Falls of Rauros’ Jordan Guerette on “Key to a Vanishing Future,” simplicity in music, and more!

Falls of Rauros

Portland, Maine, black metallers Falls of Rauros released their sixth full-length, Key to a Vanishing Future, on March 25. As you may already be aware, Key earned our Album of the Month honors here at Nine Circles, and it represents a tremendous next step in the evolution of a band for which our staff is quickly running out of superlatives.

On the eve of its release, Buke hopped on a call with guitarist Jordan Guerette to discuss a whole multitude of topics: the new album, the process of sonic evolution, simplicity in music… even the simple process of existing as a band during a global pandemic. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety.

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Join our team! Nine Circles is looking for writers!

Read the title of this post? Then you know what it’s about. Got an eye for the latest happenings in the metal world? We want you. What about a strong voice and something to say about the latest new releases each week? Yep—we want you, too. Or what if you’ve got an idea for a completely different segment we haven’t thought of yet, but that will kick the Internet’s ass six ways to Sunday? Get over here.

An important disclosure right off the bat: we do not currently have the capacity to pay any new writers/staff. Nine Circles is very much a passion project for our staff members. We all have day jobs, and none of us make any money off this site. As such, you won’t be either. (Should we suddenly become a profit-making machine — unlikely, but hey, anything is possible — we will, of course, revisit this.)

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Writing abilityBecause duh.
  • Knowledge of / interest in metal music: Also…duh. It doesn’t matter which particular subgenres you’re into, but you do at least need to be into heavy music.
  • Honest opinions: If you love a band or an album, you belt their praises to anyone who’ll listen; if you hate one, you’ll let the world know exactly where and how it goes astray. In short: you don’t hold back on what you’re passionate about. We don’t mince words and neither should you.
  • A Good Radar ScreenYou keep an eye out for new developments, from both new and established artists and across all subgenres. We cast a pretty wide net here, but sometimes things do get lost in the shuffle. If you can be a reliable extra set of eyes, you’re golden.
  • Enthusiasm: You may not be an expert at writing or podcasting, but you are interested in constantly diving in, learning more, and applying your new knowledge. We didn’t know a damn thing about either of those when we started this thing — and we knew a whole hell of a lot less about the metal scene, period, than we do now — but here we are.
  • Execution: This is key. You might sign up for everyday news updates, or you might opt for a monthly op-ed column—but whatever you do, you commit to a deadline and follow through on it each and every time. While complications do occasionally arise for everyone, you don’t let them become a habit. In short: if you sign up for shit, you make sure to get said shit done.
  • Communication: We handle our assignments through various Google Docs and Sheets, but primarily keep up with each other, share links, talk shit, etc. through our group page on MeWe, a new social network / team coordination hub that’s pretty much the anti-Facebook. Joining this technically wouldn’t be required, but it is greatly appreciated; we’re all friends here — and we wanna get to know you, not just write with you!

Also appreciated but not required? Any kinds of extra “glue” skills that might be good for an enterprising young-ish metal blog. Know your way around a video camera and multimedia storytelling? Holy crap, we want you. Got a knack for web design? Social media? Holy crap, we want you, too. Or, how about podcast editing skills? Holy crap, we want you, too, or three at this point.

Sound like your kind of thing? Awesome. Drop us a line at ninecirclesblog@gmail.com with the subject “Contributor Interest” and tell us about yourself — a quick background, what you’re interested in writing about, the best show(s) you saw last year, you name it. Make sure to attach 2-3 recent samples of your own, original written work. We’re not going to take anyone on sight unseen. (Or word unread, I suppose.)

Not your kind of thing, but know someone whose kind of thing it might be? Send them our way and you’re our new best friend.

Anyway, many thanks for reading and listening so far, and many more thanks in advance for any help on this front. Keep it heavy!

New Blogger Alert – Welcome Ritual Grim!

We’ve got another addition to the Nine Circles family! We’re pleased to introduce our newest contributor: Ritual Grim! Here’s a bit more about Satan’s favorite disciple in his own words:

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Thanks for the kind words, Daniel. You truly are a servant of our dark underlord. And thanks to the staff at Nine Circles for being so welcoming. It’s truly an honor to join such an illustrious team of mortals. Although I will live on long after you are all dead, it will be nice knowing you for the brief time you are on this earth.

Throughout my life, I have brought nothing but desecration, death, disease and suffering to you mortal peoples and, through my posts here at Nine Circles, I hope to “pay it forward,” as you say. I hope to be able to give you a lens through which you can see what it’s like to be a Dæmon in service of our Lord Satan. As you will find out, I not only enjoy torture, death and maiming, I also have a lighter side. I enjoy music, photography and complete and utter loneliness. Looking forward to sharing more on a weekly basis!

Natually, Grim’s going to be taking over our regular “Wake Up and Smell the Satan” series every Friday. On occasion, he may also share his thoughts on some of the more Satanic albums that cross our radar screen. In the meantime, make sure to check out his Tumblr blog and follow him on Twitter. Welcome aboard, Grim!

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 3 (June 6, 2015)

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The guys cover news from Ghost and Sólstafir, then discuss new albums from Paradise Lost, Nekrogoblikon, Clouds Collide and others. PLUS, it’s a soccer sportball extravaganza with news on the deposed emperor of the FIFA thing, Sepp Blatter! (Guys, it’s sports! Play for your team!)

All that and much more in Episode 3, so check it out!

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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 2 (May 29, 2015)

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We’re back for our second full episode! Actually, that’s only partially true; we’re still very much recovering from MDF weekend. I guess you could say we’re…mostly back for our second full episode! And we jump back in with a bang, covering news from Soilwork and Neurosis, as well as some overdue discussion on new releases from Faith No More and Drudkh. (Our man from Holland, Jesse Dolman, joins us to discuss the latter and also shares some exciting news on his website, Black Ivory Tower!)

All that and much more in this week’s episode, so check it out!

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