The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 232 (5.21.2022)

Welcome back to your regularly scheduled Nine Circles Playlist. The 232nd, in fact. And the metal has been flowing here at 9C. Some really strong music coming out lately, both from heavy hitters like Cave In and Blut Aus Nord as well as some smaller but really killer bands like Predatory Light and Kvaen, who I just got turned onto thanks to the awesome staff here at Nine Circles. So let’s kick it off with some of that and then get to the crew.

Have you been knocked to the floor yet? If so, pick yourself back up, because Anton’s back and he’s got new music coming from Warforged, Greylotus, and Inanna. Then Josh barrels into the room (careful not to spill a drop of his choice bourbon) with Tombs covering Motörhead, Abaddon Incarnate, Dismorphic Demiurge, Periphery, and some killer new cuts from Wormrot. Next up it’s Vincent over the moon with news that Imperial Triumphant is back with new music. He’s also bringing the variety with Cocteau Twins, new Nechochwen, A Pregnant Light and some Martyrdöd – I just picked this up on vinyl and it is indeed vicious. Buke alternates between old and new with some classic Rainbow, Amon Amarth, Sanctuary, and Opeth before following it up with some new music from Master Boot Record. Finally Angela makes sure we all go home satisfied with some Alexisonfire, Sowulo, and Ethel Cain.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Arch Enemy, White Ward, Imperial Triumphant, and More

After a couple days off, I am back to close out the week.

  • We’ll open up with some new material from White Ward that actually premiered yesterday. But since I’m a degenerate, you get it today. Check out “Cronus” here, the second track taken from False Light. As a reminder, that album is out on June 17th through Debemur Morti Productions.
  • Cynic released a live video of “King of Those Who Know”, with footage taken from a 2010 performance in Mexico City. Give it a watch here.
  • Imperial Triumphant is dropping a new album on July 22nd. Spirit of Ecstasy will be out through Century Media, and “Maximalist Scream” is available for streaming now. That track features Snake from Voivod, which is awesome.
  • Funeral Chic have announced that their third full-length album, Roman Candle, will be out on July 29th through Prosthetic Records. Check out the lead single, “Spit & Crawl”, with accompanying music video, here.
  • Arch Enemy is pretty reliable when it comes to new music videos, so that’s how we’re going to head into the weekend. Check out the clip for “Sunset Over The Empire” below. And if you want to purchase the single, you can do so here. They also have a new album out o July 29th through Century Media titled Deceivers. All kinds of good stuff.

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Corpsessed’s Matti Mäkelä on new album “Succumb To Rot,” Finnish death metal, and much more!

Corpsessed

Corpsessed just released their fourth full length, Succumb To Rot, and it is an absolute beast of Finnish death metal that shines a light on where they’ve been but is a huge step forward in both the songwriting aspect and their heaviness factor as a whole. Buke sat down with guitarist and backing vocalist Matti Mäkelä to discuss the new album and how he feels it’s different from the past, Finnish death metal and the differences to its Swedish and American counterparts, all of his various side projects and some breaking news on an upcoming black metal album, beer and how backstage beers are always the worst, how he is very hard on hisself and has thrown away tons of completed songs for even the slightest of details being off, and so much more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.

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Second Circle: Nechochwen and Predatory Light

Second Circle

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.

Black metal continues, as it has from the first time I got my ears around it, to be my favorite genre of metal. For all the trappings and headaches it can offer, there is truly nothing like black metal when it is at its best, so I’m always happy to talk it up when I find stuff that speaks to me, and today we’re having yet another two-for-one sale on this here website. Nechochwen‘s Kanawha Black and Predatory Light‘s Death and the Twilight Hours are very unlike each other in style and ethos, but bound together under the sign of the black mark.

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Album Review: Cave In — “Heavy Pendulum”

Cave In - Heavy Pendulum

I think at this point we’re all aware that the last few years of Cave In’s career haven’t been the easiest.  2019’s Final Transmission looked to be just that: the closing of the final chapter of the seminal hardcore band and the end of a remarkable era.  However, as fate would have it, the act of coming together to put the band to bed ended up convincing the foursome that there was still more musical territory to tread.  Heavy Pendulum is more than just the first “proper” Cave In release since 2009; it is a celebration of everything the band has accomplished and a showcase of the tricks they still have up their collective sleeves.

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