Boss Keloid’s Ste Arands on “Family the Smiling Thrush,” band and sound evolution, Toto, and much more!

Over the course of, now, five albums with Family the Smiling ThrushBoss Keloid have gone from stoner metal to a progressive metal giant. They defy easy categorization and genre tags by keeping fans, and new listeners, on their toes with an amalgamation of styles and varying degrees of heaviness. To put it plain, no one else is doing what this band is doing, nor has the balls to put themselves out there like they do. And it works, tremendously so. Head inside for an in depth discussion via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Ageless Oblivion’s David Porter on “Suspended Between Earth and Sky,” dissecting a long hiatus, progression of sound, and much more!

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Ageless Oblivion – courtesy of Adam Pegg – Village Fete

Ageless Oblivion just broke a seven year hiatus with the outstanding Suspended Between Earth and Sky. This, their third full length, sees the band’s sound veer further towards the ominously atmospheric side of death metal than their last outing, Penthos. This is an album that is as vicious as it is dark and as dense as it is vast. Put in other words, a truly excellent album for death metal fans and beyond. Head inside for an in depth discussion via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Profile (Sunday Edition): Tom Ridley of Poisonous Birds

Sunday’s are reserved for metal adjacent things that you shouldn’t miss out on. Call it a Rainbows in the Dark Profile edition or Rainbows in the Profile. Either way, the UK’s Poisonous Birds just released a stunning EP, We Can Never Not Be All Of Us, that’s as much electronica as it is lush, cinematic post-rock. However, simple genre tags are rendered useless across these six tracks of highly charged, highly emotional, and extraordinarily detailed art. The title was taken from a Bon Iver podcast in reference to tensions on the Texas border but with current events it has become even more timely. Simply put, this is an EP that not only was born from an important message but also has the power to soothe at a time when we all need it most. We recently had the chance to ask Tom Ridley (vocals, electronics, production) our set of Profile questions so read on below to see how it went down. And, be sure to pick up a copy of the EP from the links contained within.

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: A Forest of Stars was September 2018’s Album of the Month!

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Hey, we’re late again! A little less late than last time, but…still late! Huzzah! Anyway, we’re back with another edition of our Album of the Month series. In this edition, we’ll be chatting about A Forest of Stars and their latest effort, Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes — our album of the month pick for September! Continue reading