Best of 2017: Corey’s List

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2017 was an interesting year. While the trend of decreased album coverage continued to pave the way for increased show coverage, I still managed to get my hands on several dozen records that left an impact with me. Naturally, trimming that population down to my Best of 2017 list was daunting as any preceding year. While we did see some familiar names return with impressive new work over the past twelve months, my personal listening experience arguably covered more ground than ever. This theme was undoubtedly tied to the aforementioned increased time spent on the live setting. I was exposed to artists and styles I was previously unfamiliar with (there’s a reason I rarely skip openers). Of course, this meant that I missed some albums I was told I simply couldn’t. But in return, 2017 ended up being one of the more important years I’ve had in covering music. The live performance has a crucial impact on how an audience reacts to an artist, and that, at least in part, explains how I came up with the list below. Continue reading

CANTO: Insomnium, Summoner’s Circle, Horn, and More


11/8/2017. Whatever.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist: Vol. 2 (7.31.2017)


Happy Monday, everyone! Welcome to the second volume of our playlist series. Once again, the team is pumped to bring you a collection of tracks that we have been listening to over the past week. It’s been a busy few weeks and it’s only going to get more hectic as we move through what is (already) the climax of the summer, so we’re going to keep this introduction short and sweet. Here’s to hoping you enjoy our sampling and that it makes the start of another week a little more tolerable! Continue reading

Best of Q4: Corey’s List

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And here we are. Just a handful of days stand between us and the end of 2015. But before we usher in the new year by wrapping up the best from this current year, we are still faced with the task of revisiting the last three months. Analyzing albums that drop in the final quarter of a given year can always be a tricky task. Sometimes it just simply isn’t enough time for an album to develop with an audience enough to warrant any year-end recognition. Despite that, 2014 saw a number of impressive releases in the final months. 2015 has proven to be no different. Continue reading