Ketchup, catsup, catch-up…it’s all the same here at Nine Circles: stuff is constantly falling through the cracks. And while we’ll have our annual quarterly round-up from the crew coming shortly, I’ve got enough albums I’ve been digging over the last few months that devoting a Nine Circles ov… column felt natural. All of the selections below came from my own interest in the band – this isn’t a list of the releases we receive as promos I haven’t had time to review (that list would be immense and frightnening).
These profiles are a great opportunity to get to know artists that you may or may not be familiar with. Furthermore, these artists may be only somewhat related to metal (usually by association). Today we have a special treat in store with multi-instrumentalist Kelly Moran. Moran has just released her fourth full length album, Optimist, an expansive journey into what can be done with piano, synth and atmosphere. Optimist is solely from her own making, making all successes wholly attributable to Moran herself. We recently had the opportunity to ask Moran our set of profile questions so read on to find out more about this extremely talented artist. Continue reading →