Some years ago, I reviewed Raum Kingdom’s first album, Everything & Nothing, which really impressed and made me want to see what else was out there in terms of sludgy post-metal. As part of my ongoing metal education, I have listened to many bands that would fall under the label of post-metal, even some out there on the far fringes of the genre. Somewhere along the spectrum of accessibility sits Raum Kingdom, a band whose abrasive sound and inherent bleakness makes me want to jump out of my skin, and their second album, Monarch, truly brings that to fruition.Continue reading
There’s always a challenge writing a piece of music longer than the average length of a pop song for today’s listening audience. According to Vox.com, that average is anywhere from three to five minutes. That average is often run over in metal, where an artist or band stretches out to explore sonic territory, often building off a musical idea or using a through line based around jamming. Case in point: in 2012, She Said Destroy released an almost 30 minute long single track EP titled Bleeding Fiction. 10 years later the band has released a “sequel” in Bleeding Fiction II: Child of Tomorrow. Again, it’s a single track EP though it’s about half the running time of the original. This piece is full of ideas and that’s a bit of a problem. This song sounds like a band that had an EP full songs that mashed them into one sonic collage.
How does one actually begin talking about an album like ETC? I think the most accurate way to sum it up at the top is from one of the rare times the comments section has actually been worth going through, on the official video for “Tsk Tsk Tsk,” the first single God Alone put out. There is a comment that simply reads “This is the worst thing I’ve ever heard 10/10.” While I disagree strongly with the first part of that statement, I can understand what would make someone say something like that, even in jest. ETC is an album that is only going to garner extreme opinions, in both directions.Continue reading
Once again it’s Album of the Month time and for August it was a little crazy. We had a pick, or not, and then had another, or not, then we put it to a vote to decide once and for all. In the end Gnosis from Russian Circles ended up getting the most votes, and for good reason. The usual gang of suspects are present for the discussion as well as MC Supreme Buke. Much is made of just how good Russian Circles’ brand of post-instrumetal still is this far along and elsewhere the gang spends a good portion of the runtime gushing over everything else they listened to since they last got together. That and the usual banter back and forth on literally anything and everything.
In other words, just another episode of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.Continue reading
I keep finding little, unknown gems that seem to oscillate between a liminal, musical space that drifts between sounds. Or, so I keep telling myself as I try to grasp at straws at the multiple facets and textures of Erebe’s debut album, Aeon. An album that spans multiple sounds and atmospheres, Aeon has truly left me wondering whether I have fabricated its elegance or whether it is that poignant in my mind. Let’s discuss.Continue reading