The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 17 (11.13.2017)

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Good morning all, hope that monster size cup of coffee is treating you right so far. Plenty of the same happening here and the eyes are finally losing their weekend glaze. I hit up Primitive Man and Bell Witch over the weekend, the ears are still ringing but it hurts so good — you all know that feeling very well I’m sure. More to come on that at a later date but for now we must fill your ears with the goodness we, collectively, were listening to last week and consequently help those of you who don’t drink coffee. Consider it a pick me up, you’re welcome. Anyway, subscribe to our You Tube channel here and head inside for your Monday morning blast. Continue reading

Initial Descent: November 5 – 11, 2017

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Vitriol – courtesy of Charlotte Gane

Darkness falls way too early now and it feels as though there’s not enough time to get anything done. Yea, I’m complaining a bit but honestly I hate the time change. But on the plus side, this is the time of year I always seem to revisit some of my favorite frostbitten and grim metal albums but also revel in finding new favorites as well. And with that let’s get to it. Leading us off this week is the astounding Pain Will Define Their Death EP from death metallers Vitriol and believe me when I say these three tracks WILL turn your head, Cloak offer up their charred and extremely addictive take on heavy metal with debut To Venomous DepthsSomnuri also offer up a great full length debut with Somnuri which is sludgy, noisy, heavy and forward thinking — hard to pin down but fun to try, and Swedeath torch runners Under the Church return with their second full length Supernatural Punishment which, astoundingly, bests their ridiculously good debut. Well, I’m off to see Primitive Man and life is good. Dive in and stick around for awhile, there is much to explore… Continue reading

Interview: Vitriol on Identity, Originality and Bearing the Torch for Extreme Metal

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Vitriol – courtesy of Charlotte Gane
I’m seeing more and more coverage for Oregon’s Vitriol and honestly I couldn’t be happier. My first exposure to this barbarically brutish death / extreme metal band was through their “Victim” video — within the first minute I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was savage in its sound, relentless in its pace and ultra-technical in its construction but the standout was in how much of the death metal I came to know and love long ago was contained in these few minutes: gritty, violent and absolutely true to the genre. Pain Will Define Their Death sees its release next week and within the three songs contained, the exact same can be said for all. We’ve featured them in a recent Profile and in our Monday morning playlists, today we are proud to feature them in a band and album focused interview that is extremely enlightening on things such as, but not limited to, band identity, originality and bearing the torch for death and extreme metal. Carve out some time to see what they had to say… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 12 (10.9.2017)

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For some it’s a holiday, which means no work, but for others it’s just another Monday. I fall in to the latter but who cares, right? As Corey mentioned last week Halloween is approaching and it’s a joyous time of year — horror movies, haunted houses, costumes (good and bad), candy and seasonal beer (again, some good some bad). One thing is for sure though, no matter what you have going on we have the playlist for it and with this being the 12th volume, and back to a robust size, there’s literally something for everyone. Drop by and say hello on our YouTube channel but in the meantime hit the play button immediately below and kick the week off right. Continue reading

Profile: Kyle Rasmussen of Vitriol

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Vitriol – pic courtesy of Charlotte Gane

We here at Nine Circles are telling you here and now: this death / extreme metal band from Portland, Oregon are the real deal. Vitriol will be releasing their independent EP, Pain Will Define Their Deathon November 10 and you need to be the first in line to grab a copy. This is a band that could care less about trends or whatever the current metal “spice of the day” is and aren’t afraid to tell you as much. They instead rely on what is extreme to them and what gets their point across that humanity is a dumpster fire of epic proportions and they have the soundtrack to prove it. Indeed, Hate Eternal, Nile and Deathspell Omega will be used as jump off points for describing their sound but within the three tracks that grace Pain Will Define Their Death, this band weilds the power to split the genre wide open. As luck would have it, we had an opportunity to ask Kyle Rasmussen (guitars, vocals) our set of Profile questions and he was an absolute champ with his responses and it is a MUST read. Move on it and be on the lookout for the EP to hit Bandcamp… Continue reading