Best of 2018: Dan tried to keep up on his metal. It went…not great.

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So, I was looking back at my year-end post from 2017 the other day, and I had to laugh. As you may recall, I opened said post with a little self-pat-on-the-back for finally making good on my pipe dream of taking in less music. (I listened to 165-170 albums over the course of the year, which is still a shit-ton, but it was down significantly from years’ past.)

Well, my count this year will make that one blush. As of this moment, my “2018” folder on Spotify – the place I archived playlists for all the albums I really sat down with and took time to enjoy – consists of just 91 playlists. And that’s from albums across all genres, not just metal. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: A Forest of Stars was September 2018’s Album of the Month!

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Hey, we’re late again! A little less late than last time, but…still late! Huzzah! Anyway, we’re back with another edition of our Album of the Month series. In this edition, we’ll be chatting about A Forest of Stars and their latest effort, Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes — our album of the month pick for September! Continue reading

The Nine Circles ov…How I Became a Synthwave Fan

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After what feels like an eternity in the “development” stage — damn you, nursing school! — we’ve finally gotten our Retrocution column going here at Nine Circles. And damn, does that feel killer. I’ve gotten to a point in my music listenerdom where I’m listening to as much of this stuff as I do metal, if not more — and my attempt to build out this column certainly isn’t going to change that trend.

But, one thing said attempt has done is, it’s gotten me to look back at exactly how I got into this stuff. For a long time, I couldn’t — or never really tried to — pinpoint that. If asked why / how I got into the genre, I’d give a generic answer about “the aesthetics” or something, and just shift the topic to the genre’s latest offerings. And to be fair, “the aesthetics” are certainly part of the equation — but the music is the truly important part, and I’d never given any real thought to my foundations on that side.

So, let’s change that, shall we? Without further ado, I present The Nine Circles ov How I Became a Synthwave Fan. Continue reading

Retrocution: Special “Summer of 84” Edition!

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A few weeks ago, the then-new episode of the Vehlinggo podcast introduced me to Montreal synth duo Le Matos. Host Aaron Vehling had brought producers Jean-Nicolas Leupi and Jean-Philippe Bernier on the show to talk about their work on the new retro thriller, Summer of 84; the duo had composed and performed the film’s score, while Bernier also served as its cinematographer. With the description of the film and song samples that Leupi and Bernier offered up on the show, I was, to put it mildly, intrigued.

I jumped into the score immediately, but it took me until just this past weekend to actually sit down and watch Summer of 84. So, this edition of Retrocution is going to focus on both: a tremendous, tension building collection of cinematic synthwave tunes, and the decent-but-not-great nostalgia trip that can’t quite match up with them. Continue reading

Retrocution: GOST returns with “She Lives in Red Light”

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Still exhausted from the length of our last Retrocution post? I know I am. Well, fortunately for all of us, this post won’t be 700+ words long. After all, this time out, we’re covering a single, rather than a full album. The track in question? The newest Century Media signee, GOST, who returned this past week with the single, “She Lives in Red Light.” Hit the jump and dig in with us… Continue reading