Circle Pit: Albums We Missed Q1, 2019

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I don’t know about you, but 2019 started a little thin and then by the first quarter’s end just exploded all over the good linen like a beast.  This year, more than most, we’ve been a little behind the ball in getting reviews out, but with a lot of new blood coming in I have a feeling that’s going to change soon.  In the meantime we got your quarterly round up right here of all the stuff we wanted to review, should have reviewed, but didn’t.

Until now.  So let’s dive in. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 61 (12.22.2018)

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Who knew when we started this thing that we’d be 61 volumes deep at this point. I don’t know but I do know that we just love it so there’s that. Brother Vince is off swashbuckling somewhere and probably killing his liver just a little bit more than usual so I’ll be your temporary host – miss me? I didn’t think so. Are we having fun reading all the best of 2018 lists yet? Yep, me too. AND, we will be hosting a few more of those in the coming days so stay tuned for that. Be sure to go back and check out what new blood J and Chris had to offer and you just might find something new or something you forgot about but shouldn’t have. After all, that’s the point. Anyway, you came for another loaded playlist and we’re here to be a blessing in that regard so hit the play button below. Oh and Merry Christmas or Merry Tuesday if you don’t celebrate. See you here next week.

– Josh

Second Circle: Vanum and Druid

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In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

In case it hasn’t been apparent in the (holy shit) six months since I started writing for Nine Circles, I love black metal. The scope and variety of tone it can encompass without losing that ineffable quality that qualifies it as “black metal” is amazing to me, and so today’s Second Circle turns its light on Vanum and Druid, two bands working on opposite ends of the spectrum yet still to these old and tinnitus-afflicted ears hewing to the cry of the black. So pancake on that corpsepaint and let’s dig in.    Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 7 (July 5, 2015)

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Happy post-4th-of-July! With Q3 now fully underway, the guys look back at some of their favorite albums from the last three months of the year. (No headlines this week, folks–just right into the #BestofQ2 recap!) Plus, Dan discusses recent concert experiences seeing Royal Thunder and Rush!

All that and much, much more in Episode 7, so check it out!

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Best of Q2: Dan’s List

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It’s funny…up until June, I was kind of ready to declare Q2 a “lost quarter.” We had a handful of decent releases early on in April, but then the well seemed to run a bit dry. It’s not like NOTHING good came out; the gems just weren’t quite dropping at the same rate they’d done during the first three months of the year. Enter June, though, and that all changed. We had Vattnet Viskar. We had Vanum. We had two stellar black metal releases (on the same day!) from Gilead Media, and we had the latest hour-long kick in the ass from the riff lord himself, Matt Pike. All of a sudden, Q2 didn’t look too bad!

Indeed, the last month’s made this recap difficult for a completely different reason than I’d expected. Instead of a shortage of great metal, we ended up with an abundance. I’ve tried my best to whittle it all down to 10 for this list — five favorites and five honorable mentions, all unordered — so here goes nothing:  Continue reading