Album Review:  BongBongBeerWizards — “Ampire”

Combining droning atmospheres, heavy meditational riffs to get lost in, psychedelic soundscapes, and reverberating vocals, BongBongBeerWizards have returned to the sludge doom scene with their third album Ampire, and it is quite possibly their best work yet.  The trio formed in Dortmund in 2017 and they bring an array of sounds to their music with the inclusion of woodwind instruments (flute and saxophone).  This makes for a unique and identifiable sound helping BongBongBeerWizards (in addition to their awesome band name) stand apart and bring something new and intriguing to the table. 

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Album Review:  Cavernlight — “As I Cast Ruin Upon The Lens That Reveals My Every Flaw”

Wisconsin natives and sludge/doom metal lords Cavernlight have returned after five long years with a stellar sophomore release—As I Cast Ruin Upon The Lens That Reveals My Every Flaw.  If you are already familiar with this band, you know that they do not skimp on album titles.  As this release’s poetic title suggests, the album is full of angsty darkness that is sure to appeal to neurodivergent metal fans such as myself.  While the tunes are crushingly heavy, there is a catharsis to it resulting in a beautifully expressive album which will resonate with many listeners.  As I Cast Ruin… brings everything Cavernlight offered in their debut while expanding on soundscapes and programming created movements.  There are no dull moments and many unique compositions to make this album one-of-a-kind and an excellent continuation of the band’s journey.

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Premiere: NOISEPOETNOBODY — “Potential vs Eventual”

Tomorrow, April 15th, the new EP from NOISEPOETNOBODY finally sees the light of day. Released through Scry Recordings, Potential vs Eventual is the latest industrial noise experiment from visionary Casey Chittenden Jones, serving as a tribute to the collapse of the world around us. It’s dense, it’s jarring, and now, sitting a day ahead of its release, Nine Circles is proud to unveil this collection in full immediately below.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Jon Mueller — “Family Secret”

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: one of the reasons I love doing this column is for the chance to get a bigger sense of how different types of music is made.  With metal, it has its moments where the boundaries get pushed, and the genre is certainly no stranger to innovators, but oftentimes you need to go pretty far out there to get into some really creative artistic processes.  Even as far out as we have gone, I have never encountered a process quite as unique as Jon Mueller used on his newest release Family Secret.

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