Sometimes you want those blast beats and cavernous riffs to pound your skull from the inside…and sometimes you just want to float away on layers of keyboards, odd time signatures, and a plethora of instruments you’ve never heard of. ‘Round these extreme parts we tend to only look at progressive music when it’s attached to the word “metal” but there’s been some excellent releases this year where the “prog” takes command of the music and allows its freak flag to shine.
Sometimes they’re not even Opeth.
So for this edition of Nine Circles ov…. I wanted to take a look at 9 prog releases from the Year of Our (Dark) Lord 2019 that have kept me moving in strange waters when I tired of the bludgeon of more extreme music. Continue reading →
I think I only did one of these last week, yeah? Let’s fix that.
I stumbled on this and it seems kind of fun. Ghoul have announced their very own comic book! Well, almost. It’s in the Kickstarter phase right now. And while I have mixed opinions about such a means of accumulating funding, I must admit that some of these perks are pretty cool.
One of my favorite bands going, Insomnium, have announced a North American tour with Omnium Gatherum and Seven Spires. Does this sound familiar? It should. The Insomnium Gatherum tour came through back in 2015, however Niilo had to hang back that time. Not that it matters, this is a can’t-miss show either way. Oh, and they also dropped a new video for “Valediction”. Heart Like A Grave drops on October 4th.
It was an honor joining the Nice Circles team this year. I started a series of posts called A Headbanger’s Journey that I hope to continue into 2018. Late to the party, I bought an absurd amount of music at the end of the year, much of it from the excellent Nine Circles coverage and I’m just now coming up for breath. In 2016 I went back in time to investigate the early death metal classics of the late 80’s/early 90’s and this year, I did the same with classic punk and hardcore. Both of those genres inform my current listening and are reflected in this list. So, let’s see where the rubber hits the road. Continue reading →
Good morning people. Not gonna lie to you, it’s a small miracle I managed to crank this post out this morning. You see, we had probably one of the last best weekends of the season and I certainly took full advantage. So the struggle is very much apparent now that Monday morning has once again rolled around. The fix for that? Another playlist. This one is just as diverse as always and is sure to give the start of your week a bit of a spark. Press play and enjoy, and if you feel so inclined, subscribe to our channel for more of the same over and over again. Continue reading →
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Leading off, Satyricon has revealed the title of its upcoming album: Deep Calleth Upon Deep. It’s the band’s ninth studio record, and will drop September 22 via Napalm Records. You can peep the cover art here.