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

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 17 (11.13.2017)

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Good morning all, hope that monster size cup of coffee is treating you right so far. Plenty of the same happening here and the eyes are finally losing their weekend glaze. I hit up Primitive Man and Bell Witch over the weekend, the ears are still ringing but it hurts so good — you all know that feeling very well I’m sure. More to come on that at a later date but for now we must fill your ears with the goodness we, collectively, were listening to last week and consequently help those of you who don’t drink coffee. Consider it a pick me up, you’re welcome. Anyway, subscribe to our You Tube channel here and head inside for your Monday morning blast. Continue reading

Album Review: Urzeit – “Anmoksha”

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The Pacific Northwest seems to have no limit to the amount of talented artists it spawns, particularly when it comes to the realm of black metal. One such act is Portland’s Urzeit, who have just released their first full length, Anmoksha. Having been a fan of the band since their 2014 compilation tape Die Geschichte bisher (one of the first cassettes I have ever owned) it is my pleasure to bring you my thoughts on this outstanding album. Continue reading

Album Review: Triumvir Foul – “An Oath of Blood and Fire”

With their debut demo, An Oath of Blood and Fire, Portland death metal duo Triumvir Foul gives us many things: an abundance of thick, grimy guitar riffs; some of the rawest, most gutteral OSDM vocals you’ll hear this year; and, most importantly, a successful combination of these elements into a short and taut package. (Yes, technically the expression is “short and sweet,” but “sweet” doesn’t really apply here. Triumvir Foul doesn’t use the word “sweet.” Triumvir Foul has probably never even heard the word “sweet” before.) Accordingly, we’ll keep this assessment similarly short and taut: An Oath of Blood and Fire, simply put, kicks ass. Continue reading