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

Premiere: Let It Breathe – “Greater Than I”

Let It Breathe - Let It Breathe

Let It Breathe – the aptly named slow-riding, fuzzed-out rockers from Minnesota – are quickly approaching the release of their self-titled debut album. While the April 27th official release date is still about a month away, Nine Circles is thrilled to whet your appetite with a new track titled “Greater Than I” RIGHT NOW.

While Let It Breathe is technically a debut, the gentlemen behind it are no strangers to each other nor the product they create. Randy Geraghty and Jason Knudson may have spent most of their time in the punk scene in 90s, but it was the arrival of Rob Rushing that allowed them to find their doomier sweet spot. Life may have eventually forced some distance between them, but this recent reunion shows no indication that these creative minds were ever apart. But don’t take my word for it. Check out “Greater Than I” immediately below. Continue reading