The Nine Circles ov…How I Became a Synthwave Fan

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After what feels like an eternity in the “development” stage — damn you, nursing school! — we’ve finally gotten our Retrocution column going here at Nine Circles. And damn, does that feel killer. I’ve gotten to a point in my music listenerdom where I’m listening to as much of this stuff as I do metal, if not more — and my attempt to build out this column certainly isn’t going to change that trend.

But, one thing said attempt has done is, it’s gotten me to look back at exactly how I got into this stuff. For a long time, I couldn’t — or never really tried to — pinpoint that. If asked why / how I got into the genre, I’d give a generic answer about “the aesthetics” or something, and just shift the topic to the genre’s latest offerings. And to be fair, “the aesthetics” are certainly part of the equation — but the music is the truly important part, and I’d never given any real thought to my foundations on that side.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 8 (9.12.2017)

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Greetings once again. It’s been a rough weekend for a lot of people and there’s a lot to do in the coming weeks and months so here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery on all fronts. Irma was mostly a wind and rain event for us, meaning: tress down and power outages so we skated by. Anyway, we have another fantastic playlist in store for you featuring, as usual, a broad spectrum of artists and genres. Think of this as your Tuesday pick me up, or whatever. Give it a listen below and revisit some of our previous playlists while you’re at it. Let’s get to it, shall we… Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Behemoth, Exodus, Fear Factory and more!

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May 9, 2017

Good morning. It’s been a minute. But now that school and final exams are done for the semester, it’s time, once again, to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off with something I know will make our Literati Overlord happy, Behemoth frontman Nergal revealed that the band has started writing the follow-up to 2014’s The Satanist. Unfortunately, we’ll likely have to wait ’til late 2018 to hear it.

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Interview: Perturbator’s James Kent on “The Uncanny Valley,” the synthwave / metal overlap and more

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James Kent of Perturbator (Image courtesy of the artist)

It’s been a little less than three months since James Kent — better known under the pseudonym Perturbator — released his newest album, The Uncanny Valley. In that time, the album’s staked its claim as one of the synthwave maestro’s best releases to date — not that it needed that long to do so, though. Underneath the neon-drenched cyberpunk facade, there’s a darkness to the album — to all Perturbator releases, really — that keeps earning Kent new fans within the metal community. We sent him some questions about his crossover appeal, The Uncanny Valley and the growth of synthwave in general. Here’s what he had to say:

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Initial Descent: May 6, 2016

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It has rained every single damn day this week. Which, really, is just what I need less than two weeks removed from a breakup. Good job, universe! Oh well, May’s upon us. There’s no way it won’t improve upon April from a lifeical standpoint, but it may also do so from a metallic perspective as well. Quite a bit to look forward to over the next 25 days.

That starts today, with new stuff from U.K. death crew Grave Miasma, who release their gnarly new EP, Endless Pilgrimage. I’ll have a full review of that thing up early next week, but as a pre-emptive TL;DR — it’s worth your time. We’ve also got new albums from AlaricVektor…hell, even one from not-metal-but-yes-awesome synthwave mainstay Perturbator. It’s a solid week, so let’s jump in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, May 6:
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