of accidentally clicking on a link and having the whole thing fall in on our heads, Romanian hardcode tolling against the latest skate punk out of California busting heads with Australian progressive black metal and whatever the hell that weird buzzing sound is coming out of Europe.

It is, as they say in the parlance of the time, swole.

So for this edition of Nine Circles ov…. I thought I’d try to run through a few recent releases and give them a little space here on the site, and also ease the burgeoning hemorrhage our inbox is suffering.  But time is short, and I can already see the next wave of promos coming in, so we’re gonna make this quick and relegate each release to a single sentence.  Ready? Set? Go!   Continue reading

Profile: Brian Tarter of Brass Owl

Brass Owl

On Brass Owl‘s self-titled EP, released in June, this power trio shifts gears from stoner metal to jam band to southern rock to blues and back again over the course of seven songs — no matter what they slip into it’s cohesive, catchy and damn memorable. Simply put, hearing traces of Gov’t Mule alongside COC is never a bad thing. Mastermind and guitarist/vocalist Brian Tarter played with Steve Vai back in the 90s and having been in the music game for over thirty years he, obviously, brings a ton of experience and knowledge to the table that, along with his bandmates, shines through every note of Brass Owl. We had the chance to sit down with Brian for more information on him and the band so head below for his answers and click through the links contained within to show them some support. Continue reading

Profile: Desert Rock Dwelling Stoner Metallers – Gramma Vedetta

Gramma Vedetta
Gramma Vedetta

South London’s Gramma Vedetta wants you to understand that their mix of grunge, stoner metal and classic rock is up to date and ready for mass consumption. Checking out their back catalog via Bandcamp (links contained below) it’s immediately apparent that this strain of styles is paramount to the band and their sound. Particularly since we’re picking up some Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and slight Alice In Chains vibes but also a distant Kyuss. If all that sounds interesting, and it should, then definitely check out their latest single “Address Unknown” which was released back in June and with the stream below you’ve got no excuse not to. We had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions and in our typical fashion we’re just a bit late with them. No worries though, read on to see what they had to say. Continue reading