Prog Gnosis: A Self-Interrogation

Prog Gnosis

If you are at all familiar with our Nine Circles Audio Thing podcast, you’re most likely acquainted with (and probably tired of) my constant refrain of, “I just don’t like prog, dude.” We’ve been covering a lot of progressive stuff on our recent Album of the Month episodes, between February’s Intronaut and our recent Katatonia episodes, so I’ve had a lot of reason to make my feelings on the subject known. But, if you look at any of my year end lists, you can see quite a number of albums on there that are, without question, prog metal albums of some degree or another. Most famously, last year’s Waste of Space Orchestra album won my heart despite being very prog heavy, and breaking my “I don’t like albums longer than an hour” code as well. So when it comes down to it…do I actually not like prog? And if I do like it, why do I spend so much time maligning it? These questions gave me a lot of thought, and with nothing better to do during a quarantine than pick apart my own psyche, I decided to at least be scientific about the process and write it all down. What’s to follow is something of a primer about what makes an album ‘Prog That I Like’ versus ‘Prog That I Don’t Like’ and is inspired by four albums, of this ilk, I’ve listened to lately. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 129 (5.16.2020)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome to another Saturday morning playlist. This week I’m subjecting you to ska punk (blame Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater) and blessing you with new Misery Signals, Ian has you covered with the Mrs. Piss debut, and for once I’m not the one throwing The Mountain Goats in here. Check it out under the cut.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Wailin Storms and Claremont Craft Ales’ Raspberry Gose

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Wailin Storms’ Rattle and Claremont Craft Ales’ Raspberry Gose.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 128 (5.9.2020)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist.  This week, it’s Big Screamo Hours for yours truly, Josh has you covered with the new Steve Von Till single, and Buke gets a little…on the nose with one of his picks.  Check out all this, and more, at the link below.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Civerous & Stygian Obsession and Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Civerous & Stygian Obsession’s Heralds of Affliction and Buffalo Trace Bourbon.   Continue reading