Josh Thieler’s Favorite Releases of 2017

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Its been a long time since I posted anything for Nine Circles. Of all the things 2017 has been for me, it has definitely been the busiest I’ve ever been. I joined more bands, recorded drums / vocals for other bands, art for my bands and other bands, PR for my bands and others, started a record label, and a bunch of other stuff. I miss being more active with Nine Circles but it looks like the current staff has been crushing it!

Anyway, the time has come for year end list. I love reading everyone’s lists and seeing what albums I might have missed or maybe need to check out again. I hope you find some new music in here you will enjoy. Continue reading

Nine Circles Ov… March 2016

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Glasgow Cathedral as photographed by our Dæmoness of Design, Jaci Raia. For more of her beautiful work follow her on Instagram.
March proved to be yet another strong month for 2016 ending the first quarter on a high note. There were some excellent releases. Some larger releases that dropped included a new effort from Cobaltan LP from brutal tech-death outfit Wormed, a sequel from K-X-P, multiple issues from Spazz courtesy of Tankcrimes, a single from Daemona, an LP from Xibalba, a discography for Phobia courtesy of Melotov Records and an LP from the completely redesigned Church of Misery. Below are nine albums, a bunch of EP’s this month, that deserve your attention which you might have missed. As a final note, if you’re into the stoner metal type stuff you might be interested in Blood Ceremony‘s Lord of Misrule.
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Album Review: Irkallian Oracle – “Apollyon”

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Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden no longer means that a band is going to play the classic “Gothenburg” sound. Irkallian Oracle certainly do not. Their brand of dim, gloomy blackened death metal is miles from the melodic death metal sound that made the town so famous. On their second full length Apollyon, the band returns to it’s disgusting roots to belch forth a work of hellish fury and tortured doom. The album is a study in soul oppression and miserable black metal fury sure to leave any listener depressed, disgusted and thoroughly pleased. It’s more akin to Portal or Vassafor than anything you would expect out of Sweden. Continue reading