Time for another audio thing! In this edition, the group gets together to discuss some of their favorite albums from the first half of the year. (Yes, we’re aware it’s halfway through July. Promptness, thy name is NOT Nine Circles.)
Straight talk: it doesn’t matter how you consume music. Listen any way you want: use the earbuds that came with your phone, $1,000 studio monitors, a sound bar…whatever. If you’re enjoying it, you’re doing it right. I’m not here to tell you you’re doing it wrong. That being said, there is a certain pleasure to be derived from tweaking and upgrading, searching for the right combination that takes the music you love to the next level, shorting your synapses and inducing a synethetic delight. So after numerous discussions with our resident Finn and audiohead Zyklonius I slowly began to improve my at-home listening experience. I invested in a modest pair of planar magnetic headphones and a headphone amp (the ones above, actually: the HIFIMAN HE-400i and the Schiit Magni 3) and took my first steps into the murky world of the metal audiophile. Continue reading
It’s been a minute (awhile actually) since I got out for live music but this weekend ended that unfortunate snap and man oh man was it ever EPIC. And local to me so that was a definite plus. Can’t go into details just yet but I’m halfway through my review of it so stay tuned for that. I will say this though, do not miss the opening acts when these openers pique interest. I repeat, DO NOT MISS THEM. Enough said. New week and a new set of tunes that we collectively jammed on last week so head inside to find that play button and enjoy. Oh, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel here so you never miss a thing. Here’s to a good week ahead, now go and enjoy! Continue reading
Had some much needed downtime this week and, as you might guess, it was grand. Coming home with a full weekend ahead of me just sweetens the pot. And particularly when this week’s new releases are not only exceptional but plentifully so. No more waiting, here we go — Twenty one year death metal vets Lecherous Nocturne are back with their most vicious and darkest album yet, Occultaclysmic and honestly this is the best thing they’ve done since The Age of Miracles Has Passed. Mesarthim seemingly came out of nowhere with The Density Parameter but no surprise here, their blend of cosmic black metal with a heavy dose of atmospherics is amazing. Black Salvation give a class on how to properly vibe on the 70s psych hard rock era while staying fresh and exciting on Uncertainty Is Bliss and if you thought the week couldn’t get any better, Panopticon return with The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (I and II) and it’s all I had hoped for and so much more — atmospheric black metal meets folk and americana and I’m head over heels with this thing after test driving it on a long mountain hike. Fantastic start to the week already but there’s a ton more to get into so have a seat and ENJOY. Continue reading
Ketchup, catsup, catch-up…it’s all the same here at Nine Circles: stuff is constantly falling through the cracks. And while we’ll have our annual quarterly round-up from the crew coming shortly, I’ve got enough albums I’ve been digging over the last few months that devoting a Nine Circles ov… column felt natural. All of the selections below came from my own interest in the band – this isn’t a list of the releases we receive as promos I haven’t had time to review (that list would be immense and frightnening).
So let’s see what’s on the menu… Continue reading