Boss Keloid’s Ste Arands on “Family the Smiling Thrush,” band and sound evolution, Toto, and much more!

Over the course of, now, five albums with Family the Smiling ThrushBoss Keloid have gone from stoner metal to a progressive metal giant. They defy easy categorization and genre tags by keeping fans, and new listeners, on their toes with an amalgamation of styles and varying degrees of heaviness. To put it plain, no one else is doing what this band is doing, nor has the balls to put themselves out there like they do. And it works, tremendously so. Head inside for an in depth discussion via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Initial Descent: May 30 – June 5, 2021

Fluids
FLUIDS

Alright friends, readers, enemies, and foes; this is the week I’ve been sitting on pins and needles for. And also the week that has lightened my wallet the most via preorders. Take note, homies and homettes. The best current offering for sick and nasty deathgoregrind is Fluids and they are up this week with their third full length of sick and nasty ass tunes to get the juices flowing, resurrecting Massacre by way of a tad more groove and a lot more Floridian swamp ass is Inhuman Condition with their spot on excellent debut, technical metal god Hannes Grossmann is back with another slab of greatness, and progressive doom champions Boss Keloid return for an album that will challenge every thought you have about that genre as well as their previous output aaaand it is amazing. All that and a crap ton more awaits below so get your wallets ready, this is the week you will clean out all the dust in said wallet. Enjoy!

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Initial Descent: June 7 – 13, 2020

Beyond Deth
Beyond Deth

My new favorite thing in the blackened thrash spectrum of metal is Georgia’s Beyond Deth and this week sees the release of their second full length, good for me and good for you since, plainly put, this is my favorite album of this ilk thus far in 2020—definitely do yourself a favor and check it out. Ulthar continue to push the boundaries of death metal far beyond its limits on their second outing, Uprising offer up their second effort of straight forward black metal (smack in the middle of digital and physical releases so get in on it now), and Curse the Son are back with what I call working man’s doom metal—dirty, gritty, fuzzy, and worth every bit of effort spent. Folks, right now we need an escape, any escape, and these top four, along with the remainder of the list below, offer just that. Enjoy. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 5 – 11, 2020

DOOL
Dool (photo courtesy of Nona Limmen)

Well, well, well. We’re all still in this crap. But, at least we’ve got good tunes to ride it out with and this week, there’s no shortage of good to be found. So, let’s do this. Dark metallers Dool return with an absolute stunner (no surprise here, amazing band and amazing music), Akurion uncover all the dark corners in their love letter to death metal and all its wares, Benighted continue their reign of all things insane via grinding death metal, and High Priestess turn doom on its ear with some Pink Floydish twists. Four albums up top and many, many more to go so get to it! Continue reading

Profile: Romain Daut of Psychsters Bright Curse

Bright Curse

On the heels of an unfortunate label debacle and a lineup change or two, France’s Bright Curse have returned with a stunning second full length of doom laden, hazy psych rock. The addition of exotic instruments and longer jam sequences finds the band separating itself from their more rock heavy debut but also with a more mature ability to just let their dreamy sequences go wherever they may lead. Jazz, in particular, is known for that kind of spontaneity and on Time of the Healer Bright Curse show they have much more to offer than just spaced out riffs. The album came out back in May and between then and now we had a chance to ask Romain Daut (guitar, flute, and vocals) our set of Profile questions to which he was very generous in his responses. Head below to see how it went down and grab yourself a copy from the links contained within. Continue reading