CANTO: Killswitch Engage, Insomnium, Bring Me The Horizon, and More

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I didn’t expect to have time for this today. Yet, here I am…

  • Killswitch Engage guitarist Joel Stroetzel had to step away from the current tour to attend a family emergency. Of course, our thoughts are with the dude and we hope everything turns out ok on the home front. The band’s production manager, Josh Mihlek, will take over for the next couple shows.
  • Insomnium studio update! The melodic death metallers out of Finland are hard at work on their next album, which they expect to drop this coming fall. It has been a few years since Winter’s Gate was released, so I’m curious to see what direction they go in from there.
  • Bring Me The Horizon have been forced to cancel the remaining dates on their current U.S. tour. Frontman Oli Sykes ruptured his vocal chord and, well, that makes what he does a bit of a challenge. I’m not a BMTH fan by any means  (although I admittedly didn’t hate their set at Wacken 2014), but we still hope he recovers quickly.
  • Hey look, a new music video from Clutch. It’s for “Ghoul Wrangler” and it’s a lot of fun. K bye.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: February 17 – 23, 2019

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By the time this goes to press I’ll be working my way out of the mountains and back into the hustle and bustle. I’ll probably get lost along the way and will, no doubt, be cold but it’ll be worth it. Nature rules, you should try it sometime. Anyway, thanks to these music players / phones / leashes we all have I won’t be without some of this week’s shiny new metal. Long list ahead so let’s get to it…

Ontario’s Minors was recently one of our Profile subjects and we said that their brand of sludge fueled hardcore would “leave jaws planted firmly on floors the world over” on sophomore outing Abject Bodies and we weren’t kidding – take our word for it and buy it. Next up is new music from Primitive Man and Hell which separately would rule by default but to have them on the same album, in Split format, is likely to knock the earth off its axis with their massive combination of death, doom and sludge. Pernicion wreak trve death metal havoc on their EP Seek What They Sought, and Sanhedrin keep the flames of classic heavy metal extremely well stoked on The Poisoner.

What else is up? Read on… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 67 (02.16.2019)

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Welcome to the glorious end of another week.  This is especially nice for me, as I’m staring a nice three-day weekend in the face at the moment, which is gonna give me plenty of time to catch up on all the new releases I’ve been slacking on getting to (I did check out the Coltsblood and Un split today and boy howdy was that some good doom).  You can catch me holed up in my bed with my tablet and Spotify for 72 uninterrupted hours as the greater Los Angeles area slowly succumbs to the relentless sheets of rain we’ve been having for the last two weeks.  And if you need some listening inspiration, check out what tunes we’ve been digging below. Stay cozy, wherever you are.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Ithaca and Password Pale Ale

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Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Ithaca’s The Language of Injury and Hop Secret Brewing Company’s Password Pale Ale.   Continue reading

CANTO: Skeletonwitch, Mastodon, Elizabeth Colour Wheel, and More

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Skipped yesterday because… I was doing something? Skipping tomorrow and Monday as well because long weekend. Yay negligence!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb