Portland, Maine, black metallers Falls of Rauros released their sixth full-length, Key to a Vanishing Future, on March 25. As you may already be aware, Key earned our Album of the Month honors here at Nine Circles, and it represents a tremendous next step in the evolution of a band for which our staff is quickly running out of superlatives.
On the eve of its release, Buke hopped on a call with guitarist Jordan Guerette to discuss a whole multitude of topics: the new album, the process of sonic evolution, simplicity in music… even the simple process of existing as a band during a global pandemic. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety.
Germany’s atmospheric folk metal project Mosaic has announced a new album through Eisenwald. Heimatspuk will be out on all formats on April 22nd. Check out the brand new track, “Wir sind Geister”, to get a sense of what’s coming.
Medieval black metallers (a genre the world needs more of, FYI) Heltekvad have released a new track from their Eisenwald debut, titled “Eder og Hæder”. Morgenrødens Helvedesherre is out on March 25th, and can be purchased here.
And we shall transition into Friday with the new video Desaster for “Learn To Love The Void” because, well, the title of that song is my spirit animal. Give it a watch below. Churches Without Saints dropped last June through Metal Blade.
In case you weren’t aware, I’ll remind you that The Lonely Ones are hitting the road next month, following a couple dates with Sevendust this month. And then they have more dates in April! So yeah, busy first half of 2022 for them. Should be good.
Ceremonial Castings are releasing the 25th anniversary double-album Our Journey Through Forever on February 25th through Eisenwald. To pass a little bit of time, hear the brand new recording of “Immortal Black Art” here.
And we’ll close with the new video from Vincent Crowley for “Masquerade Du Macabre”. That’s taken from the debut album, which dropped back in May through Odium Records.
I don’t think I will ever quite forget the first time I heard Appalachia. It was not my first exposure to Osi and the Jupiter, but it was definitely the moment where everything clicked. That moment specifically was “They Ride Through the Sky on Horse Drawn Chariots,” where I finally realized just how incredibly special their music could be, and just how deeply transcendent of an experience listening to it is. Even though it was only three songs, I did wonder how the next release from the duo would fare in terms of keeping that momentum going. Wonder no more: Stave provides a sturdy bridge that connects the band’s past to the bright future ahead of them.