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.
Vincent had this month’s pick and joins with Ian, Angela, and Hera while Buke once again helms the show. The gang covers the sixth full length from Falls of Rauros, Key to a Vanishing Future and unlike last month’s pick, most are in agreement that this album is an absolute epic entry in the band’s discography. As usual, the group covers this album at length and talks about nearly every facet of it as well as catching up since last chatting together, bike riding, books, and a lengthy section on what else tripped our triggers in the month of March. Dig in and enjoy.
We’re back, and it feels like Spring is really starting to take a hold. I’ve been re-organizing my vinyl collection the past few days, figuring out just where the hell everything is going to fit and how I’m going to explain to my wife why I need to take over another room before the next stack arrives. First world problems to be sure, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use it to kick off the 225th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, you know?
We’re gonna kick things off with some of the surprises I’ve discovered the last week, starting with new music from Michael Romeo, who brings the heavy prog I crave from Symphony X on his new solo joint. Anton ups the tech factor with some ripping new Inanimate Existence and follows it up with Luminous Vault and Lustmord collaborating with The Ocean. Josh digs into the dank earth of death metal to give light to Analepsy, Visceral Explosion, and Flesh Configuration before shaking things up a bit with Downcross and Real Steel. Vincent goes wide as usual with the newest single from Devil Master, Tzompantli, Falls of Rauros and deep cut from the Pieces of April soundtrack by Stephin Merrit. Hera returns to the playlist and brings Ibaraki, Ghost, Terzij de Horde, Playgrounded, Sadist, and something I’m assuming is called You May Kiss the Bride? I don’t know..it’s heavy though! Next up is Angela bringing some long awaited new music from Meshuggah as well as Frayle, Amenra, and Bhleg. Once again bringing up rear guard is Buke, and he’s chock full of great stuff, from the new Haunt single to some real old classic Opeth, Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse, Autopsy, and finally some truly classic prog in the way of the might Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
On Patterns of Mythology, Falls of Rauros created an album that used both familiarity and wonder to showcase new influences in their already established sound; namely post-metal and blues. It could be said that Patterns showed a band that was willing to step outside their comfort zone and opted to add their own flair to a genre that many consider to be saturated and somewhat dull. With Key To A Vanishing Future, Falls of Rauros have not only added more of these majestic flourishes of sonic influence, but also manage to remain firmly within their little corner of black metal.
Last one of these this week, because apparently I’m flying somewhere tomorrow.
Let’s lead off with some new Wo Fat! The psychedelic doom veterans unveiled an epic new 14-minute single titled “Orphans of the Singe”. Check it out here. That’s taken from their upcoming new album, The Singularity, which drops on May 6th through Ripple Music.
We’re going to close out the day with The Wraith. The video for “Toil” (from 2019’s Gloom Ballet) has surfaced as a tribute to frontman Davey Bales, who sadly passed away a couple months ago. RIP. Give it a watch below.