Profile: Joel Violette of Thrawsunblat

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Upon each new release from Canada’s Thrawsunblat, the band are no strangers to multiple coverage opportunities and for good reason; their output is always top-notch. For their latest, IV: Great Brunswick Forest, we recently featured an interview of the band (spoiler: the answers were as wildly entertaining as the surprising acoustic direction of said album) and are still spinning IV regularly around these halls. Joel Violette was kind enough to return once more to answer our set of Profile questions in which we dive into beginnings, Bandcamp, positivity, new material and so much more. If you haven’t heard the album yet, hit the embedded stream and by all means click the links below to get a copy of this album in your hands. Without further delay, head inside to see what Joel had to say. Continue reading

Interview: Joel Violette of Thrawsunblat on “Great Brunswick Forest,” Musical Reinterpretation, and How to Spot a Moose in the Wild

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Over the course of three albums and a handful of EPs, Thrawsunblat have carved a space for themselves in the genre of black metal by integrating the Maritime folk of their home province of New Brunswick, Canada. With their newest album Great Brunswick Forest, which is out October 19, the trio of Joel Violette, Rae Amitay and Keegan MC immerse themselves and their listeners wholeheartedly into that Maritime folk. Careful listeners of the band’s discography should recognize the familiar elements that make Thrawsunblat what it is, and yet this does feel like a big step forward. We reached out to Joel to talk about the creative process for the new album, his fascination with re-interpreting songs and also a bit of Maritime tourism. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 51 (8.25.2018)

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We skipped a week, again. Because things. But we’re back and man, I’m still loving that new art up there. It’s the little things in life that brings joy these days. Anyway, these playlists are sort of like Initial Descent in a way, you might find a song you haven’t heard or a new artist you had no idea about OR you simply use this to pass the time while mowing the lawn or kicking a can. No idea what you do with it but use as you wish. This week we’ve got picks from all over the place: some new some old and some bl…wait. Seriously, it’s another solid bunch that we’ve been jamming since Vol. 50 and it’s long enough to run through a twelve pack, or three, so score. One last thing: I know all of you understand the concept of a comment section so listen to this thing and offer up some picks you would’ve included. Or not, choice is yours.

Either way, have a great rest of the weekend.

– Josh

The Nine Circles Playlist: Vol. 1 (7.24.2017)

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Welcome to yet another week! Reason for excitement for some, and depression for most. Being one to fall into the latter category, I’m happy to introduce a new piece of Nine Circles content that will hopefully lessen the dread that coincides with your first cup of coffee for the week (or your last beer from the weekend). And for the inexplicably happy Monday morning-ers, um, maybe you’ll like this, too? Anyway. Going forward, each Monday we will share a collection of songs that have recently stood out to the curious collection of creatures we call the Nine Circles staff. These songs could be old or new, metal or not, and there is no methodology to the order in which they fall. Each writer will select two or three to feature. We won’t give bother telling you who chose what… because who cares?

Kinda cool right? Instead of forcing you to read several hundred words to figure out what we like, you can kinda just… listen to it. So, without further delay, I give you the inaugural Nine Circles PlaylistContinue reading

Best of 2016: Jonathan Petkau’s List

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Many of you know Jonathan Petkau from his podcast Respectably Loud or his other podcast, which he does with his wife, The X-Hausted Files or from his tireless efforts with the almighty Skulltoaster on Metal Minute or from his black metal project Domestikwom or possibly for keeping the list for MetalBandCampGiftClub nice and tidy. To say Jon is a busy man is an understatement and what I’ve mentioned doesn’t even include Dad duties. So, it is with extreme pleasure and appreciation that we are able to present his Best of 2016 list. Honestly I don’t know where he finds the time to listen to music at all but even the busiest of people need a soundtrack so without further ado, click that continue reading button and jump in. Continue reading