November 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Dire Peril – “The Extraterrestrial Compendium”

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Taking over the reins of this column has been an experience.  As I dove deeper into the ever-evolving mass that is power metal and its many offshoots, I’ve begun to tap back into those things that made me fall in love with metal when I was a kid.  The deeper narratives and mythologies, the technical prowess, all in favor to the all-mighty chorus – these were the things that shielded a troubled awkward kid growing up afraid and uncertain.  And as my life as a 45-year old man takes another sharp turn to the afraid and uncertain I’ve been leaning hard into those things that provided comfort before.  Since getting the promo for The Extraterrestrial Compendium, the debut full length from power metal super-duo Dire Peril, I’ve been struck with just how effective the album is at balancing grace and power, despite the pedigree behind.  For that and so much more it was a no-brainer it would be the November Power Metal Album of the Month.    Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 57 (11.24.2018)

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I AM THE CAPTAIN NOW.

In less threatening words, hello readers!  You might recognize me as your drinking buddy, who brings you album and beer pairings every Friday that I am not infected with E. Coli.  Since I’ve been focusing on writing shorter reviews for the site this year, I’ve been thinking of more ways I can contribute outside of long-form writing.  Our weekly mixtape is one of my favorite things we’ve added to the site; it’s fun to be able to give our readership a kind of behind the scenes look at what we’re all jamming in our spare time without the necessity of deadlines shaping our listening habits.  So, I staged a coup-de-grace and snatched control of the column away from our editor, but in a nice way that actually helps him, because Josh is a very busy man.  Thanks to him for being gracious in defeat, and to you for reading this.  I hope you find something good to jam out to here, and if not, there’s always next week.  Enjoy Volume 57, friends.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 56 (11.17.2018)

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As I write this I’ve got some furious death metal punching holes in my eardrums and some really freakin’ phenomenal bourbon coating my insides. So, a good Friday…wait, Saturday. I don’t know, it’s late or early – whatever. Anyway, Thanksgiving is closing in which, in the metal and music world in general, means EOY time. Yea, I saw the Decibel thing get blasted because some dope leaked it but I didn’t read ahead to see what they picked – all it really did was remind me that I’ve got to start whittling my own list down and decide on this year’s bounty (it’s a must that I stock my liquor cabinet well). Moving on, we’ve got another stacked playlist in store for you below that, more than likely, features songs that will be attending EOY parties across the globe. But the point to this is these are all songs we’ve been cranking lately and we wanted to share the joy. So, BEHOLD, Vol. 56 awaits…

Enjoy your weekend, Happy Thanksgiving, and we will be seeing you here next week.

– Josh