The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Katatonia was April 2020’s Album of the Month!

Holy crap, we made it to Episode 40 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing! It may be May, but this here is the Album of the Month for April which is City Burials by veteran Swedish art/doom/metal/anything goes rockets Katatonia. Buke once again captains the episode joined by Vince, Ian, Angela, Charles, and Hera, who had the pick for the month! Continue reading

In Flames live at the House of Blues, 3.3.2019

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Band: In Flames

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: House of Blue, Boston, MA

Date: March 3, 2019

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Visions ov Hell: Kvelertak – “Nattesferd”

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I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent much time with the latest effort from Kvelertak. It’s not that I don’t think Nattesferd isn’t a solid album. It is. But it’s more that Kvelertak have always been a live band for me. I discovered them in a live setting, they blew me away, and I just don’t think anything they have put on record has matched that level of enjoyment. A snobby approach perhaps, but whatever. And as a follow up thought, yes their live show is that good. Regardless, we sit here now addressing their new music video for the title-track of this most recent effort. And let me tell you, it’s some kind of entertaining. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Hypocrisy and Smoky Quartz

Receiving the EvcharistAfter the last few weeks of sipping summer beers and listening to ‘lighter’ metal, I’ve decided to pull a u-turn and get aggressive this week. I’ve been flying non-stop all week due to some extensive projects outside this blog and I’m more of less relaying on everything to keep my energy up (and my aggression up). So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to couple the legendary — yet often neglected — Swedish death metal outfit known as Hypocrisy with a small scale distillery in the local area called Smoky Quartz. So I guess it’s time for that introductory thing I do. The Metal: Hypocrisy:  A Taste Of Extreme Divinity. The Booze: Smoky Quartz Distillery’s Bourbon Whiskey. Continue reading

The Nine Circle ov… Amon Amarth

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Almost two years ago, I stood before you… er… I sat behind a computer screen and told the tale of my ten favorite tracks by viking metal legends Amon Amarth. We were known as Horns Up back in those days. My, oh things have changed. While it has been a little more than two months since Jomsviking dropped (March 25th, to be precise), I find myself very much appreciating the path Amon Amarth has gone in with their first concept album. Keeping that in consideration, it’s just about time to make some minor adjustments to my previously composed list. There are some duplicates, to be sure, but there are some new faces. And also one less face. Because 9 vs.10. Anyway… let’s get our drinking horns out and begin! Continue reading