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2017 has begun with a place of fear

2017 has begun and ninefifteen has finished Xibalba a place of fear. The song covers an old Mayan underworld god that manipulated the population of that time with tricks and fear based mind control. A "place of fear",is the the name of the underworld in K'iche' Maya mythology, ruled by the Maya death gods and their helpers. In 16th-century Verapaz, the entrance to Xibalba was traditionally held to be a cave in the vicinity of Cobán, Guatemala. According to some of the K'iche' Maya presently living in the vicinity, the area is still associated with death. Cave systems in nearby Belize have also been referred to as the entrance to Xibalba. In some Maya areas, the Milky Way is viewed as the road to Xibalba. The first among the Maya Death Gods ruling Xibalba were Hun-Came ("One Death") and Vucub-Came ("Seven Death"), though Hun-Came is the senior of the two. The remaining ten Lords are often referred to as demons and are given commission and domain over various forms of human suffering: to cause sickness, starvation, fear, destitution, pain, and ultimately death. This song has a wide variety of metal traits. From a lead section with a hint of Robin Trower to a descending chord progression that has a bit of Metalica in it. The vocal tracks are reminiscent of a style similar to Scorpions or Iron Maiden. 2016 was a awesome year for ninefifteen. Starting lst of December 2015 the band welcomed our new singer Marcello Vierria from Portugal. Marcello has been inspirational with all the new material. As we continue to work with him it has become apparent that the new songs stand out in message as well as performance. Through the use of drop box and studio one at 96K we have completed 7 songs and working on a few more. In December 2016 we completed the tune called Bolillios. Its a song about world famine. Marcello is singing the chorus in 4 languages. Bolillios was posted to skunk radio in the UK with a favorable response by listeners and the review staff in december 2016. It is on a play rotation now on Skunk radio during the Indie hour. Nick Bales has started to use a trigger on the kick drum. This seems to give him a lot more control with the new songs. John Hutton picked up a AXXfx II by fractal audio systems. This processor is sweet !! ninefifteen is just not another metal band that forms into the same mold as most. With innovative thought and attention to harmony and melody you can find a cross section of poly rhythms that stand out to define the old school metal meshed to a new style of song. A song structure that defies the norm and shows the possibilities of alternate time and syncopation's. METAL Yeah!!!!


After a long spell of indecision, and difficult choices it has came alive again for ninefifteen. Over the last year we have wrote 8 songs with no assurance who would complete the works as a vocalist. After consideration of many local singer songwriters in our local area we decided to reach out and see what was available world wide. Several weeks later we connected with Marcello Vieira from the UK. His lack of LSD (lead singer disease ) was so refreshing it helped en power Nick and I to believe in some one again. Marcello has completed the first track PENANCE and it is a breath of fresh air. His contribution and lyrical ability's have brought new meaning to our work. Marcello told us at first "I have years of experience writing, performing and recording professional lead and backing vocals on several projects in a broad range of styles. I would deeply care about the ninefifteen project and I am versatile, flexible, with a wide vocal range, very easy to work with and I can adapt really fast and give the extra edge as part of the ninefifteen project. He has exceeded our expectations and grooves with the band, totally in sync.Marcello Vieira brings to the table a keen sense of interpretation in to our work that shows a unique style and timbre with his lead vocal performance. His ability to work across multiple DAW platforms suggest a Intuitive nature gained through recording experience. Kudos to you Marcello !!


Gopal Bhar was a legendary court jester in medieval Bengal. Bengal is a geographical and ethno-linguistic region in South Asia. It lies in the eastern region of the Indian subcontinent, at the apex of the Bay of Bengal, and is dominated by the fertile Bengal delta. In the southern part of the delta lies the Sundarbans—the world's largest mangrove forest and home of the Bengal tiger. In one of these Legend’s, Gopal Bhar visits the Queen unbeknownst by the King and his guards. A peasant, servant see’s him and asks his name, to which Gopal replies, "Your father knows me; my name is Machi (Housefly)." The peasant inquires from inside the castle again, to which Gopal replies that houseflies eat sweets daily so he should not worry. Gopal eats all the sweets and then leaves the castle. The peasant in fear for his own life never tells a soul what he had seen. As time passes the peasant gains strength and is encouraged to rise up and free him self and his family from the King’s tyranny.


It's finaly comming together - the Raven is a more modern medieval metal tune - with a dual lead intro and a awesome hook this song will show some diverse song writing by the band - should be done by the end of febuary.


This new song brings a new flavor to the band - cant quite place it - a friend said - it had a little Bruce Dickinson style in it - the song was fist writen by members of harlequin 28 years ago - As i was reviewing some old 2 track tapes trying to save old data to hard drive I discoverd this tune . the original guitar player was Matt Basford - the drumer was Terry Wingett - I played bass ( John Hutton) there were no vocals at that time just a insturmental tune. After several days of rearranged versions on the harddrive recorder I decided to let Nick listen to this and give me his notes and revisions for consideration. I meet with Martin and described what I had in mind as far as the lyric - the compelling story of Saint Clair was of interest to both of us. Martin wrote the verses and we colaborated on the chorus. The end result is a true story of faith and purpose by Saint Clair. LYCAN BEWARE !!!!

BLACK KNIGHT on i tunes now !

help a brother out - ya all - check out itunes for the single release of BLACK KNIGHT here's the link http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-knight-feat.-john-hutton/id555233659 thanks in advance for your support and interest in ninefifteen METAL !

the mad frog september 2 - 2012

if you would like to see ninefifteen in cincinnati ohio at the mad frog on september 2 at 4 pm you can get tickets on line at http://www.gorillamusic.com/eagleone/buy-tickets/ you save 2 dollars this way - Yipi !! come see Nick, Martin and John lay down the METAL ! funny huh? just a note the battle of saint clair will be the last song of the set - this new song brings something to the table you havent heard us do before.

METAL harmonys on Saint Clair

Martin laid down the vocals for Saint Clair yesterday. this process was cumbersome at first , but with good reason. at the end of the session you could tell that the likens would have to curl up and die as Saint Clairs story was told. After working on the verse sections it was clear that it needed a little spice in the chorus . Durring several run threw's the tune has now developed a awesome 3 part harmony that brings a strenght to the chorus that is overwhelming . this is something even Saint Clair would be proud of.


Sunday was a awesome day of work in the studio. Nick and I rehearsed for up coming shows and captured the rough drum track for the battle of saint Clair. this song will show a different , straight forward old school METAL groove with a vocal that reveals the story of Saint Clair's battle with the human condition. In fact the LIKENS will need to heed this warning as Saint Clair’s power dwarfs any vampire’s will from the underworld .


started working on song number 8 today - the battle of saint clair - traditional old school metal - it seems as though the lyric will tell a story of depth and resolve. beware of the great saint clair - she will not spare your life -likens (werewolf ) beware as saint clair will be there to protect the inocent from your infectious predatory path of detruction.