Texas based stoner metal band Mr. Plow have been around, in one form or another, for better than 20 years now and while their discography may not be as deep as you might assume, each entry is filled to the brim with riff heavy, down tuned rock in the vein of Fu Manchu and Kyuss but with their own unique take. Beach in lieu of desert? YES, that’s the vibe in a nutshell. Ripple Music took notice and recently announced that the band would be joining their family and would be releasing their latest album, Maintain Radio Silence, this summer. We recently had the opportunity to ask the members of Mr. Plow our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say. Also, and in case you missed it, they featured their best of 2017 list with us and you can read that here. Continue reading
APF Records, based out of the United Kingdom, is an extremely young record label that caters to doom, stoner and sludge metal. But the fact that the label is young means absolutely nothing when they’ve released albums from heavyweights such as Mastiff, Under, Diesel King and most recently BongCauldron. And that’s just to name a few. Basically wherever the riffs are heavy, loud and thick is where you’ll find APF and they’re growing by leaps and bounds. One look at their Bandcamp page and the amount of releases since March is impressive. We recently were afforded the opportunity to get our set of Profile questions in front of owner Andrew Field and not only did he take the time to answer but was generous with his responses. Read on to see what he had to say and be sure to keep APF Records on your radar. Continue reading
And here we are. A few more pages of the book before it closes.
Two thousand and seventeen years after we decided to start again at zero it feels like a reset is needed more than ever. And this doesn’t even take into consideration the collective chaos and suppurating hate that seemingly fills the space between the molecules in our media, our politics, and our increasingly hostile behavior toward each other. That poison surrounds but has yet to work its way into my bloodstream. It’s a selfish ask, entirely due to my own weaknesses, insecurities and inability to take the steps needed to be just a little better each day: as a husband, a father, a writer, a musician, but most of all as a human being. It’s been a challenging year, and I have a long road ahead if I want to keep on having challenging years, let alone any years.
More than ever it was music that kept my head above water, allowed a glimmer of land to guide me ashore. Continue reading
Vermont trio Ghastly Sound return this week for their second EP of 2017, The Bottom. This EP, much like its self-titled predecessor, is another collection of songs that offers the bite of sludge metal but with the grandiose melodies of Torche which really makes the band’s songs pop right out of the speakers. The fifteen minute runtime of The Bottom flies by in an instant and you’ll find yourself hitting the repeat button time and time again. I’m amazed at what this band has done over the course of two EP’s and cannot wait to see what they do with a full length. Ok so, by now you get that this band and their music rules — stick around to see what TJ Maynard (bass) had to say to our Profile set of questions.
I get it – we’re all under the crunch here at Nine Circles getting our 2017 lists in order, and the last thing you need is to look at another list of albums you might want to consider before signing off on your own EOY list. And hey – I’ll be the first to admit that in the interest of full disclosure I don’t think any of these are actually going to make my list…
But that doesn’t mean they don’t warrant some consideration. So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… please think of this as some of my alternates – maybe they didn’t quite resonate enough with me to make my list, but that doesn’t mean you should leave them off yours! Continue reading