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

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 8 (9.12.2017)

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Greetings once again. It’s been a rough weekend for a lot of people and there’s a lot to do in the coming weeks and months so here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery on all fronts. Irma was mostly a wind and rain event for us, meaning: tress down and power outages so we skated by. Anyway, we have another fantastic playlist in store for you featuring, as usual, a broad spectrum of artists and genres. Think of this as your Tuesday pick me up, or whatever. Give it a listen below and revisit some of our previous playlists while you’re at it. Let’s get to it, shall we… Continue reading

Best of 2016: Josh Thieler’s List

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My name is Josh Thieler. I love music. I love metal. I love lists. I say many things about metal music that I love in list form below. You know what this is. I don’t need an introduction paragraph. Continue reading

Album Review: Cough – “Still They Pray”

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Cough’s Still They Pray will sound familiar to fans of sludgey, doomy music. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Cough plays a style of metal that resists wild experimentation and rewards consistency. It’s difficult, after all, for a band to write slow, dreary songs that aren’t boring; or to play loosely and nimbly and be crushingly heavy; or to wring something vital out of a sound that many others have visited and re-visited since the days of Black Sabbath. Cough does all these things, and quite well. This album is so absorbing that you won’t care if other bands can do these things, too. Continue reading

Album Review: Diavolos – “You Lived, Now Die”

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These days people get so damn serious that they forget metal is supposed to be fun. Music is our escape. The one time that we don’t have to worry about terrorism, crises and other issues. Thankfully, Diavolos is here to bring us some straight forward, fun old school death metal that will help us forget about all our worries and anxieties. With their debut LP, You Lived, Now Die Diavolos have created a fun, head-bopping tribute to the heroes of the old school. Knowing who you are and what you want to accomplish is an unbeatable character trait and Diavolos have both with their shameless worship of the altars of death metal. Continue reading