The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Wilderun’s Evan Berry on their latest album, patience waiting on a major label, cancelled touring plans, Berklee College of Music, and more!

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Wilderun have, in a short timeframe, become a household name for progressive heavy metal fans and on the strength of their third full length Veil of Imagination, first for Century Media, they quite firmly place themselves at the forefront of thinking man’s progressive metal. We all need a reason to jump, cheer, and throw the horns right now and this band, and new album, is reason for all this.
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CANTO: Arcturus, Body Count, Wilderun, and More

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“As a traveler, I seek hospitality. As a wanderer, I seek immortality. As a journey through insanity, I seek divine comparity.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2019: Dan still likes metal, but maybe not writing?

Best of 2019

Oh look, it’s been over a month since my last post.

Related: I don’t really know if I like blog writing anymore?

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Best of 2019: Chris’s List

Best of 2019

Fourth verse, same as the first?  Or second, or third for that matter?

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

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 104 (11.09.2019)

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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.

– Vincent