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

Donuts & CANTO: Chris Cornell, Pyrrhon, Old Man Gloom and more!

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Chris Cornell

May 19, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off with some sad news, Chris Cornell was found dead late Wednesday evening. The former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was just 52 years old, and it’s hard to put into words how enormous a loss this is. Rest in peace, Chris.

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Album Review: Brutus – “Murwgebeukt”

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I’m not the writer that’s going to get into the politics and intricacies of brutal death metal. Rather, I will take a look at Brutus’ 2016 release Murwgebeukt through a purely musical lens. Further, while I can assume their lyrics and topics are not my own and are potentially adverse to my personal stances (based on the cover art) they sing in their native language which I will never be able to understand no matter how many hours I spend with Rosetta Stone. So, with that said, we explore the gruesome musical brutality of Brutus. Continue reading

Album Review: Abhorrent – “Intransigence”

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Cover art by Timo Ketola

Today we discuss, wait for it, technical death metal. That sentence alone is probably enough to send forty percent of the readers leaping for the ‘x’ button to close out this article. But if you haven’t yet closed out and you are ready to listen to a quality example of what a genre can be, when done properly, you’re in luck. Because Abhorrent have produced an album of expansive and diverse takes on technical death metal. Intransigence is simply a fantastically enjoyable and accessible album. Despite pure technical ability, no one is showing off; rather the band is playing as a unit and producing some very pleasing death metal to boot.

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Just the Tip: February 24’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases (and old release) we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week!

February 24, 2015

Torche – Restarter (Relapse)

Pelican – The Cliff (Southern Lord)

Carach Angren – This is No Fairytale (Season of Mist)

Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers… (Willowtip)

[full review]

We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 41!

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden (Dark Descent) [full review]
  • Goat Semen – Ego Svm Satana (Hells Headbangers)
  • Ensiferum – One Man Army (Metal Blade)
  • Keep of Kalessin – Epistemology (Indie Recordings)
  • Ahamkara – The Embers of the Stars (Bindrune)

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.