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

Initial Descent: August 13 – 19, 2017

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Necrolytic Goat Converter

Not sure about you but all this solar eclipse talk is getting old. For the past two to three weeks it’s been all the rage. So, solar eclipse Monday, check it or not. I’ve heard not to look at it unless you want your eyes to pull a Scanners and explode. Ah yes, plenty of new metal to be heard and we have a full plate for you here on Initial Descent. Leading us off this week is our very own Chris Voss and his multi-faceted black metal project Necrolytic Goat Converter with the insanely good and extremely robust Isolated Evolution. Be sure to head inside, listen and SUPPORT! Next up is another wicked good black metal album, Heretical Wisdom, from Void Ritual — Dan Jackson has done a hell of a job on this album so be sure to check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Next up is the debut, Sinister Totem, from Finland’s Shaman Ritual and their combination of tribalistic death metal and jarring black metal will be a long standing favorite here. Closing out the opening spots is Khazzadum with their Tolkien inspired death metal on Plagues Upon Ardawhether you’re into Tolkien or not this is a great album. We’re only four albums in and the end of year contenders are strong but, as always, we have so much more waiting for you inside so go and explore… Continue reading

Album Review: Void Ritual – “Heretical Wisdom”

Void Ritual - Heretical Wisdom

Ambience isn’t just slathering keyboards or reverb on something.  We use it as a shortcut, but really ambience is the evocation of mood, of climate and atmosphere.  Mastering a particular ambience in music is hard: “heavy” isn’t a mood, though millions of headbangers wish it were so.  Throughout his myriad of projects, Dan Jackson has certainly mastered the “heavy” aspects of metal, but with Heretical Wisdom, the debut full length from his black metal hurricane Void Ritual, he also masters evoking the harsh winds and frozen landscapes of winter through a blizzard of classic and true black metal.   Continue reading

Exclusive Stream: Violet Cold – “Lovegaze”

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On July 21st, Violet Cold‘s latest full length album Anomie, will be available as a special edition on vinyl and cassette. It is 100% an opportunity worth jumping on, and if you’re familiar with this project and this album, you already understand why. We’ll get into some of the details about all that a bit later. But for now, we would like to celebrate the approaching July 21st date with a stream of the mesmerizing third track on the album titled “Lovegaze”. Check it out below. Continue reading

Profile: Tony Gallegos of Twingiant

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Twingiant

Arizona’s Twingiant has been around since 2010 and while they may be tagged as stoner or sludge their driving force was to simply “play loud as shit, heavy music.” And over the course of a demo, an EP, two full lengths and a new split with like minded heavy hitters Into the Storm this is exactly what the band has done. Truthfully, tags are tough to pin on Twingiant as they can easily flood your ears with doom and on the very next track flip the script entirely with guitar driven rock-n-roll. The thing that appealed to me is just how grounded the band comes across, it’s that feeling of going into a show not being familiar with all of the acts and coming away with a new favorite artist that consequently stole the whole show. On the heels of their aforementioned split we had the opportunity to ask guitarist Tony Gallegos our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say. Continue reading