Drummer, sound engineer, and producer Hannes Grossmann on new album “To Where the Light Retreats,” creative process between solo work and guest slots, TAMA drums, and much more!

Anyone familiar with Epitaph era Necrophagist or Obscura or Alkaloid, to name a few, will undoubtedly be familiar with Hannes Grossmann as he was an integral driving force behind all of it. Beyond drumming, he’s also a sound engineer and producer with a long list of credits under his belt. As if all that wasn’t enough, we’re on the eve of his fourth solo album, To Where the Light Retreats, which promises to be as technical and heavy as anything he’s ever been a part of.  Head inside for an in depth discussion via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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CANTO: Anathema, Dark Tranquillity, Weedeater, and More

How is it only Wednesday?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Obscura, Katatonia, Barishi, and More

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Earth Day… and I’ve been reluctant to go outside all day because work is murdering me. Go figure.

  • Obscura drama is coming right back around again. Steffen Kummerer is flying solo for the time being, as the other 75% of the band bailed to go in a different direction and form a new project called Obsidious. Fun times.
  • Katatonia dropped another track from their upcoming new album, City Burials, which is out on Friday. This one is called “The Winter of our Passing” and I assure you, it is a really good time.
  • Barishi have announced a Facebook Live listening party for their new albumOld Smoke, tomorrow at 5:00 PM EDT. The album itself officially drops on Friday through Season of Mist.
  • 3D music videos are always a good time, so here’s a new one from Abysmal Dawn for “Coerced Evolution”. That track is taken from the recently released Phylogenesis, available through Season of Mist as well.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Tech Death

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Well, it’s been a while since I wrote one of these, but now that I have some time to sit down and write, I decided to talk about another genre near and dear to my heart that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention (unless you are Unique Leader Records, which, in that case, they are doing the Lord’s work).

Last time I wrote something for the column, I finished talking about ten genres in metal that I was introduced to, in addition to adding ten more albums for reference. I also hinted at another genre that I love—I have too many of those—that will be discussed.

Also, the last time I wrote something, I was not under quarantine, so please remember to wash your hands.

Well, it’s time.

As many of you know, I have my favorite genres when it comes to my listening preferences, and I tend to not stray far from that path. However, since my early encounter with them, that genre is a comfort, one that I can reach out to when I need it.

Also, fair warning: I know I tend to hyperbolize a lot of things that have happened to me—because humor is the best medicine to dealing with misery—but make no mistake: they still come back to haunt me when I am feeling down.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 118 (3.01.2020)

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Welcome again to another edition of our mixtape series, coming to you a day late but hopefully not a buck short. This week, Charles had only been listening to Elder it seems, Ian likes fretless bass (no surprise there), and Hera reminds menthat I still have yet to check out the new single from Ulver. I think I’ll go fix that.

– Vincent