Album Review: Mizmor — “Wit’s End”

mizmor wit's end

From its early days as an anonymous project beloved by diehards of the underground to its current status as a festival draw, the rise of Mizmor has been a sight to behold. I remember discovering this band through word of mouth years ago and wondering why I wasn’t seeing more people talk about them. Now that mastermind ALN has signed with Gilead Media and is playing fests like Migration and Roadburn…I still find myself asking why I’m not seeing more people talk about Mizmor, particularly within the last few years. The band’s music has always been good, but after Cairn and his expansion into ambient territory alongside live member Andrew Black on Dialetheia, Mizmor appears to be going through something of a renaissance, and new (ish) EP Wit’s End is the next step in that evolution.

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Best of 2021: Vincent’s List

Best of 2021

Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve been here for years.

2021 did force me to put my writing here on pause for a while. Between the very good and the very bad it was a wild pendulum of a year, and at some point I found myself unable to keep up with all of it. I took time away, as I have been want to do lately. And for the first time in a long time, I feel like that time away really did me some good. I’m not just back here writing a year-end list because I feel like I have to in order to earn my keep, I’m doing it because I feel like I have things to say about the music I loved this year. Because there was a lot to love, and because I managed, somewhere along the way, to find that love again after feeling like it had been fading for the last few years. Between long train rides with old favorites and early mornings with coffee and brand new discoveries, I felt that connection between me and the music I love slowly flowing back. I feel hopeful that that connection will allow me to be able to share more with you all about what it is that makes me light up.

But then, I suppose I should talk about what made that happen for me in 2021, right?

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 201 (10.16.2021)

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We are fully across the 200 playlist threshold somehow, and a good chunk of the Nine Circles staff is nowhere near a computer at the time of this publishing… what a time to be alive! The Emma Ruth Rundle track kicking the playlist off is tremendous, and I’m (Corey… and probably also Vincent) are super pumped she was added to the Fire In The Mountains lineup. From there, it’s the typical clusterfuck of awesomeness you have come to expect, including the like of Kowloon Walled City, Thulandra, Aquilus, and oh so much more. Have at it! (Side note: I’m not sure I drafted this right).

(Chris side note: I got you, bud)

Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 200 (10.9.2021)

playlist - mixtape

Wow, two hundred of these things, huh? It may be a little early to break out the whiskey in celebration, but confetti and streamers should do nicely. Or maybe just more curated tunes instead. This time, we’ve got two generations of post-hardcore colliding on the new Seeyouspacecowboy… song, a classic Bloodbath jam from what is (IMHO) one of the more underrated Bloodbath releases, Marissa Nadler covering Metallica, and much more. Thanks for sticking with us.

Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Atræ Bilis and Dominga

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

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: Atræ Bilis’ Apexapien and New Belgium Brewing Company’s Dominga.

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