For a band that consists solely of two members that play a nine string guitar and dual drum kits respectively, Seattle’s Pound make one hell of a sweet racket. Set to release their debut full length, Pound, in July via Silent Pendulum Records this duo will readily lay to rest any doubts of reading a descriptor such as “mathy grind over ridiculous grooves with a pinch of doom and a techy heart.” Yes, there is quite a a lot thrown together here but the seamless way guitarist Ryan Schutte and drummer David Stickney string it all together, cohesive and hypnotic are words that float right to the front of the brain. I’ve said before that an instrumental band absolutely has to give it all to keep attention spans and Pound do this in spades. We recently had the chance to sit down with Ryan armed with our set of Profile questions to find out what makes the band tick and he knocked it out of the park for an extremely interesting read. Check it out below and don’t forget to hit the links and grab a copy for yourself. Continue reading
New York’s Aux Era are a band that staunchly defy easy categorization as they effortlessly saunter between post-metal, post-rock, psychedelic experimentation and emotionally heavy ambience. Comprised of members from Hull, On the Might of Princes and Lost Coves, to name a few, this trio put their heads together on their self-titled debut and came up with five tracks of extremely powerful yet avant garde..ish tracks that ooze through the speakers ever so gently. Yes I am aware of that sounding like a mouthful of what?! But seriously, one listen to this massive roller coaster and you’ll be hooked. The album was released back in February and we recently had the chance to sit down with the band to ask them our set of Profile questions. They were extremely gracious with their answers and offered a ton of insight in regards to their headspace on Aux Era. Head inside to see what they had to say and get wrapped around the stream contained within. Continue reading
The Ever Living — a band that’s been coined with sharing headspace with the likes of Cult of Luna and Isis — will be releasing their debut full length Herephemine on May 4 via Chromism Records. That may still be nearly a month away, but today Nine Circles is excited to premiere the album’s second track, “New Mutiny,” to get you ready for what’s to come.
Dense atmospheres and exceedingly beautiful soundscapes pepper the hour-plus journey here. The London based band garnered many of this album’s themes and ideas while traveling abroad — excess through technology and other means takes on a whole new feel while submersing yourself in the juxtaposing melody and dissonance found throughout Herephemine. A form of post-metal perhaps, but they don’t place themselves within that genre so simply. The album as a whole feels like a sonic exploration of the cinematic kind similar to rock’s early visionaries who were looking for something different and unique. I could go on and on but you need to hear it for yourself. Check it out immediately below. Continue reading
New York’s dark ambient, experimental GRIDFAILURE released their second full length, Irritum, last month on the band’s second anniversary. But in that two year span they’ve amassed quite the catalog of dark and apocalyptic yet challenging releases which all started with the cannibalistic and off kilter nature of debut full length Ensuring the Bloodline Ends Here. After much experimentation, Irritum is an altogether more cohesive mass of noise driven rhythms that illicit an overwhelming sense of dread and paranoia. Tasty stuff to be sure. Today we’re excited to bring you the video premiere of third track “It Feeds On Negative Energy” so head inside to check it out. Continue reading
That’s right, folks…in a few short hours I will be on a plane and getting out of this god forsaken hell hole where it’s already stating to snow AGAIN and heading South for warmer climes, cooler waters, and copious amounts of alcohol – copious in this instance meaning maybe 1-2 drinks since I’m old and sleepy and my liver won’t stand for much more than that at this point.
But fear not! Our lovely editor has made sure I am not forgoing my Nine Circles duties, and has loaded me up with a ton of music to start digesting so when I get back I can get back to sharing what’s hot, what’s not, and what’ll curl your toes with glee or disgust (who am I to judge?). So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I give you a purview of a few things on my radar over the next few weeks. Does this seem like a quick ploy to bang a column out before I leave for vacation? Sure! Does it matter? You be the judge! Continue reading