The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 115 (2.8.2020)

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Welcome back to another, less somber, Saturday playlist. This time around we’ve got a massive dose of Vukari, new ones from The Black Dhalia Murder and …and Oceans, and much more in store at the link below. Grab a cup of your preferred morning beverage and dig right in.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Atavisma & Void Rot and The Calm One

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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: Atavisma & Void Rot’s Split and HopTea’s The Calm One.

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Nine Circles ov… Corrosion of Conformity

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Pretty sure by now everyone is aware of COC’s powerhouse drummer Reed Mullin’s passing. And if not, how about crawling out from under that rock of unknowing. Yep well, I’m a bit sour and out of sorts over this one so pardon me for being candid or loose lipped. See, COC has been a bedrock of my listening habits for many, many years and anytime I had a chance to see them they were like old friends and Reed was always the highlight. Always the brother from another mother. Always the pillar. Anyway, in reflection, I decided the best way to deal would be to put together a 9C ov recounting my favorite COC tracks with Reed on the kit or in the vocals so journey with me through a time capsule of my life and know that COC and of course Reed shared more life events with me over the years than most people have. Music is huge for me but COC is much bigger than just music, hell, they’re the soundtrack that has kept me going. Fly high Reed, love ya brother. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 2 – 8, 2020

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One month down and eleven to go. January was a good kick off month for metal in 2020 and February shows no signs of letting us down either. So, score one for the music but hey, Doctor Death, how about stick that sickle up your ass and chill for a bit. Anyway, in the interest of new metal — as we feature here every week — branch out a bit and take a chance on something new or something you might view as outside your realm. You never know what might be found lurking just outside of that comfort zone. On that note we’ve got new stuff from top-tier screamo legends envy, melodic and emotionally heavy hardcore from Giver, off kilter and wildly avantgarde sounds from OvO, and mind blowing instru-prog-tech-death from Thoren. Plenty of stuff here that’s out on the fringe so take a chance and check them out. But, as always, there’s so much more to dig into so do that. Enjoy. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 114 (2.1.2020)

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Jesus what a week.  I thought I might be done eulogizing after Neil Peart’s tragic passing, and then immediately following that post I found out Sean Reinert passed away.  I’ve never made it a secret that Human is my favorite death album, and as much as I love everything Chuck does, it’s because that album has what is, in my opinion, his best backing band.  The Reinert/Masvidal/DiGiorgio combination that lead to songs like “Together As One” and “Lack of Comprehension” was incomparably important to the world of heavy music, to say nothing of Reinert and Masvidal’s accomplishments in Cynic on top of that.  Heavy music lost nothing short of an icon, one of the best drummers in the game and a tireless voice for acceptance and inclusion in the world of heavy metal.  I’ll be feeling this loss for quite some time, but we can and will still celebrate the work Sean left us with. — (ed.) And, of course, Reed Mullin, RIP and fly on brother. Death needs to take a break.

– Vincent