The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Pile of Priests on their upcoming album, life during COVID, working with Dan Swanö, 70,000 Tons of Metal, and more!

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Denver’s Pile of Priests have been around since 2009 and have slowly been carving out a name for themselves in the death metal arena. Their first full length Void To Enlightenment saw the band get down and dirty with their own style which traverses tech death but offered so much more than just tech and old school. And now with their second offering Pile of Priests they truly carve their own path in today’s death metal landscape with razor sharp attention to detail and nasty little hooks that set deep. This is an album that will appeal to a broad set of metal and heavy rock fans, it’s broad and diverse without ever losing its vicious edge. So, head below for all the details.
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Album “Review”: Wilderun – “Veil of Imagination”

Wilderun - Veil of Imagination

Folks, just a heads up: my thoughts on the new Wilderun album, Veil of Imagination, are gonna get a bit wordy. This is an album that, I’d venture, is basically guaranteed to send a multitude of different thoughts, sensations and emotional responses racing through your head. Put simply, to listen to this album is to feel things. So, while this may ostensibly be a “review” of the album, it’s really my attempt to describe that experience – and as such, will require a bit of rambling.

If that sounds like it’ll be too much of a chore for you, then here’s the gist: Veil of Imagination is an immense piece of work. It’s not an “easy” listen, but it’s an ever-increasingly rewarding one. But more than anything, it’s a reminder of the expansive, cathartic punch music can pack when lightning strikes and a particularly inspired band reaches the peak of its powers.

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Interview: Insomnium’s Niilo Sevänen on Winter’s Gate, Their Collective Vision and Communicating an Epic Story

Insomnia – Photo Courtesy of Jussi Ratilainen

Finland’s Insomnium began their melodic death metal journey in 1997, have six full length albums to date and later this week will release their seventh, Winter’s Gate. It greatly expands on the quality we’ve come to expect from the band’s work but is also a very sincere effort. Winter’s Gate marks a departure of sorts from the standard album template and goes all in with one 40 minute track. Little doubt it’s a risk but within minutes the grand, epic scope and emotionally driven songwriting proves that the rewards far outweigh the risk. Niilo Sevänen (bass, vocals) was kind enough to answer a few questions about the upcoming album, sticking to the band’s vision, successfully retelling a story through music and much more. See what he had to say after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Witherscape – “The Northern Sanctuary”


Somewhere in the north of Sweden, there is a bed and breakfast . . . from hell! Continue reading