The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Tribulation was January 2021’s Album of the Month!

Episode 64 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing kicks off 2021 with a bang, as the gang waxes poetic about the latest from Swedish prog/goth/death rock/kitchen sink outfit Tribulation, whose new album Where the Gloom Becomes Sound has folks in a tizzy. Buke again assumes the captains chair and leads the chase with the usual suspects, and introduces newest member of the 9C gang Didrik to the insanity.

Continue reading

Tribulation’s Adam Zaars on their new album “Where the Gloom Becomes Sound,” Jonathan Hultén’s exit and Joseph Tholl’s entry, Adam’s entry into, and fascination with, heavy metal, writing an album in the midst of a pandemic, what 2021 may hold for the band, and so much more!

At this point, Tribulation need zero introduction since they have been a powerhouse of both death metal and gothic metal over the course of four full lengths. And, with Where the Gloom Becomes Sound the band fully cement their gothic meets death metal stance. It’s January but already we’re feeling vibes of “best of 2021” with this album since it truly is their best yet and fully fleshed out album to date. And, that’s saying a lot since any fan of the band would already say they’ve climbed that hill. Such is the power of Tribulation. Head below to get the details of a chat between Buke and guitarist Adam Zaars.

Continue reading

Profile: Laura Vargas of The Inferno Doll

The Inferno Doll

Sacrifice is more than just a follow up EP to The Inferno Doll‘s 2015 full length Dollmination it also continues the story of the main character being possessed by an alter ego with no vision of which one is the enemy. This time out, the character is awakened and summoned by a High Priestess who controls the element of fire and offers a second chance. For this story to play out, the music must match not only the occult at work here but the battle at hand. And it does, in spades. This is dark, gothic metal at its theatrical and evil best. The slow burn enchantment of the title track crashing head first into the gnashing teeth of Land of the Lords shows just how talented vocalist and songwriter Laura Vargas is at bringing this all to successful, albeit dark, fruition. Sacrifice saw digital release back in October and as of this month has seen a physical release. Just behind this particular release we had the chance to pose our Profile questions to Laura in hopes of finding out more about the project and the artist. She opens up with a ton of info so head below to see how it went down.

Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Paradise Lost was May 2020’s Album of the Month!

Episode 44 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing is all about the Album of the Month for May which is Obsidian by veteran UK gothic/death/doom/metal purveyors Paradise Lost. Buke once again captains the episode joined by Vince, Angela, and Ian, who had the pick for the month!
Continue reading

Album Review: Paradise Lost — “Obsidian”

Paradise Lost - Obsidian

Paradise Lost are one of those bands where everyone has their favorite album, and they’re all different from person to person.  Whether it’s Draconian Times or Host or their eponymous debut, The Plague Within, One Second, whatever, it’s hard to argue that there isn’t something to enjoy in the vast scope of their catalogue.  Personally, when I first heard 2018’s Medusa, I was sure that they could not get better than the ultra-heavy kick-in-the-face that album was.  I was wrong.  Obsidian is more than just a follow-up to Medusa.  It’s everything that was good about Medusa turned up to 11. Continue reading