Album Review: Iapetus – “The Body Cosmic”

Iapetus - The Body Cosmic

It’s hard to stick out in the melodic/progressive death corner of this thing we call metal.  So many bands are cramming so many notes into so many songs it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle.  So knowing what you want out of music is essential to picking through the noise and static.  And Iapetus seem acutely tuned into what I’m looking for in a standout album: The Body Cosmic revels in intricate riff construction that refuses to bow to soulless technicality, instead focusing on melody and song craft to create an epic aural journey that’s a standout for the year. Continue reading

Album “Review”: Wilderun – “Veil of Imagination”

Wilderun - Veil of Imagination

Folks, just a heads up: my thoughts on the new Wilderun album, Veil of Imagination, are gonna get a bit wordy. This is an album that, I’d venture, is basically guaranteed to send a multitude of different thoughts, sensations and emotional responses racing through your head. Put simply, to listen to this album is to feel things. So, while this may ostensibly be a “review” of the album, it’s really my attempt to describe that experience – and as such, will require a bit of rambling.

If that sounds like it’ll be too much of a chore for you, then here’s the gist: Veil of Imagination is an immense piece of work. It’s not an “easy” listen, but it’s an ever-increasingly rewarding one. But more than anything, it’s a reminder of the expansive, cathartic punch music can pack when lightning strikes and a particularly inspired band reaches the peak of its powers.

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Opeth was September 2019’s Album of the Month!

Right at the tail end of the month we bring you our most delayed AOTM yet! Episode 30 of the Nine Circles Audio Thing has the geometry you need, provided it comes in fours, because that’s how many people we have lined up to talk about the Swedish Gods themselves, Opeth and their groove-tacular new observation In Cauda Venenum! The gang tries to put words together to wax on and off about the album and other things as well…in other words, a totally typical Album of the Month selection for September 2019! Continue reading

Profile: Simon Ohlsson of Progress-edelic Metallers Vokonis

Vokonis

Progressive and psychedelic (hence progress-edelic), in metal, can mean varied results that most often lean towards too much effort and not enough payoff, but in the case of Vokonis’ third full length Grasping Time, it means a band that is forward thinking AND top of the class in these particular styles. The album effortlessly meanders between the sensibilities of Ufomammut and the heft of Khemmis without ever being a copy of either on this 45 minutes of sheer bliss – seriously, this album is great and the band finally has a clear and unique identity. On top of that, Grasping Time is their best and tightest effort yet; the songwriting is better and never falls flat, the riffs are huge, the melodies are addictive, and the vocals are pristine with exceptional range. Just ahead of the album’s release we reached out with our set of Profile questions to get the backstory and Simon Ohlsson (guitars, vocals) responded, so head directly below to see how it went down and DO NOT miss this opportunity to grab a copy for yourself – links contained within. Continue reading