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: Blut Aus Nord – “Deus Salutis Meæ”

Blut Aus Nord - Deus Salutis Meæ

Upon the arrival of each new Blut Aus Nord album there’s a moment of questioning.  What are we getting this time?  Is it the industrial tinges fueled the maelstrom of The Work Which Transforms God?  The progressive leanings of the band’s 777 trilogy of albums?  Or the lean and mean traditional blasts of the Memoria Tretusta series?  Unsurprisingly, the answer is something different, and the results in new album Deus Salutis Meæ are a bit of a mixed bag.    Continue reading

Album Review: Throane – “Plus une main à mordre”

Throane Plus Une Main À Mordre

French black metal act Throane‘s debut album Derrière-nous, la lumière was one of the most criminally underrated releases of last year.  Its swirling eddies of morose guitar and aching vocals entranced me from the first listen, and I was surprised and a little sad to see that it didn’t seem to make many other year end lists except for my own.  Thankfully, the project is releasing a new full-length, Plus une main à mordreand it already stands to up the ante considerably.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Vassafor and Back in Black IPA

Receiving the Evcharist

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: Vassafor’s Malediction and 21st Amendment Brewing’s Back in Black IPA.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 24 – 30, 2017

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Saturday is synonymous around here with new metal but if you’ve been following along you know that already. This week was long and slow so I need this as much as you do, thankfully there’s a multitude to get to this week so let’s get after it. Leading the charge is our favorite Finns, ARCHGOAT, with their quick hitter Eternal Damnation of Christ. Two songs of black metal damnation…what? You’re worried about it only being two songs? It’ll be the best two songs of the week, period. Next up is the heavyweights of noise rock Unsane with Sterilize, it’s been five long years but this bludgeoning is worth the wait. Moving on is the monolithically inclined Monolord with their all killer-no filler doom metal on Rust and closing out the top slots is the wickedly nasty doom/black/death debut Cosmos Comedenti from Antiversum. Just because we’re done with the initial volley doesn’t mean we’re actually finished — far from it. So grab a chair and stay awhile, we have much to explore. Continue reading