The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Panopticon is April 2018’s Album of the Month!

Austin Lunn released the new Panopticon record, “The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, I & II” on April 6

The Nine Circles Audio Thing is back again! This time out, it’s our album of the month for April 2018, which you’ll already be able to identify if you read the title of the post and the image caption above. If you didn’t, um…if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?

At any rate, April’s album of the month was Panopticon‘s The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, I & II. (Henceforth referred to as “The Scars of Man” because dear lord, what a mouthful.) Dan, Corey, Chris, Vince and Hera got together on Mother’s Day night (“Mother’s Night”?) to discuss Austin Lunn’s latest opus — a two-hour journey through both black metal and, separately, folk and dark Americana.

But what’d we think of it? You’ll have to listen to find out! This is the first in what we hope will be many of these going forward, so hit that “read more” button below, jump on in, and let us know what you think of The Scars of Man! And don’t forget to like, rate and review once we get things up and running on iTunes!  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PODCAST YAY!

That’s right, folks — four years ago today, Dan and Corey registered the first email address for Nine Circles (then known as Horns Up…oof…) and started us off on this crazy adventure through which we’ve come to become, erm…somewhat positive contributors to the metal blogosphere? I guess?

SO, to celebrate, the two founders — plus current editors / writers / life-signer-awayers extraordinaire Josh Stewart and Chris Voss — got together and recorded a special birthday audio thing. We took a look back at the blog’s origins, assessed where we are now, and put forth some ideas for the future that we’re all pretty excited about. That’s all after the jump, so click on through and give it a listen! Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: A Group Review of Couch Slut’s “Contempt”

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As y’all know, we here at Nine Circles were pretty big fans of Couch Slut‘s first album, My Life as a Woman. (Or maybe you didn’t know that, I dunno.) Either way, that album — released just under three years ago on the now-defunct Handshake Inc. label — established the band, and vocalist Megan Osztrosits in particular, as a filthy, aggressive force in the New York scene and beyond. (Certainly in our Bandcamp collections, that’s for sure.)  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: a chat with Steve and Enrique from Crypt Sermon!

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Drummer Enrique Sagarnaga (left) and guitarist Steve Jansson (second from right) join Dan for a chat on the Nine Circles Audio Thing!

It’s been a fun couple of years for Crypt Sermon. A well-received (and terrific) debut album, an appearance at last year’s Maryland Deathfest, an absolutely stellar interpretation of Mayhem‘s “De Mysteriis dom Sathanas” as part of Decibel’s flexi series…the Philadelphia epic doomers have certainly covered some ground.

With a new album in the works and a trip to France to play at next weekend’s Hellfest, guitarist Steve Jansson and drummer Enrique Sagarnaga took some time out of their busy schedules to chat with Dan about…well, all manner of things: how they’ve grown into the doom genre, close encounters with Dave Mustaine at the Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in Philly, how that Mayhem cover came about, and more. Check out the full conversation after the jump!  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Frank S. Talks Some Power Metal!

Yyyyyep! That’s what we’re calling this thing now! What we’ve got for you today isn’t really a podcast, because it’s not part of an RSS feed, and thus not automatically delivered to your podcasting apps. It’s kind of an interview / review in one, I guess? Yes. But nobody wants to call it that, so hence, you’re getting The Nine Circles Audio Thing and dammit, you’re gonna like it.

No, really, you are; we’ve got an awesome chat with power metal guru and Nine Circles contributor Frank Santorelli! Frank took a break from his busy schedule — the dude’s prepping for a move to Italy!! — to discuss two recent power metal albums that crossed his earholes: Aldaria‘s Land of Light and Astral Doors‘ Black Eyed Children. Call it an “Ask the Expert” discussion, if you will? Or don’t; I don’t really care. But check it out either way! Continue reading