The Nine Circles Audio Thing: The Ruins of Beverast was February 2021’s Album of the Month!

Episode 68 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing showcases just how musically polarizing The Ruins of Beverast have been and continue to be on their latest “The Thule Grimoires.” Buke again captains the episode with a handful of the usual suspects in tow as they discuss, argue, and break down the album and the band.

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Album Review: The Ruins of Beverast — “The Thule Grimoires”

The Ruins of Beverast - Thule Grimoires

A friend of mine, who is not largely into metal, asked me the other day what my favorite metal band was. I gave him my usual evasive, yet largely true, response: this is a question with an answer that changes on a day-to-day basis. I love metal so much and am so passionate about so many bands that it can be hard to even attempt anything in the neighborhood of picking a “favorite.” Yet without a doubt, The Ruins of Beverast are a band that consistently ends up on my short list when I do reckon with this topic. When I think about “favorite” bands, I think about bands whose music sticks with you, bands that cultivate a sound that makes them stand out from others, and The Ruins have, over a storied career, come to a point where their sound is unlike any other I have ever heard. Enter The Thule Grimoires, an album that takes this history of wild creativity and continues to push the limits of what its creator, and metal as a whole, is capable of.

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Initial Descent: January 31 – February 6, 2021

Chaos Echœs

You may ask “why feature Chaos Echœs now?” and the answers are: 1) because they are releasing an astounding live soundboard recording from 2018 on glorious vinyl and 2) because they were masters of their craft. Period. Must own situation so go do that now and then finish up here. Other, of note, new releases this week come in the form of entrancing black metal from The Ruins of Beverast, upbeat folk metal from Korpiklaani, and epic post-metal from Cult of Luna—it’s an EP so maybe half epic? All that and much more directly below.

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Initial Descent: November 15 – 21, 2020

Tombs

Monday. A chance at a new week, new beginnings, or just more of the same. You decide. It’s all about perspective, I guess. Anyway, for new metals this week we’ve got Tombs who return with a gritty and extreme triumph over their last effort, Fuck the Facts astonish with their intense yet moody grindcore, Nader Sadek stay at the top of death metal even with an EP, and Stormkeep stoke the medieval black metal fires with some high horsepower members (do your research). 2020 will be gone before you know it but it appears we’ll be riding it out with quality releases so dig in below and find a new favorite.

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Initial Descent: March 15 – 21, 2020

Hyborian
Hyborian

Look here, it got real out there so everyone please stay safe and well and virus free. And stop HOARDING every damn thing in site. You know the family down the street barely making it by? Yea, that’s the one you’re hurting by being a dick and selling toilet paper and hand sanitizer for 10x face value. I don’t mean YOU, dear reader. Unless YOU have done this. Shame, for shame. Anyway, metal will keep you sane if ordered in the house so let’s get to this week’s list. Kansas City’s answer to damn near perfect sludge by way of hard hitting metal, Hyborian, are back and better than ever, Neck of the Woods show that being slightly progressive with a hint of metalcore and a lot of death metal can be a great thing when done right, Sweven — offshoot of Morbus Chron — have a debut album on tap that forces you to hear death metal through a partially acoustic lens, and it’s AMAZEBALLS, and Lucifer still rock in all the right occultish, 70s inspired, metal ways. Stay safe, well, and loaded with metal. Continue reading