The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Mo’ynoq was January 2019’s Album of the Month!

We’re back!

There was just too much going on toward the end of 2018, but the Nine Circles gang is 100% committed to bringing you the best in audio content this year…or least consistent audio this year: I don’t want to promise the farm one episode in!  But back we are with another edition of our Album of the Month series kicking things off with the full-length debut Dreaming in a Dead Language from North Carolina black metal outfit Mo’ynoq. Continue reading

Album Review: Graves – “Liturgia da Blasfémia”

graves - liturgia da blasfemia

Anyone else in the mood for primitive, lo-fi black metal?  Graves comes out of Portugal, and their debut album Liturgia da Blasfémia is exactly that.  Thick, cavernous black metal that howls and drools evil all over the carpet when you let it into your house.  Production that sounds like the engineer had tentacles instead of fingers.  But still with just enough clarity that the intent doesn’t get lost in a wash of reverb and candle smoke.  Know what I mean? Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Vessel of Iniquity and Trader Joe’s 2018 Vintage Ale

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Vessel of Iniquity’s Void of Infinite Horror and Trader Joe’s 2018 Vintage Ale.   Continue reading

Album Review: Dødsfall – “Døden Skal Ikke Vente”

dødsfall - døden skal ikke vente

Døden Skal Ikke Vente translates from Norwegian to “Death Must Not Wait” and it’s a good thing 2019 didn’t have to wait for some great black metal to come out, because the latest from Dødsfall is a skin-peeling melodic black metal assault.  After four years of inactivity and the pickup of new drummer Telal, Døden Skal Ikke Vente finds Ishtar (the man, not the Dustin Hoffman/Warren Beatty film, although that would be cool) in a rejuvenated place, with a brighter overall sound that doesn’t diminish the frigid attack of the album. Continue reading

Album Review: Barshasketh – “Barshasketh”

barshasketh - barshasketh

Here’s the thing about black metal, particularly black metal in the vein of the second wave: there’s so much of it.  So if you’re going to play it, or pay homage to it, you’re going to have to do something to stand out because when you get down to it most people are going to be perfectly content to go back to the 5-10 albums that made them love the genre in the first place.  And for about a song and a half the new self titled album from Barshasketh appeared to tread similar ground.  But like the best the genre has to offer, there are strange and sharp hooks on Barshasketh that come out and refuse to let go, resulting in a real grabber of an album as well as a fitting use of the eponymous title. Continue reading