Rivers of Nihil’s Jake Dieffenbach on upcoming album “The Work,” finding a green thumb, musical directions, and much more!

Later this month, progressive / technical death metallers Rivers of Nihil will drop their fourth full length, The Work, and by all accounts this album will be a crowning achievement for them as well as their fans and fans of extreme metal in general. 2018’s Where Owls Know My Name really blew the lid off for them and received mountains of praise, as it should have. The Work finds the band at an even higher creative peak and, somehow, heavier than ever. We’re foaming at the mouth over it and before long, you will be too. With that said, head inside for an in depth discussion with vocalist Jake Dieffenbach via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Album Review: Wolves in the Throne Room — “Primordial Arcana”

Wolves in the Throne Room - Primordial Arcana

The essence of the landscape of the Pacific Northwest has always been one that is deeply romantic, in the traditional sense.  Intense emotions and deep wonder often leave one changed after visiting those wilds, and that is exactly why we fell in love with both the place and the musical scene that emerged from the area.  We adore the folky, atmospheric and entrancing black metal of Cascadia, and fortunately the masters of the style are back with another choice offering.  Grab your cleansing herbs and bottle of red wine, it is time to ready the stage for Wolves in the Throne Room and their latest release Primordial Arcana

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The Nine Circles ov… Wolves in the Throne Room


Since the mid-2000’s, Nathan and Aaron Weaver have been creating some of the most important music in my collection. As one who appreciates black metal for its introspective or meditative qualities, Wolves in the Throne Room have consistently delivered something memorable from one album to the next in both musicianship and lyrical content. It becomes a very personal listening experience and one I take rather seriously. Over five studio albums spanning the past decade, their organically complex take on music resonates with an audience long after the sounds have ended.  Continue reading

Retrospective: Wolves in the Throne Room – “Celestial Lineage”


Certain artists—and specifically, certain albums—withstand the test of time better than others. We all have these—the albums that, no matter how much exploring you’re doing musically, just hold a unique significance that sets them apart from the rest. The ones we can go back to time and again and still discover new levels of appreciation. In my book, Wolves in the Throne Room’s Celestial Lineage is undoubtedly one of them. Since this first found its way into my collection, it’s only increased in importance to me. This isn’t the first time I’ve discussed Celestial Lineage in depth, and it won’t be the last.

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