Nine Circles ov…Clearing Out the Promo Pile, 2018 Edition

9C ov...Promo Pile

Every leaf that falls from a tree, signaling the beginning of winter and the end of the year feels like it lands as yet another promo I haven’t had a chance to get to yet.  The end of November also marks the time I start flushing out my various end of year lists, creating playlists of contenders and engaging in the massive purge of albums from my computer, releasing albums I’ll never come back to and freeing up precious space on the old hard drive.

But those lost, deserted promos call out to me, begging for another chance to be consumed, to be measured and contemplated.  So think of this edition of Nine Circles ov… as part of the process (or just a cheap sequel to my last post), digging in the dirt for those glints of promise that  – even this late in the year – can change a mind. Continue reading

Album Review: In the Woods… – “Cease the Day”

In the Woods... - Cease the Day

Most bands coming out of an extended period of inactivity are applauded for not missing a beat…in other words, sticking firmly to the formula that worked for them.  If Norway’s In the Woods… had a formula at all, it was moving adventurously forward, mixing death, doom, folk and black metal in a way that didn’t sound like anyone else at the time. Since reuniting and coming back with 2016’s excellent Pure (an album that made both Corey’s and my Best of 2016 lists) the band feels completely revitalized, honing their progressive mix to larger extremes.  New album Cease the Day further refines that sense of exploration in extremes, to fantastic results. Continue reading

Album Review: Into Eternity – “The Sirens”

Into Eternity - Sirens 2018w

The twists and turns Saskatchewan band Into Eternity have taken over the course of their almost 20 year existence would make for a robust article in and of itself.  It’s been 10 long years since their last album but that time was spent building toward a classic return to everything that makes the band great with new album The Sirens, the first with new vocalist Amanda Keirnan.  Hearing any musical ideas put forth by bandleader Tim Roth would be welcome enough, but packaged in some of the strongest songs the band have ever constructed makes their return even more sweet.   Continue reading

Profile: Genre Defying Metallers Wills Dissolve

Wills Dissolve

Texas based Wills Dissolve are on the cusp of releasing their extravagant full length debut The Heaven’s Are Not On Fire… and it’s another shining example of what can be accomplished in the progressive metal arena. I say extravagant for two reasons: one – it’s a concept album based on a devastating meteor shower in 1833 and two – the music contained within is a cohesive amalgam of post-metal, death metal and extremely controlled chaos. They even went as far as making the song titles form a sentence taken from the concept. So yea, extravagant fits the bill nicely. Ahead of the October 26 release date we had a chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so stick around to see what they had to say and hit the links to grab a copy while you’re at it. Continue reading