Album Review:  DROTT — “Orcus”

Ready for something different, otherworldly, fresh and new?  Let me tell you about DROTT and this three-man band’s first full length release Orcus.  The band hails from Bergen in the west coast of Norway and is inspired by nature, superstition, and spirituality.  The album title is after Orcus, god of the underworld, punisher of broken oaths.  While this namesake brings dark themes and undertones, the feel of the album is not as heavy as one might think.  Musical style influences include metal, progressive rock, jazz, folk, classical and each influence can be detected throughout these compositions.  This makes it hard to classify the release, but I think part of the beauty of the album is that it does not NEED to be classified since it does not fit perfectly into any box and brings a little something for everyone.

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Scholar of the First Sin: Hera’s Best of 2020

Best of 2020

If you remember from last year, I had this to say as I closed my 2019 EOY list:

In the meantime, 2020 looks to be tumultuous as well, but things are looking up, as I have music to look forward to and scream about at some point. Maybe, at the end of the year, I can tell you if I have succeeded in making more selective choices in music.

2020 gave us a roundhouse kick to the collective bollocks, didn’t it? In my case, it kicked me in the face and didn’t let me listen to anything – this pandemic has been bad for my mental health, and it didn’t help that grad school has continued to essentially take all my time and joy away from me. After September of this year, I just went off the radar musically and I found – much to my detriment – that I could only listen to albums I had originally invested a lot of time in. As such, my favorite albums this year are all touchstones of comfort, albums that I enjoyed heavily throughout the year. However, there is an album that made its way through these touchstones and was able to move to a spot that I didn’t think it would reach.

Welcome back to the pit of despair that has exacerbated my depression EOY list season!

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 149 (10.3.2020)

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Welcome back one and all to another weekly mixtape installment. On deck this Saturday (uh, Sunday…sorry!) morning, we have a smattering of Ulver for you, some Sun Kil Moon, an appropriately themed cut from Siouxsie and the Banshees, plus a ton more at the link below. Thanks as always for tuning in.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 146 (9.12.2020)

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Welcome again to our Saturday morning playlist series. This week, we’ve got a truckload of good death metal for you including a new single from Dark Tranquillity, some prog/folk/rock courtesy of Little Tybee, and some classic Beastie Boys for good measure. All this and more of what we’ve been listening to in our off hours down below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 120 (3.14.2020)

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Welcome to another Saturday mixtape series. This week, Josh has you covered with all the new death metal singles dropped this week plus Wailin’ Storms’ gothy noise rock for good measure, Ian drops a few names I haven’t thought about in a hot minute, and I will be providing you with the 14 minute bummer jams as my brand dictates. Turn on, tune in, and drop out at the link below.

– Vincent