CANTO: WAKE, Ulthar, Behemoth, and More

Behemoth 2018

Everyone is going insane.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Concert Review: Withered, Wake, Valle Crucis, Altar Blood and Greves (4.7.2018)

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When it was announced that Withered was on a headlining tour with Wake as support I knew it would be a no-miss situation. But when the dates rolled out and they were to come through my neck of the woods at Ground Zero in Spartanburg, SC it was set in stone. And I wouldn’t have to make a 4 hour round trip like I normally do. Win, win. The tale of this evening when three opening acts played like their lives depended on it, a first time experience with one act and seeing an old favorite burn it down.  Continue reading

Profile: Josh Bueckert of Canadian Grindcore Bruisers WAKE

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WAKE – photo courtesy of Mike Wells

WAKE‘s latest offering of grindcore brutality, Misery Rites, was released this past Friday and I’m hoping you picked up a copy. If not, and grindcore or anything extreme pleases you, get on that asap. Vincent heaped praise on it in his feature review and really, any praise this thing receives is warranted. The band has been “grinding” it out since 2009 and have matured like a fine bourbon ever since; aggressive yet infinitely more complex and well-rounded with each outing. Ragers such as “Embers and “Rumination” pretty much set WAKE as the current reigning champs of grind but then…death metal on “Paradigm Lost” and a dusting of hardcore on “Bitter Winter” and you’ve got, quite possibly, the band’s finest moment. Anyway, I could go on and on about this thing but you’re here to see what drummer Josh Brueckert had to say to our Profile questions. But, before you get started scroll about halfway down and hit the play button, then read through. And by all means, get yourself a copy of Misery RitesContinue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 30 (2.26.2018)

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It’s been a minute since we’ve done one of these so hopefully you missed it? Whether you did or didn’t here we are with the 30th edition and another good selection of tunes we’ve been jamming on for the last couple of weeks. Look at it as a pick me up, a wake up call or just a playlist to get you through Monday. You’re welcome. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel here and we’ll be seeing you throughout the week. Until next time… Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 18 – 24, 2018

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WAKE – photo courtesy of Mike Wells

So, we’re back again. How was the week? Busy here and at one point I actually got to see the sun for once — made me happy. What’s got you excited this week? Nothing? Well, this week’s list of new metal is longer than the line waiting on summer vacation and hopefully this will lift the spirits. Leading us off this week is grindcore phenoms WAKE with their latest bunch of brutal, Misery Rites. Next up is Dead Empires who added a singer and managed to make their best hardcore / heavy as balls album yet with Designed to Disappear. Rolling on is Insect Ark with their stunning and unique horror soundtrackish / doom metal on Marrow Hymns and closing out the top spots is Huntsmen with American Scrap, an album that really surprised me with how it combines King Dude’s type of dark americana with razor sharp doom metal — trust me, this thing just works. There you have it, the intro is done but we are FAR from finished so keep reading, keep clicking and keep discovering. Continue reading