CANTO: Fire In The Mountains, Skillet, Envy, and More

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I’ve had to work from home two days in a row which I’m not the biggest fan of.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Nine Circles ov…Prog Rock in 2019

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Sometimes you want those blast beats and cavernous riffs to pound your skull from the inside…and sometimes you just want to float away on layers of keyboards, odd time signatures, and a plethora of instruments you’ve never heard of.  ‘Round these extreme parts we tend to only look at progressive music when it’s attached to the word “metal” but there’s been some excellent releases this year where the “prog” takes command of the music and allows its freak flag to shine.

Sometimes they’re not even Opeth.

So for this edition of Nine Circles ov…. I wanted to take a look at 9 prog releases from the Year of Our (Dark) Lord 2019 that have kept me moving in strange waters when I tired of the bludgeon of more extreme music. Continue reading

CANTO: Knotfest, Full of Hell, Currents, and More

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I hope gluttony treated everyone well last week.

  • Let’s begin with a tour. Those are always fun and easy. Exist have announced that they will be joining Monotheist and Replacire for a brief tour this coming February. Mostly east coast dates, which is good news for me.
  • In a huge development from this past weekend, Knotfest Mexico didn’t go so well. Slipknot had to cancel their headlining appearance because fans had broken the barricade directly in front of the stage. In response? Said fans lit stuff on fire. Yay! (And by yay I mean boooo.)
  • Bummer news. Full of Hell had their van stolen. And with it tons of gear and clothing, obviously. The good news is that they received a ton of support, financial and otherwise. Hopefully 2020 brings these guys good things, because they rule.
  • Currents dropped a new music video for “Poverty of Self” a couple days ago. Their second studio album will be out sometime next spring, but you can catch them on a few more European dates through the 7th. Anyway, enjoy the vid.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: December 01 – 07, 2019

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Did all the ham and turkey expand your waistline? Are you reading this from somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving? Does anyone care either way? Right. New metal. We got it. Let’s go.

NY’s blackened deathgrinders Vomit Fist are back to regale us with more tales of the “Frogvasion” and this time they’re exploring a bit with an avantgarde touch to their razor-raw riffs which means this second outing rules that much harder. Imprecation and Black Blood Invocation get bestial enough to make Satan blush on their split release, and Fen do unexpectedly great things with their atmospheric black metal – it’s an early call but this just might be their finest moment yet.

Three down and a whole list to go, jump in and buy them all. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 107 (11.30.2019)

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Welcome back to another Saturday mixtape. Hopefully you aren’t still sleeping off a turkey hangover. If you are, fear not, because we’ve got plenty of goodness to wake you up right. Everything from black metal to Ozzy Osbourne to Tom Waits and Genesis is represented here this week so there’s bound to be something to spark your interest. Take a listen down below.

– Vincent