I can’t keep up with all the goings on these days so I just quit trying and instead focus on things that matter. Good plan and I highly suggest it. However, I can keep up with all the new metal we know about so let’s do that. This week, the list has bloated once more offering pretty much anything for anyone that ventures its halls. But first, we’ve got new stuff from Soilwork (maaan, it’s good), Conan (maaan, it’s heavy), Asunojokei (this excites our man Chris), and Hammer King (power to the metal). Do look further down the list as well since, like I said, the list is bloated and loaded with the goods. Check them out, happy hunting, and we’ll see you here throughout the week.Continue reading
Once again it’s Album of the Month time and for July it was a pretty unanimous pick with Spirit of Ecstasy from Imperial Triumphant. The usual gang of suspects are present for the discussion as well as MC Supreme Buke. Much is made of just how insanely good this album is and the band’s penchant for being over the top in the best way possible. Elsewhere the gang spends a good portion of the runtime gushing over everything else they listened to since they last got together and since we had a technical glitch (absolute obliteration) with our June episode, some time was spent looking back on that as well.
In other words, just another episode of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.Continue reading
Can we all agree the world is a garbage fire right now? I think we can all agree. We might not agree on the reasons WHY we think it’s a garbage fire, but maybe we can all unite under the commonality that the flames are curling ever closer to our toes. And if not, there’s always metal, right?
And to that end we’re kicking off the 244th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with a couple veterans churning out some kille rnew music, like the latest from Megadeth and the reunion of Fates Warning alums Ray Alder and Mark Zonder in the aptly named A-Z. Plus we have razor sharp slices of new (not nu) metal from the likes of Sigh, Sumerlands, The Antichrist Imperium, Liminal Shroud and Arch Enemy. Plus some off the beaten path tracks from bands like Slowdive and Ride before jumping back into extremity with Black Anvil, In Flames, The Answer Lies in the Black Void and more!
Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.
Apparently I only had time to bookend this week. My bad.
- Kreator has been busy, releasing Hate Über Alles and then the limited 2LP Live At Bloodstock 2021 in quick succession. So on that note, we should probably open this account with the live clip for “Betrayer” from that performance. Dani Filth makes an appearance, which is fun.
- If you get a chance to attend Necronomicon Providence next weekend, you should probably make that happen. And yes, that’s mostly because Cirith Ungol is headlining their only East Coast date in 2022 as part of the event.
- Seventh Storm released Maledictus today, through Atomic Fire, and marked the occasion with the new video for “Gods of Babylon”. This album has been on deck for me to listen to for awhile now… maybe today is the day it finally happens?
- Megadeth continues to impress me with what they’ve shared from The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! “Soldier On!” is no exception. The visualizer for the latest sample from that album, which drops on September 2nd, can be found below.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Nostalgia is a powerful force indeed. Nostalgia is a huge draw in modern media, and for me there are still plenty of bands that I listen to mostly because of nostalgia. This doesn’t mean that they have no merit outside of “I used to like them when I was younger” but the thing about nostalgia is that sometimes it slaps a big old pair of rose colored glasses on your face, and we tend to overlook faults in the name of the warm, fuzzy feeling we get, especially as our favorite bands get older. Norma Jean is a band that is very nostalgic for me, but Deathrattle Sing For Me is definitely not an exercise in nostalgia.Continue reading