The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 19 (11.27.2017)

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Tryptophan got you moving slow this morning? Or maybe it’s just because we’ve had a long weekend and now that’s over? Yea, I know it sucks and honestly I, and we, could’ve easily stayed in bed for another solid few hours but we’ve got another week to get underway and before you know it the weekend will be here again. Rah rah right? Look, I’m trying to help so bear with me, or not. Anyway, we’ve got just the thing for those Monday blahs in the form of a playlist of goodies we spent some time with recently. Being that we’re on the 19th volume of this thing, you know the drill by now: subscribe to our YouTube channel here then head inside to see what we got cooking. Enjoy… Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: M83 – “Junk”

If you were alive and conscious throughout the year 2011, chances are, at some point or another, you heard the song “Midnight City” — an infectious dream pop tune from French musician Anthony Gonzalez (a.k.a. M83) that captured the wonder and adventure of his move to Los Angeles. It was one of the best songs of the year, from one of the best albums of the year, and it instantly set up a microscope over Gonzalez’s future output. From a critical standpoint, whatever follow-up material might surface down the road was preemptively put on watch.

Setting aside his soundtrack to the 2013 film, Oblivion, that follow up finally arrived in April 2016, in the form of M83’s seventh studio album, Junk. So how’d the thing hold up under the weight of gargantuan expectations?  Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: The Chemical Brothers – “Born in the Echoes”

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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.

I’ve been meaning to write something about the Chemical Brothers and their newest album, Born in the Echoes, for a couple of weeks now. Alas, other people beat me to the punch in signing up for these Rainbows in the Dark posts — apparently not-metal’s pretty fun to write about too, guys! — and now I’m a bit late. But regardless, the album is an excellent listen — and following the success of 2010’s Further, it gets the duo onto the kind of hot streak they haven’t seen since the 1990s.  Continue reading

The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 40 (February 20, 2015)

It’s time for Episode 40 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, the guys are back with some Horns Up milestones, Corey’s tales from a drunken Presidents’ Day weekend in Portsmouth, and new album reviews for Solium Fatalis, Death Karma and Krakow!

All that and much, much more in Episode 40, so check it out!

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