The guys highlight studio news from In Flames, Meshuggah and others, then laugh their asses off at Vince Neil and Nicolas Cage for their “fight” outside a Las Vegas hotel. Plus, a chat about new albums from Ihsahn and Deftones, and the return of SPORTS-TALK® to The Nine Circles Podcast!
All that and much, much more in Episode 38, so check it out!
It’s funny: even though I’d marked April 8 on my calendar weeks ago to signify it as “Ihsahn Day,” I somehow completely forgot that the new Deftones album, Gore — which I’ve as excited for if not more excited for — also drops today. Seriously. Didn’t even remember it until I was putting this post together. So yeah! Now I’m officially jacked for today!
It doesn’t stop there, though. We’ve also got a collaborative album from Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas, and new stuff from Geryon, Bog of the Infidel and even everyone’s favorite over-appreciated guitarist, Zakk Wylde! So let’s not waste any more time: here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 8: Continue reading →
“Like a bull in a china shop, but the shelves have all been cleared. A thief in an empty vault, the sheep already sheared. A screen door on a submarine. An eagle with a broken wing. Hope in a dead man’s dream. The sound of a bell that will never ring. You’re just wasting time.”
In an act of ultimate blasphemy, I’m gonna quote the Bible here on Nine Circles real quick: “there is nothing new under the sun.” In a way, it’s a shitty admission. As appreciators, and especially as artists, we want to believe there’s always something new out there waiting to be discovered. We want to find it, capture it, channel it into something that’s ours. If you believe there’s nothing new under the sun, that every original artistic impulse has already been conceived and acted out, then you cede that impulse to your creative forebears. But can that idea not be freeing? If everything worth imagining has already been imagined, then the burden comes off of you to blaze any new trails. You’re free to reinterpret, to reimagine, to outright fucking steal the shit that came before you. And what’s interesting about this notion (or depressing, or really awesome, depending on your viewpoint) is that it sells. We can be sly about this. We can write books that we call “bold retellings” of works written centuries ago. We can be overt about it. We, as Hollywood producers, can say, “What if we just did Die Hard, but in the White House? Or London?” We can say, “this made a lot of money as a comic. Let’s make it a movie.” And that’s the prevailing atmosphere in popular commercial art now.Continue reading →