Undeath’s Alexander Jones on “It’s Time…To Rise From the Grave,” a writing and journalism major, New York, and much more!

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Now on a sophomore album run, Undeath have made a huge name for themselves by simply being as death metal as they can be. On paper, that sounds simple but some bands can go a lifetime and never find the groove Undeath has. Mining the meat and potatoes as well as the ‘gimme that nasty riff’ crowd, It’s Time…To Rise From the Grave is a violent beast and a massive statement that they are here to stay. Buke sat down with vocalist Alexander Jones to discuss said album and how it was to make this album as a full band, how they’ve evolved from their 2019 demo, his writing and journalism major, early music interests and influences as well as several grindcore recommendations, living in New York and that music scene, how he landed in a death metal band, and so much more. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety so grab a beer, a chair, and enjoy.

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Initial Descent: April 17 – 23, 2022

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Busy week ‘round these parts last week. Hopefully we can keep that momentum, but if you missed anything do catch up. Moving on to the reason you’re here…new releases and we’ve got a ton for this week that kicks off with a trio of excellent death metal from Undeath, Sentient Horror, and Corpsessed, a wickedly good heavy metal outing from Skull Fist, and a long list of other releases that are equally worthy of your time. Feel free to let us know what we missed and if your band or label wants to be included here, get in touch via our info found on this site. We’d love to hear from you.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 219 (2.19.2022)

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Third week in a row where February continues to just pummel us with great music releases. The latest from Australia’s Neptune Power Federation brings the heavy rock and roll swagger my body craves, and then Immolation just wrecks with their signature menacing take on death metal. Good way to kick off the 219th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, I’d say…

Elsewhere in the ether Vincent slays with some Madame Germen, Battle of Mice and Amenra. Josh shares my joy at the news of new Somali Yacht Club forthcoming, and bridges the old (Dangerous Toys) with the new (Undeath). Ian only has one thing on his mind, and that is the new single from Amon Amarth. Anton is all about Transcending Obscurity this week, bringing both Dischordia and Sisyphean into the playlist. Angela always plays the game hard, and this week is no exception with Health X, Nothing, and Cult of Luna while Buke is always reliable for a wide range of music: this week he throws in Hath, Nuclear Assault, Nails, and ends us with some classic epic prog courtesy of Yes, of all bands.

Get listening. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Cavernlight, Somali Yacht Club, Undeath, and More

Today was far more tolerable. Absolutely incredible.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 215 (1.22.2022)

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I’m back, baby…took a week off to get out of the cold and storms and hit the Florida Keys, where despite being mandated to listen to things like Bertie Higgins and other assorted yacht rock, I still pounded some righteous metal. Holy CRAP the new Falls of Rauros, y’all…can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

And you can hear the first single “Clarity” now on the 215th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, as well as the latest from Napalm Death who have an EP coming soon. I can’t believe it’s January and I already have two EOY contenders. Elsewhere in the 9C universe Josh brings the super heavy with new music from Undeath and Deserted Fear as well as site favorites Amorphis and Ghost. Vincent mixes things up with Piet Onthel, some vintage Bloc Party and the newest from Alto Arc. Have I mentioned Buke has some weird wiring that allows him to know what I’m listening to any given moment and reflect that in his playlist picks. How else to explain his inclusion of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Tom Waits? have no fear: he also throws in some classic Dio and Black Sabbath to ensure heaviness reigns. Anton once again packs for bear, giving us Slugdge covering Napalm Death and a new collaboration between Lustmord and Godflesh.

Finally Angela gets us back on extreme metal ground with cuts from Druid Lord, Sowulo, and Zeal & Ardor which feels like a great close to this week. I need a coffee refill, so we’ll leave you with the playlist. Be seeing you…

Chris