Profile: Atlanta’s Deathrashing Maniacs Murder Van

Murder Van

Old school death metal is a wide open field full of fresh (rotting) fruit and much the same can be said for 90s era thrash, that’s a good thing by the way. Atlanta’s Murder Van combine, and capitalize on, the two for a no frills, balls to the wall approach on their impending self-titled debut. While their influences are vast and traces of them seep through these eight tracks, the band’s ripping execution is a blast to witness. And especially for those of us that cut our teeth listening to many of these same influences. Just ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to ask them our set of Profile questions so stick around and see how it went down. And, don’t forget to toss them some support. Continue reading

Album Review: Exhorder – “Mourn the Southern Skies”

Exhorder - Mourn the Southern Skies

Since 1992, which saw the release of The Law, Exhorder has been out of reach in the sense of new material. And each restart was foiled before any steam could build for a real reunion/reformation. But that hasn’t stopped their legendary status from staying intact and growing or the hopes of new material, one day. Now, that day has come and that new material is Mourn the Southern Skies. 27 years is a long time. Things change, fans change, technology’s changed and music consumption has changed drastically but the band’s basic penchant for biting thrash metal hasn’t changed a bit. Mellowed sure, but the basics are still there and it’s damn good to have them back. Continue reading

Profile: The Grand Abominators Botis

Botis

PA based Botis will be independently releasing their debut full length, Grand Abominations, on July 26 and it’s a beast of an album full of thrashy attitude, frenetic black metal, and some truly wicked guitar work. Definitely one you’ll want to get your hands, and ears, on. As you’ll read below, the membership here shares with progressive power metallers Lör which makes it all the more interesting to hear this vicious twist. Just ahead of this barnburner hitting the general public, we had the opportunity to ask them our set of Profile questions so head below to see how it all went down. Be sure and grab a copy while you’re at it, links are contained within. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Paladin’s Taylor Washington on “Ascension,” Driving the Bus, Power Metal and Much More!

Paladin

Atlanta Georgia’s Paladin released their debut full length, Ascension, last month on Prosthetic Records and it’s a raging beast of thrashy power metal with enough adrenaline to fuel the next forty MMA pay-per-views. The Nine Circles water cooler talk has been dominated by this album, how thoroughly we’ve all enjoyed it and, on multiple occasions, the discussion is in regards to just how memorable it is amongst the many great albums this year has bestowed upon us. As such, our newest member Matthew Buchan — many of you know him as Buke — chatted up guitarist and vocalist Taylor Washington about Ascension, power metal in general, touring, NASCAR, video games and so much more. Head below to hear how it all went down and don’t forget to click the included links for direct support of the band.
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Album Review: Death Angel – “Humanicide”

death angel - humanicide

The joke is that thrash never changes.  It is what it is, and its steadfast adherence to the tenants of its genre are what make thrash, well…thrash.  And over the course of the six albums released during their re-emergence, Death Angel continue to hold fast that line of blistering precision and aggression, with new album Humanicide fitting comfortably in with their previous output.  Maybe consistent is a a more apt descriptor, as there’s little to differentiate any of the songs from previous albums, but when the quality is this high that’s hardly a complaint. Continue reading