Nine Circles ov… Enslaved Deep Cuts

If there’s one thing to know about my musical taste, it’s that Enslaved is my all-time favorite band. If Enslaved has one fan then I’m that one, if Enslaved has no fans I am dead, you get the idea. From the early days of lightning fast riffs and blast beats galore to the masterful blending of black and prog metal that has defined (but not constrained) them for over 20 years, and the multilayered ways in which Norse mythology and mysticism present themselves in their lyrics and album concepts, Enslaved encapsulate everything I love about heavy music. Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson prove time and again that the band they founded as teens in 1991 will never compromise or tread the same paths twice, yet always remain consistent. With the release of their sixteenth full-length album Heimdal almost upon us, there’s no better time to revisit nine realms of the Enslaved saga.

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Album Review: In the Woods… — “Diversum”

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If they had done nothing but their seminal 1997 release Omnio, Norway’s In the Woods… would still sit at the table of the genre’s movers and shakers, creating a fresh mix of black metal, doom, folk, and progressive metal that didn’t sound like anyone else at the time. The 17 year gap between albums that led to 2016’s Pure was almost too much to bear, but the wait was worth it, and since then the band has shown it doesn’t intend to let that gap come again, even as members come and go. Latest offering Diversum may feature a new vocalist in Bernt Fjellestad, but the core from 2018’s Cease the Day (reviewed here) remains and the music is just as driving, somber, and heavy as anything the band has released to date.

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Video Premiere: Anova Skyway — “Translucent”

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On July 15, Houston, TX based Anova Skyway will be releasing an EP titled Reset, but today we’re excited to bring you their second single, “Translucent,” in video format. As with their previous releases, this is emotive and explosive progressive metal that is not only engrossing but incredibly memorable. Nine Circles is proud to unveil this video premiere immediately below.

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Monuments’ Mike Maylan on new album “In Stasis,” musical inspirations, and more!

London’s progressive metallers Monuments are on the eve of releasing their fourth full length album, In Stasis, on April 15 and if you’ve been paying attention they’ve come along way since their debut. Their songwriting is more captivating than ever, the band’s performances are better than ever, and to add to it all, they’ve added a technical component here that makes this quite possibly their heaviest release yet.

Just ahead of this album’s release, Buke jumped in the interview machine to chat with drummer Mike Maylan to discuss a multitude of topics: the new album, his and the band’s musical inspirations, injuries and overcoming some major struggles, drumming styles, selling guitar tabs, enjoying music without judgement, and a whole host of other topics. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety.

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Album Review: Voivod – “Synchro Anarchy”

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Nothing can ever quite sound like Voivod. Bands will try to hack into the vibe, the peculiar discordant swing and SF inspired progressive metal meets punk hybrid that is the band’s signature sound, but will ultimately fail. You can never imitate Voivod; you can only try to follow in their wake. And speaking of terrible puns and following their own Wake, here we are with Synchro Anarchy and – surprising no one – the band have once again created a metal classic that stands tall with their back catalog while pushing their twisted progressive meanderings into stranger and stranger territories.

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