Album Review: Ad Nemori – “Akrateia”

Ad Nemori - Akrateia

When it comes to music, we tend to go for things we already know. Humans are creatures of habit and we enjoy what we like because it’s familiar and it doesn’t require a lot of processing power. After all, it’s easier to listen to an album that we know for sure we are going to like than dedicate time to something that we aren’t sure we are going to enjoy. This was my dilemma with Ad Nemori’s Akrateia, an album that on the surface sounded like something I would enjoy but was hesitant to do so because traditional death metal is not a genre I seek often. However, I enjoy atmosphere on an album — especially when done correctly — so I decided to give this album a go. Continue reading

Album Review: Iapetus – “The Body Cosmic”

Iapetus - The Body Cosmic

It’s hard to stick out in the melodic/progressive death corner of this thing we call metal.  So many bands are cramming so many notes into so many songs it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle.  So knowing what you want out of music is essential to picking through the noise and static.  And Iapetus seem acutely tuned into what I’m looking for in a standout album: The Body Cosmic revels in intricate riff construction that refuses to bow to soulless technicality, instead focusing on melody and song craft to create an epic aural journey that’s a standout for the year. Continue reading

Profile: Melodic Death Metallers The Last Reign

The Last Reign

Last week we featured an early look at The Last Reign’s powerful new EP, Prelude, in which the band offers up three tracks of top shelf melodic death metal yanked straight from the 90s highlight reel. To be clear, it’s not a knockoff nor does it ride any coattails. Instead, it puts an exclamation mark on the melodically epic side of things while leaving just the right amount of heft and harshness so that one facet doesn’t outshine the other. This EP has made a huge impression here at Nine Circles so we reached out with our Profile questions to find out more about the band. Read on to see how it went down and don’t leave without snagging a copy for yourself. Continue reading

EP Premiere: The Last Reign – “Prelude”

The Last Reign - Prelude

If the early 2000s era of melodic death metal and bands such as In Flames and Soilwork bring glee (as they should), New York’s The Last Reign needs to be on your radar. The band formed in 2015 and have a demo and full length under their belts and now are on the eve of a new EP, Prelude. And yes, it is a prelude to an impending second full length which is in the recording process as we speak. With several line up changes over the past couple of years, the band sounds better than ever and, based on these three tracks, are poised for an extraordinary future in the melodeath arena. Today we are thrilled to bring you a full EP Premiere just ahead of its release tomorrow. Head directly below to get your dose of melodeath and proceed to the links contained within to snag a copy for yourself.

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Album Review: In Thousand Lakes – “Evolution”

In Thousand Lakes - Evolution

If a band comes out with a name that reminds you of a country mainly known for its massive metal exports, two things come to mind: a) they’re from that specific country; or b) they’re paying tribute to the country in some way, whether through their instrumentation or through their songwriting. In Thousand Lakes‘ case, a band hailing from Spain, seems to fall into the second category, but they’re also (very pointedly) bringing loads of that sweet Swedish melodeath into the mix on Evolution. Continue reading