The Third Circle of Bandcamp: March 2020 Edition

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How are you all holding up? Is the isolation driving you crazy? Do you miss your friends and family? Are you tired of joggers not maintaining social distance? Regardless, I hope you and yours are well during what can only be described as the biggest event any of us will ever live through. And I do hope we live through it. But enough about what’s happening outside, you are here to have some metal drilled directly into your ear holes! So to the point! Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 121 (3.21.2020)

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Welcome to another Saturday morning playlist. I sincerely hope that if you are a long time reader of this column that this gives you a sense of normalcy in these chaotic times. On deck this week, we have a plethora of brand new singles, from the ever fascinating Oranssi Pazuzu, to a brand new Katatonia track (because we’ve all been looking forward to that one around these parts), to the surprise new Oathbreaker single via its remix by Justin Broadrick’s Jesu. Tune in and treat yourself at the link below.

– Vincent

Album Review: Sutrah — “Aletheia”

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All too often, technical death metal may feel soulless, as if its impressive technicality lacks a pulse. Similarly, progressive strains of death metal may end up meandering without proper direction, impetus or impact. Both styles strive to push the envelope, but frequently fall short. With a new 4-track EP Aletheia, Sutrah shows how all this is done with resounding success and spectacular results. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 112 (1.18.2020)

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We’re back on a regular format today.  No more eulogies from me, thankfully.  Instead, we’ve just got our weekly assortment of whatever great tunes we’ve been jamming.  This week, I throw in some new Cult of Luna, which I enjoyed a lot more than its one hour and twenty minute run time would have had me believe I could, Anton throws in the new single from Sutrah which he’s been gushing about to anyone with ears around these parts, and we have a few picks from a site newcomer who you may or may not be hearing more from very soon…

Until then, enjoy.

– Vincent

 

Best of 2017: Zyklonius’ List

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Another trip around the sun, another stellar year for metal, with a wealth of riveting riffage, pulverizing beats, blood-curdling growls and blazing tremolos. Verily, this is an era of abundance, where it is impossible to stay on top of the deluge of top-shelf metal released every week. Best of all, quality seems to go hand in hand with quantity. If there ever was an antithesis to the contemporary temptation for instant gratification and disposability, every album I included in my mid-year stocktaking exercise ended up on my end-of-year list, having continued to impress and astonish me as time went by, testament to the spectacular songwriting, boundless creativity and killer riff delivery of the bands that conjured up these stunning works of art. And just when I thought things could not get any better, both seasoned veterans and hungry newcomers arrived, bearing gifts of seismic impact. I hope the following releases enrich your life, even if only with a fraction of the effect they had on me. Now, dig in! Continue reading