Interview: Aaron of Falls of Rauros on “Vigilance Perennial,” Sonic Construction, and Musical Identity

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For over a decade Falls of Rauros have taken the folk/black metal template and subtly expanded its scope to encompass a number of musical styles all while maintaining a singular vision. New album Vigilance Perennial feels like the culmination of this musical exploration: a deep, layered tapestry of melody and aggression that isn’t afraid to rely on the strength of its quieter moments to complement the harsher passages. Nine Circles took the time to talk with founding member Aaron Charles about the band’s history, approach to writing, as well as where and how they fit into the black/folk metal tag. Check it out after the jump.   Continue reading

Interview: Dodecad on Influences, Conceptual Themes and the Impact of Noise

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Dodecad

Recently our inbox received an email from a Missouri based band called Dodecad and rather than simply saying who they were and what they play the message went into further particulars. Namely the way they described themselves, things they had read and a chance encounter with Eyehategod’s Dixie Whiskey all served to pique my interest. And the funny thing was they weren’t pushing a new album, in fact their last EP, Growth, came out in 2015. Again, interest piqued. So, I dove in intently and listened to the two EP’s that are currently available and was blown away by their intense mixture of noise rock, sludge and at times mathy song structures. Needless to say in a short 20 plus minute span I became a fan and had to know more (proving that sometimes good things can come by pure chance). I wanted to know just what or who influenced them, more on the concepts behind the cerebral artwork and numeric titles, and the personal impact that noise has had on these individuals and the band itself. As you will see in the band’s responses they were more than gracious with their time and give immense insight into all of this and more. Read on after the jump.

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Profile: Marc Bourgon of Cancelled, Greber

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Marc Bourgon

Marc Bourgon hails from Southern Canada and has been making music in one form or another for many years — as you will read below. His music, whether in Greber or Cancelled is extremely hard to classify which is one reason his output is so magnetic. It contains elements of powerviolence, doom, sludge, ambient and noise — depending on which band you’re listening to — but either way he hangs his hat on no tags. One look at his Bandcamp pages and you’ll get an idea. This week his project Cancelled will be releasing Tenebrific, an EP containing three songs in roughly 16 minutes that can only be described as progressive doom metal. And even that is questionable as the songs stretch out in different levels of heavy doom and horror inspired synth set to some grueling vocals, put plainly it’s an epic journey that is over entirely too soon. This is why the digital gods made a repeat button. Anyway, we got the chance to ask Marc our set of Profile questions so jump in and see what he had to say… Continue reading

Profile: Peter Shallmin of Stench Price

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Stench Price

Peter Shallmin (ESCAPETHECULT, Kamlath) put together an avant-garde grind project called Stench Price featuring members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Paganizer, Putrevore, etc. The project’s self titled EP can best be described as grindcore with offbeat bossa/samba and lounge music unlike anything I have heard before. Once I heard it, I had to know more about the mastermind behind this supergroup of sorts. See what Shallmin had to say after the jump.
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Profile: The Wizard of PILGRIM

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Rhode Island’s Pilgrim are a traditional doom metal fan’s wet dream. Tuning low and playing slow may be the genre’s unofficial catch phrase but this band, thus far, have made a seven year career of finding the heaviest riffs and making them sound larger than life. There has been a lot of progression and different roads taken in doom metal over the years but it’s refreshing when a band takes the original ideals and bends them to their will without losing anything in translation. With two full lengths, two splits and a demo Pilgrim has remained a pure embodiment of traditional and epic doom metal. Just ahead of a March tour with Heavy Temple we asked The Wizard our series of Profile questions, see what he had to say after the jump.

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