The guys discuss the recent Ticketmaster class action settlement — and the free tickets to shows absolutely NOBODY wanted to see that were handed out as a result. Plus, news from Decapitated and a recap of a few of our first-half album highlights from 2016!
All that and much, much more in Episode 48, so check it out!
“There lies a beauty behind forbidden wooden doors. A beauty so rare and pure, it would make human eyes bleed and burn… She killed herself in the fall… I am the unmaker, I bring death to the beautiful dawn. With pillor, cold, and a legion of dying angels… I killed myself in the spring…”
“When it’d appear, the dawn of twilight, I felt my rightful way. I was so cold, the blood in me, the dawn, the crystal glow of night. High above, the crystal glow.”
This was teased for a few days, and now we get our big news. Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. This is going to be a MASSIVE back to back festival weekend. The headliners? Equally as massive. Black Sabbath will be headlining day 1.
A few weeks ago, Noisey (everyone’s favorite internet-only police precinct) published this article which posed the question: are music reviews dead? We here at Nine Circles inevitably ended up having some internal dialogue about the relevancy, arrogance and conclusions of the piece. Essentially, the author goes all the way back to Lester Bangs, made popular and somehow lovable despite a history quite contrary by Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s portrayal in Almost Famous. The author supposes that Bangs’ era of journalism is the upper echelon of criticism — and that their superiority has been compromised by the dilution of their voice and sphere of influence as a result of access to blog-style publishing platforms. So this week we tackle that very same question:
From the perspective of both a writer and listener, are albums reviews still relevant?