This past year has seen some of the most exhilarating and emotionally deep metal that I’ve seen in a while, but what about the non-metal side of things? Well, fortunately we’ve had just as many pleasant surprises on that front, and just as much music that will ultimately be talked about for years to come. It bears repeating that I am humbled that I am in the position to be able to talk at length about all of this, and boy there sure is a lot to talk about. From deep, brooding atmosphere to technical wizardry to lo-fi indie glory, polished folk and everything in between, there’s a lot to get into, so strap in as we bring you the very best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent.Continue reading
Chances are if you’re a religious reader of this site, you’ve seen us talk about this album a lot recently, and with good reason. Ols have put out an album that is at the same time haunting, gorgeous, terrifying and totally engrossing with Widma, and even though we’ve already tackled this subject, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grab this promo and throw my own thoughts in the ring. By all means, though, go listen to the album premier. You have no excuses! This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading
I’m out of words for much other than metal at this point. On that note, The Black Dahlia Murder lay down, quite possibly their best in a few years—so. damn. good., dark neofolk OLS mesmerize on their stunning effort, Oranssi Pazuzu put the capital P, B, and M in psychedelic black metal—no surprise to anyone I hope, and since every damn show every-damn-where is cancelled here comes Khemmis with a quick but great live EP that’ll bring back the good times. Tons more to follow so keep reading. Also, please support bands, labels, restaurants, and everything you can and in any way you can and if you can’t, don’t sweat it just hang in there. Continue reading
You may recall that a couple of weeks ago we sampled the latest release from Ols through the video for “W ciemny las”. And today, a week before the official release of Widma, we are thrilled to present a stream of the album, in its entirety, right here. Start to finish, Widma is a dark neofolk masterpiece that will undoubtedly attract fans from all edges of the musical spectrum. Give it a listen for yourself immediately below. Continue reading
Ols, the one-woman dark neofolk project out of Poland, has revealed a haunting new video for “W ciemny las,” serving as the second single taken from the upcoming new album, Widma, out April 17th through Pagan Records. Translating to “Into A Dark Forest,” this song and visual offers an immensely somber and introspective journey, set entirely in the natural environment. Exploring a range of thought and emotion, it is as complex as it is compelling both in sight and sound. Today, Nine Circles is extremely proud to premiere both the track and video.