Josh Thieler’s Favorite Releases of 2017

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Its been a long time since I posted anything for Nine Circles. Of all the things 2017 has been for me, it has definitely been the busiest I’ve ever been. I joined more bands, recorded drums / vocals for other bands, art for my bands and other bands, PR for my bands and others, started a record label, and a bunch of other stuff. I miss being more active with Nine Circles but it looks like the current staff has been crushing it!

Anyway, the time has come for year end list. I love reading everyone’s lists and seeing what albums I might have missed or maybe need to check out again. I hope you find some new music in here you will enjoy. Continue reading

Mulligan’s Stew: a Collection of Leftover Releases

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There have been lot of new and awesome albums released in 2017. Unfortunately, a lot of releases get overlooked for coverage by the release date due to limited resources (or interest). These are a collection of releases that for no fault of their own, did not get picked for coverage on their own. That could be because no one knew what they were, no one cared, or we just missed them because we suck. I wanted to take some time and discuss five of these releases. These releases have nothing to do with each other and would probably never be put together other than they unfortunately are all getting reviewed by me. Continue reading

Profile: Luciano of I, Voidhanger records.

 

i voidhanger recordsThere’s no denying that I, Voidhanger is one of the labels that critics and fans alike have to stop and recognize at this point. With a roster that includes Ecferus, Howls of Ebb, Spectral LoreVoidcraeftSkáphe and Dissvarth (to name a few) the label is poised to have a breakout season. With the Italian metal scene exploding lately, we here at Nine Circles wanted to know more about the mysterious Italian man behind this international label. Thus, we sat down with Luciano and banged out short profile for you get familiar. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 11, 2016

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I’m starting this off with a picture of Germany’s Accuser, because there’s not a TON else coming out today — and I’m sure as hell not about to lead with a picture of Killswitch Engage. Who, yes, still exist and who, yes, are also dropping a new album today. Oh well. We’ve also got a new split from Panopticon and Waldgefluster, as well as a reissue from Auroch, so get ready to dig your teeth in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, March 11:
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Album Review: Skáphe – “Skáphe²”

IVR055 - SKA'PHE - Ska'phe²Twenty years ago in metal, “experimental” or “avantgarde” meant anything outside of native metal influences. If you used a time signature other than recognizable 4/4 and 6/8 patterns, you were “experimental.” If you relied more on atmosphere than riffs, you were “avantgarde.” And then there are outfits like international terror-inducers Skáphe. The outfit’s sophomore album, Skáphe², is one of the most challenging pieces of music I’ve encountered in metal in recent memory. Rooted in black/death metal but far outside the genre’s confines, it is a hellish, painful, and supremely dissonant work with very little for listeners to grasp on to. You won’t find any riffs of the year here –– but when it’s finished, you’re in a strange position of being captivated by its power whilst begging for it to stop.  Continue reading