Profile: Toronto’s Heavy Rockers Pterodactyl Problems

Pterodactyl Problems

Toronto’s heavy rock/alt-metal/punksters Pterodactyl Problems will be releasing their debut full length, Esoteric Hobbies, next week and it’s a kitchen sink approach that actually works. Having traditional metal, riff driven heavy rock, amazing indie folk and good time punk-rock on the same album sounds like way too much going on but the way this group puts it all together is an extremely fun ride – one that constantly gives up new things and is never, EVER comfortable staying in the same place very long. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band to get a bit of a backstory so read on to see how it went down. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Panopticon is April 2018’s Album of the Month!

Austin Lunn released the new Panopticon record, “The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, I & II” on April 6

The Nine Circles Audio Thing is back again! This time out, it’s our album of the month for April 2018, which you’ll already be able to identify if you read the title of the post and the image caption above. If you didn’t, um…if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?

At any rate, April’s album of the month was Panopticon‘s The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, I & II. (Henceforth referred to as “The Scars of Man” because dear lord, what a mouthful.) Dan, Corey, Chris, Vince and Hera got together on Mother’s Day night (“Mother’s Night”?) to discuss Austin Lunn’s latest opus — a two-hour journey through both black metal and, separately, folk and dark Americana.

But what’d we think of it? You’ll have to listen to find out! This is the first in what we hope will be many of these going forward, so hit that “read more” button below, jump on in, and let us know what you think of The Scars of Man! And don’t forget to like, rate and review once we get things up and running on iTunes!  Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Frank Turner’s “Be More Kind”

Frank Turner Be More Kind album art

I know, I know. I’m writing about something that isn’t metal — what a shocker. At this point, me writing about not-metal is like Willem Dafoe playing a crazy person in a movie, or LeBron James going HAM in the playoffs — like, why would you expect anything else? Well, yeah…so far this year, metal as a whole hasn’t quite done it for me yet. (With some exceptions, of course.) But you know what has done it for me? This new Frank Turner album, Be More Kind, which dropped on Friday. So, let’s jump in. Continue reading

Album Review: Myrkur – Mausoleum


I don’t make it a secret that my personal tastes veer towards the “more is more” school of aesthetics. That which is grimy, filthy, and dangerous should be very much so and that which is lush, beautiful, and decorative should be positively overwhelming. All of this puts me in a strange place when considering the work of Myrkur, the bizarrely controversial metal project of Danish musician Amalie Bruun. Her 2015 full-length album, M, garnered no small amount of attention as being “the next evolution of black metal,” always a dangerous marketing tactic given the anti-modernist stance of that particular genre. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Profile Edition – Trestan Matel


While Nine Circles is naturally geared toward the heavier musical happenings around the world, we have traditionally chosen Sunday to cast a wider net. Normally, this has simply been in the form of a review of an album that caught our attention external from our standard periphery. This Sunday, however, rather than review another album, we instead are proud to feature up and coming musician Trestan Matel. Originally based in New Hampshire, Trestan now works out of greater Los Angeles. His music is best defined as indie, with significant rock and folk influences. His debut album, Little Whiles, dropped last May and he recently released a new music video for the song “From Afar”, which I have linked below. He’s also a genius and a human of the world. To that point, Trestan was gracious enough to answer our series of profile questions, so check out his responses after the jump while spinning his debut over at Bandcamp (also linked after the jump). Continue reading