Josh Thieler’s Favorite Releases of 2017

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Its been a long time since I posted anything for Nine Circles. Of all the things 2017 has been for me, it has definitely been the busiest I’ve ever been. I joined more bands, recorded drums / vocals for other bands, art for my bands and other bands, PR for my bands and others, started a record label, and a bunch of other stuff. I miss being more active with Nine Circles but it looks like the current staff has been crushing it!

Anyway, the time has come for year end list. I love reading everyone’s lists and seeing what albums I might have missed or maybe need to check out again. I hope you find some new music in here you will enjoy. Continue reading

Album Review: Akhlys – “The Dreaming I”

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Some people—demons, Satan, Naas Alcameth, etc.—just don’t need to sleep. As if being a founding member and multi-instrumentalist in seminal American black metal band Nightbringer wasn’t enough—to say nothing of his work in the trio Bestia Arcana—Alcameth decided to form yet another band, called Akhlys. The name derives from Achlys—the “eternal night” in Greek mythology—which falls over the eyes just before death, and personifies in goddess form both misery and sadness. By his own admission, Alcameth has some truly horrifying dreams, and founded Akhlys as an outlet for those nightmares—an act to “serve as a voice for the muse that arises from the dark lands between death and dreams.” And on the debut LP, The Dreaming I—from the ambient opening to the full sound of his vomitous black metal—he has absolutely achieved that goal. 
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