And finally, we will end things with Wilderun performing a quarantine version of “Hope & Shadow”, a track taken from Sleep at the Edge of the Earth. At this point, I’m fairly certain that band can do no wrong.
This is my fourth End of Year List for Nine Circles, and the more the music changes, the more the sentiment stays the same. With each new dance partner our hands clasp; our eyes lock and I see and hear and ask the same thing: What does this do for me? What does it mean? Why this, and not something else?
I tried to spend this year answering those questions, particularly the last one. In a year where I finally acknowledged that – while still important and cherished – metal was no longer the driving musical force in my life, I wanted to understand why the metal that I was drawn to impacted me. What was it about the way this riff, or that vocal line, or that lyric touched me in a way maybe some other song, track, or album didn’t? Continue reading →
We’re coming at you a little later than usual today because I’m a goof, but better late than never, right? Welcome back to another edition of the Nine Circles weekly mixtape. Today, we’ve got an extremely full house with respect to staff picks, and quite a diverse set of tunes queued up. There’s a little something for every taste in there today, so without further ado, dive right in. And hey, happy Saturday.
Folks, just a heads up: my thoughts on the new Wilderun album, Veil of Imagination, are gonna get a bit wordy. This is an album that, I’d venture, is basically guaranteed to send a multitude of different thoughts, sensations and emotional responses racing through your head. Put simply, to listen to this album is to feel things. So, while this may ostensibly be a “review” of the album, it’s really my attempt to describe that experience – and as such, will require a bit of rambling.
If that sounds like it’ll be too much of a chore for you, then here’s the gist: Veil of Imagination is an immense piece of work. It’s not an “easy” listen, but it’s an ever-increasingly rewarding one. But more than anything, it’s a reminder of the expansive, cathartic punch music can pack when lightning strikes and a particularly inspired band reaches the peak of its powers.