The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Opeth was September 2019’s Album of the Month!

Right at the tail end of the month we bring you our most delayed AOTM yet! Episode 30 of the Nine Circles Audio Thing has the geometry you need, provided it comes in fours, because that’s how many people we have lined up to talk about the Swedish Gods themselves, Opeth and their groove-tacular new observation In Cauda Venenum! The gang tries to put words together to wax on and off about the album and other things as well…in other words, a totally typical Album of the Month selection for September 2019! Continue reading

Album Review: Opeth – “In Cauda Venenum”

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

The past is only as dead as we allow it to be.  It may be behind us, but the present reveals echoes and traces that inform the whole of our experience.  It’s been an easy hit to simply cry out that the old Opeth is dead; what remains now is a vague simulacrum, going through the motions in a pale imitation of vague and obscure heroes of yesteryear.  But there’s another view, one where a band sheds its skin but the bones remain, framing a personal and vital change in direction that comes to full blossom with new album In Cauda Venenum.  It’s not just another step in the band’s ongoing evolution, it’s a firm realization of where they want to be.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 22 – 28, 2019

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Creeping Death, photo courtesy of Rahul Raveendran

Expect Halloween talk here for a bit, just FYI. Between Chris kicking off this year’s Hooptober, 3 From Hell, and AHS 1984 starting, the season is off to a killer start (see what I did there?). Those things are all great and as a bonus we’ve got, what might be, the longest list of new metal thus far so let’s jump right in…

Everything’s bigger in Texas, is what they say, and Creeping Death prove it on their full length debut of cracking death metal – don’t miss it folks, just don’t. Opeth return with their next prog filled opus and honestly some old Opeth creeps in but without a doubt, it’s another great album and I can’t wait to see all the “I’M MAD STILL” happen – wait for it…. You want psych metal that’s as retro as it is exceptionally great? The Neptune Power Federation definitely have you covered there and no they’re not a throwback rasslin’ group for those of you with questions. Last up top is everyone’s favorite sludgers, Fister, who cover classic metal tracks in their own wretched way. And it’s fantastic, so get on that. 

Start bingeing bloody horror and vile death metal, ‘tis the season. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 88 (7.20.2019)

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Hello.  It’s me again, your old pal.  You’ll have to excuse my absence, I was off having the time of my life at Fire in the Mountains in Wyoming this past weekend.  Three straight days of camping, music, revelry, and the most glorious nature I’ve experienced in all my life added up to be one of the best weekends I’ve had in as long as I can remember.  More about my experiences there might be coming later on down the line, provided our own Corey Butterworth makes it back from backpacking in the Tetons alive.  But if you’re curious as to what my weekend was like, I included some choice cuts from some of my favorite sets in our weekly roundup playlist; it is Saturday after all, and that’s why we’re here.  Alongside my own picks are some of the best new tracks that this week has given us, plus just about whatever else floats our collective boat.  Tune in, turn the volume up, and get your weekend started right.

– Vincent

CANTO: Opeth, Russian Circles, Immolation, and More

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Oh, what a start to the week it has been. Wait… it’s already Thursday tomorrow? Nevermind.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb