Nine Circles ov…Stoner and Psych Metal in 2022

Recently I created a new playlist featuring what has fast become my go-to genre when I need to bear down and get some serious groove on: the luscious low-end of stoner rock and metal (Spotify users are welcome to it here; Apple Music users can find it here). Throw some psych elements in and I’m an even happier camper. We don’t feature nearly enough of it her at Nine Circles; all too often the staff are mired in extreme noise and suffocatingly depressive odes to inner turmoil – and that’s perfectly fine…if that’s your thing. Lately it’s not mine; I’d rather get a nasty fuzzed to the heavens riff in my brain accompanied by sweet-ass vocal melodies and anthemic choruses I can shout along to as I air-guitar until my arthritic wrists cry out for reprieve.

So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… let’s highlight some of the boogie down rifftastic stoner and psychedelic rock and metal that’s all the rage in my frontal lobe, shall we?

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Album Review:  Monolord — “Your Time to Shine”

Monolord - Your Time To Shine

Masters of riffs and doomy goodness, Monolord have emerged from the smoke after two years with their latest full-length release Your Time to Shine.  This is most certainly a Monolord album, however, there is some fine-tuning and added finesse making it a unique addition to the band’s discography.  It may even be the best album by the Swedish trio to date.  This dynamic album has everything fans love about Monolord—amazing riffs, sludge distortion, hypnotic doom metal vocals—with added dramatics and wrapped in a crisp production.  Your Time to Shine was created with “liters of coffee, cinnamon buns, and good bad jokes” which can be felt in these five tracks.  Who knew that was the perfect formula for creating stellar doom metal?

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Album Review: Elder — “Omens”

Elder - Omens

Do you like riffs? Do you like riffs so much that you feel like what you should do is interrupt riffs to add more riffs? Have you ever said to yourself “this riff needs more riffage”? Well, if that’s the case, I assume you are already familiar with Elder, but if not, Omens continues their riffy trend with cleaner vocals, more synths, and their signature articulate fuzzy guitar tone. They’ve come a long way from their early stoner doom roots with an album that is refined and masterfully produced.

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Baroness was June 2019’s Album of the Month!

Episode 25! How the hell did we make 25 of these?! It boggles the mind, but not as much as the production choices on Gold & Grey, the latest from Savannah’s rocking sludge merchants Baroness and not coincidentally our Album of the Month selection for June 2019! Continue reading

Album Review: The Dark Red Seed – “Becomes Awake”

The Dark Red Seed - Becomes Awake

Occupying a space somewhere in the dark corners of psychedelia and the snake charming swagger of dark folk lay the heart and bones of The Dark Red Seed, the duo comprised of King Dude guitarist Tosten Larson and engineer Shawn Flemming.  Where King Dude travels the sonic highways of neon bars and the squalor of dim hallways, Tosten and Flemming migrate to more exotic climates, and their debut full length Becomes Awake is an ambitious if slightly mixed offering that works the weirder and spacier it gets.   Continue reading