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”

voivod - synchro anarchy

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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Wilderun’s Evan Berry on new album “Epigone,” pandemic effects on the album and touring, inability to write short songs, Radiohead, and much more!

Wilderun has long been a favorite of Buke and Nine Circles so at the mention of new album Epigone it was a slam dunk to get vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist, and mandolin player Evan Berry on to chat about all things Epigone. This is the fourth full length from the band and consequently their most fully fleshed out effort and not to mention their, quite possibly, best to date. The band effortlessly weaves black metal, folk, and acoustic bliss with uncanny ease and it’s no wonder we’ve all been head over heels with them since their debut. With that said, jump in for an excellent chat with via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Album Review: Wilderun — “Epigone”

Wilderun - Epigone

First review of 2022 and we certainly are starting things off with a bang.  Veil of Imagination was an album that quite solidly put Wilderun on the map of the uninitiated, rocketed to the top of many year-end lists, and got them almost immediately scooped up by Century Media Records.  Things seemed like they could only go up from there, but, as we’re all painfully aware, life sometimes has other plans for you.  Still, on Epigone, Wilderun manage to take all the pain and heartbreak that comes with the wild ups and downs of the music landscape and the world and turn it into something wildly beautiful.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Cave Bastard and Greater Good

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hi again, after a couple weeks off due to… dumb stuff… I’m back! As a reminder, Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly, but not-at-all-weekly, feature where I consume both a new metal album and usually some form of bougie craft beer. It’s fun, I promise. Mostly for me. My cup of heresy runneth over this week with: Wrath Of The Bastard from Cave Bastard and DDH Pulp Daddy from Greater Good. Do they pair up nicely… read on to find out!

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