Best of 2017: The Short List – Vincent’s Favorite EP’s and Demos

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As I’ve probably mentioned here before, I love EP’s and demos almost as much as I love full albums.  There’s something about the condensed goodness, coupled with my ever dwindling attention span, that makes me wish these little gems got their own recognition sometimes when it comes to year-end lists.  You have to be the change you want to see in the world though, right?  So here it is then: my list of favorite shorter releases from this year. Continue reading

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

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 6 (8.29.2017)

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Greetings, friends. For consecutive weeks, we are running the playlist a day late because we are disorganized as hell behind the scenes. Just kidding. It’s because we do things with our lives and all of you are pretty low in the priority pecking order. The good news, however, is that we have a whopping 22 delicious tracks to help get you through the next couple hours. I think you know the drill at this point. The YouTube Channel is here. The playlist is below. En. Joy. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist – Sinmara & Misthyrming and Wreck Alley Imperial Stout

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Welcome to another weekend of booze and tunes. This week’s offering is a slight departure for my tenure in this column, in that we will be examining a split between two bands instead of an album by one. The more the merrier though, and I can hardly think of two bands I’d rather spend an evening talking about. Let’s get to it. The Metal: Sinmara and Misthyrming’s Split. The Booze: Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s Wreck Alley Imperial Stout.    Continue reading

Sepulchral Saturday: Naðra – “Allir Vegir Til Glötunar”

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Allir Vegir Til Glötunar is an invocation of destruction, perhaps for when the oceans finally engulf us. Likewise, Allir Vegir Til Glötunar translates to “All paths to oblivion,” according to both the internet and several blogs. I imagine that unless you specialize in pronouncing Icelandic words that you might also have some question about how to say their name, Naðra. A long and tall bearded Viking-friend of mine who is Icelandic says, “it’s Nath-ra, and Na like Narnia.” Continue reading