Album Review: Hallatar – “No Stars Upon The Bridge”

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While Hallatar is a name that may ring unfamiliar and No Stars Upon The Bridge is technically a debut, the minds behind the project are highly respected veterans of their craft. Forged from the music and emotions of Juha Raivio in memory of Aleah Stanbridge, who passed April of last year, No Stars Upon The Bridge is an immense atmospheric doom metal experience inspired by collections of Aleah’s work. Working with Tomi Joutsen of Amorphis and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick, every word and note resonates with personal meaning. As a result, No Stars Upon The Bridge delivers a multi-layered impact on a listener that few albums have managed to accomplish.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 11 (10.2.2017)

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We welcome in October with a bit of a shorted playlist. 11 tracks in total, covering a decent spectrum with an obvious addition of tracks/albums we are looking forward to dropping soon. Halloween season is upon us officially, so we may as well pretend this playlist is in celebration of… something. Alright, I need go work or something. Whatever the hell it is I do. If you want to say hi on the YouTubes, you know where to find usContinue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Amorphis, Decapitated, Khemmis and more!

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Ex-Amorphis bassist Niclas Etelavuori

April 28, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, longtime Amorphis bassist Niclas Etelävuori has left the band, citing not issues with his bandmates, but rather, issues with alleged mismanagement. The band has recruited original bassist Olli-Pekka Laine to fill in for their upcoming summer festival commitments.

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CANTO: Amorphis, Sylosis, Abbath, Helmet, and more

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“Take a look at the trail behind you, this is terrain you know. It might reappear again. Now you stare at the path before you, so tell me what is shown. Decipher eternity.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Nine Circles ov… Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015)

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Well, we made everyone. Or at least… everyone that will also be participating in Maryland Deathfest 2016 festivities. It’s Tuesday, which means I leave for The Land of Nothing and The Wire tomorrow night. And to follow up last week’s recap of MDF 2014, I will now take this opportunity to remind myself and everyone else how amazing MDF 2015 was. Because, without a doubt, it was my best experience at MDF to date.  Continue reading