The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Panopticon is April 2018’s Album of the Month!

Austin Lunn released the new Panopticon record, “The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, I & II” on April 6

The Nine Circles Audio Thing is back again! This time out, it’s our album of the month for April 2018, which you’ll already be able to identify if you read the title of the post and the image caption above. If you didn’t, um…if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?

At any rate, April’s album of the month was Panopticon‘s The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, I & II. (Henceforth referred to as “The Scars of Man” because dear lord, what a mouthful.) Dan, Corey, Chris, Vince and Hera got together on Mother’s Day night (“Mother’s Night”?) to discuss Austin Lunn’s latest opus — a two-hour journey through both black metal and, separately, folk and dark Americana.

But what’d we think of it? You’ll have to listen to find out! This is the first in what we hope will be many of these going forward, so hit that “read more” button below, jump on in, and let us know what you think of The Scars of Man! And don’t forget to like, rate and review once we get things up and running on iTunes!  Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Jason Isbell – “To a Band That I Loved”

Jason Isbell

We talk about plenty of metal here at Nine Circles, but we also enjoy music from other genres. “Rainbows in the Dark” is our outlet to explore those other types of sounds and share them with you.

Alabama native Jason Isbell returned with his fifth full-length solo album, Something More Than Free, earlier this month. I’ve been a fan of Isbell for many years, thanks to his work with the Drive By Truckers, various Muscle Shoals session players, and earlier solo tracks like “Decoration Day” and “Goddamned Lonely Love.” While the new album doesn’t quite hit the same peaks as Isbell’s last effort—2013’s Southeastern—it does have its moments. So I’ve decided to focus this Rainbows in the Dark post on one of them, the closer “To a Band That I Loved.” Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: King Dude – “Songs of Flesh & Blood in the Key of Light”

King Dude - Songs Of Flesh And Blood

My first stab at Rainbows in the Dark highlights the folk and Americana artist King Dude, and his latest Satan-tinged release, Songs of Flesh & Blood in the Key of Light. King Dude (real name T.J. Cowgill) is not your regular folkster; he’s cut his teeth in bands like Teen Cthulhu and Book of Black Earth and built up his metal cred. He’s been working under his current moniker since 2005, and now several releases later, the Dude has—at least for me—cemented his place in the Americana, blues and folk landscape. Continue reading

Album Review: Steve Von Till – “A Life Unto Itself”

steve von till a life unto itself

By this point in your musical journey you’ve probably feasted upon and digested at least some of the Neurosis catalog—at least you should have. Thus, you’ve probably heard Steve Von Till‘s voice in some capacity—although unless you’ve listened to his solo albums, you may not have heard it in such a sparse, traditional setting. And even if you’re a fan of his solo work you probably haven’t heard anything this beautiful from him. And “beautiful” is about the only adjective worthy of describing his newest release, A Life Unto Itself—an album rife with equal parts intimacy, swagger and swoon. Continue reading