Memoriam’s Karl Willetts on their new album “Rise To Power” and much more!

Memoriam

One thing is for sure, Memoriam don‘t need us to rekindle their storied history in this band or their members long and legendary careers. Basically, if you don’t know them by now you are on purpose avoiding it…they are just that much a part of death metal. For their fifth album, Rise To Power, it’s all about diversity and varying up the songs just a bit. And no, that doesn’t mean they’ve done a 180. It simply means, they’re building on what they’ve created over the course of the past four albums. Is it heavy? Yes. Still trademark Memoriam? Yes. Better than their previous outings? Our opinion only, but YES. Their sound is as vital to death metal as air and water is for humans to keep living and it only gets better with time. Buke recently sat down with the genre defining vocalist Karl Willetts to discuss the new album, how it came to be, Memoriam’s and its members histories, and a ton more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Chris and Dan K. Recap 2022 in NOT-Metal!

It’s that time of year once again! We don’t have a Rainbows in the Dark post this week, but we do have a Chris and a Dan (Dan K, that is — we’ve got more than one of ’em now!) back for another lengthy conversation about their favorite non-metal releases of 2022. Click on through and check it out!

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Dream Unending was November 2022’s Album of the Month!

Album of the Month time again and for November the winner was Dream Unending’s second full length Song of Salvation. The usual gang of suspects, along with some new blood, join in along with our main man on the mic Buke leading the charge. The gang spends time covering how this album compares to their last and why this one somersaults over their last effort. Elsewhere, the gang spends a good portion of the runtime gushing over everything else they listened to since they last spoke. That and the usual banter back and forth on literally anything and everything.

In other words, just another episode of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Phil “Landphil” Hall of Morbikon on their new album “Ov Mournful Twilight” and much more!

Morbikon
Image courtesy of Marc Birr

Supergroups in extreme metal take on a whole other meaning when it’s comprised of Dave Witte, Mathias “Vreth” Lillmåns, and Phil Hall. Those names are synonymous with some of the best offerings extreme metal has to offer. And now with Morbikon, this supergroup crosses the threshold of 90s era Scandinavian black metal and melodic death metal on their debut Ov Mournful Twilight. To say this album rips would be a gross understatement, but with its membership this should surprise no one. Buke recently spoke to Phil “Landphil” Hall, who handles guitar and bass here, for a wide ranging chat about the band, the album, how it all came to be, and so much more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice and enjoy. 

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Kåre André Sletteberg of In The Woods… on their new album “Diversum” and much more!

In The Woods…

Norway’s In The Woods… have had a much storied trajectory over the spectrum of time since forming in the early 90s. Early on they were black metal to the bone but as many bands have done, they morphed into a progressive rock band with a black metal heart. And it has paid off in spades. One listen to Diversum and it’s clear they have a hard grasp on what it means to age with grace and distinction. It’s an epic journey that begs repeat listens and now that the weather here in the States has turned colder, it’s like a warm blanket and a spiked cup of coffee. Buke recently sat down with guitarist and keyboardist Kåre André Sletteberg to find out more about the band and the album, and as always, a whole lot more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice and enjoy.

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