Rainbows in the Dark: Osi and the Jupiter — “Stave”

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.

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Album Review: Flame, Dear Flame — “Aegis”

Gliding into the metal scene with grace and beauty is German band Flame, Dear Flame with their debut album Aegis.  The band can be labeled as doom metal but holds strong influence from folk music and hard rock.  Containing stellar riffs, atmospheric sounds of nature, acoustic guitar, and enchanting clean vocals, Aegis brings something a little different and magical.  The album is comprised of two suites; “The Millennial Heartbeat” and “The Wolves and the Priorless.”  Each movement stands on its own as a solid song but are best heard together to experience the complete story told in Aegis and the full effect of what Flame, Dear Flame has to offer.

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Album Review: Dornenreich — “Du wilde Liebe sei”

Summer is approaching, which means summoning black metal to the front of my listening queue once again. However, I have decided to opt for something a little calmer than the usual screeching and atmosphere of what I usually go for, and that means softer strains of black metal to start. Now, imagine my surprise when I heard that, after seven long years, Dornenreich were returning with their ninth full-length release, Du wilde Liebe sei (“You, wild love, be”), and I was ecstatic. One of neofolk’s long-standing stalwarts, Dornenreich is a band that oozes both mystery and practicality in their music, and that combination pulls the listener in, showing them the sensuality of neofolk.

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Rainbows in the Dark: god|screaming|breathing — “19-1-2019”

Imagine it: you’re wandering through the Appalachian forests, or maybe the Mohave desert or the ruins of an East Coast metropolis, or wherever the post-apocalypse collapse of the United States has taken you, and you turn on your Pip Boy to listen in to whatever radio frequencies still work.  Amid the static and the garbled transmissions broadcast over the spectrum, you find a lone guitar, gently strumming through some folk chords, not really playing anything intentional, but more for the sake of drawing a peaceful mood amid all the chaos.  That’s exactly what god|screaming|breathing and their newest offering 19-1-2019 is.

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Chris and Dan count down their Non-Metal Favorites of 2020!

With #BestOf2020 coverage having been fully underway here at Nine Circles for a couple of weeks, it’s time for a bit of a breather. Time to crank down the volume, switch off the HM-2 pedal, and talk some non-metal for a change. If you read Ian’s end-of-year Rainbows in the Dark post and thought to yourself, “boy, I sure would like a two-and-a-half-hour audio version of THAT,” well, reader, have I got the post for you!

A little while back — okay, basically a month back now, because I work in a hospital and doing anything productive when I’m not at work has been a tall order this year — fellow non-metal aficionado Chris Voss and I sat down to talk about our favorite stuff from all the other genres that dropped this year. There’s some shoegaze and some folk, some powerful hip-hop and some super-catchy synth pop. We covered as many bases as we could, for a near Buke-sized amount of time.

So if you, too, need a break from all the heavy stuff, jump on in and check it out. If anything strikes your interest, our full lists are included below the episode audio. Maybe some of the stuff that floated our boats will float yours too!

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