The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 140 (8.1.2020)

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Did we get the date wrong in the title of last week’s column? When time has no meaning anymore, who can say? All we know is that THIS week’s playlist is jammed full of a diverse mix of what we’ve all been listening to this week, from Anhedonist (RIP Kim Harrington and thank you for some of my favorite riffs ever written) to Obsidian Kingdom’ new single, to Margo Price and Diarrhea Planet. Get in there and find something good.

– Vincent


CANTO: Infera Bruo, Oceans of Slumber, Korpiklaani, and More

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I’m very much ready for a beer. Or that vodka pictured above.

  • Since I’m only moments away from grabbing my first Friday beverage, it makes sense to start with Korpiklaani, who have launched their own vodka – spruce flavored! They also have a live stream event coming in late August.
  • Stockholm’s Lik have revealed details behind their third full-length album. Misanthropic Breed will be out on September 25th through Metal Blade Records, and you can hear the first single, “Decay”, right now.
  • Infera Bruo dropped some album news today as well. Rites of the Nameless is lined up for an October 16th release through Prosthetic Records, and, as always, this type of announcement always comes with new music. Here is “Mining Shadows For Unlight.”
  • Oceans Of Slumber shared their new video today for “The Colors of Grace”, a track taken from the upcoming self-titled release. That album drops on September 4th through Century Media Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Receiving the Evcharist: Drouth and Sum Sum

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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: Drouth’s Excerpts From a Dread Liturgy and LA Ale Work’s Sum Sum.   Continue reading

CANTO: Wolves In The Throne Room, Obsidian Kingdom, Tomorrow’s Rain, and More

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“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Geist and the Sacred Ensemble — “Waning Hymns”

Geist and the Sacred Ensemble are a tough band to pigeonhole.  To even call them a band seems like an oversimplification, when they’re more of a collective or organization, combining music, aesthetic and ideology seamlessly into one amoeba-like unit.  Take one part Swans, one part Inter Arma, one part Ulver and one part Crass and you might come close to what Waning Hymns sounds like.  Then again, maybe not.  It’s an album that begs a deeper dive than just seeing what box it can be shoved into, a whole greater than just the sum of its influences. Continue reading