The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Devin Townsend was March 2019’s Album of the Month!

It’s almost as if we kinda know what we’re doing! Like an elephant bashing the drums with a gorilla on guitar, the Album of the Month series continues its ramshackle adventure into the heart of metal, this time crowning Devin Townsend and his solo opus Empath as our Album of the Month selection for March 2019!
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Album Review: Inferi – “The End of an Era (Rebirth)”

Inferi - The End of an Era (Rebirth)

When a band mentions re-recording an album, there seems to be a general consensus that it might not be a good idea. After all, fans enjoy the material initially, even when said band can looks at all the things they could have done better if time, money, or technical capacity had been on their side. However, Inferi made the right choice in not only re-recording their album — titling it as The End of An Era (Rebirth) — but also in updating their sound to something cleaner and more cohesive. As Rebirth will attest, this sonic update is a feast for ears. The cleaner production and the additional elements makes Rebirth a fully actualized and fleshed out affair. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 14 – 20, 2019

Dead To A Dying World
Dead To A Dying World – photo courtesy of Kathleen Kennedy

Didn’t we just do this? Just confirmed and it has indeed been a week. Anyway, much metals to tend to this week and since I can’t manage to figure out where the hell a week went let’s just get to it.

You know, I haven’t had an album completely captivate me as much as Dead To A Dying World’s third full length Elegy has, it’s like listening to GY!BE In one ear and blackened doom in the other but as the minutes tick off it transports your mind to some decaying world that’s all too familiar. And that production, hoooo boy – get this in your ears. Moving on to a pair of albums that excite and charge me; the first is Mork’s Det Svarte Juv which brings the early Norwegian black metal strain roaring back to life in a way that is as cold and chaotic as it is warm and vibrant, yea I know that may be impossible to understand but once you hear it, you will. The second of these is Finnish black metal vets Förgjord who lay down a viciously scalding 41 minutes on their fourth effort Ilmestykset – why do these excite me? Mostly due to this pair being what I want to hear when I want to hear black metal, period. All this leads us to Allegaeon’s fifth outing of technically busy, progressively minded, melodically leaning, and best may I add, Apoptosis. They shed some of their shell here but add so much more depth, Charles has the run down so click the full review link when you get there.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 75 (04.13.2019)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome to another Saturday, weekend warriors.  We all collectively pulled through another one.  Why not treat yourself?  Kick back, try not to think about all the fun everyone’s having at Roadburn, and plug in some headphones.  We’ve got a brand new mixtape for you, chock full of good stuff old and new, metal and not.  Something for everyone.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Laster and Gingergrass Cider

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: Laster’s Het Wassen Oog and Golden State Cider Company’s Gingergrass Cider.   Continue reading