CANTO: Dying Fetus, Conan, Memoriam, and More


The temperature hasn’t been above 0° F since last night, and it’s currently a balmy -18° F (real feel -36° F).

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Majesties, Rotten Sound, Deathstars, and More


Major box checked today on the to-do list, which means it’s time to buy some stuff I don’t need.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Tribunal — “The Weight of Remembrance”

Flickering candles make shadows dance around the room as rain steadily taps on the windows.  Lightning flashes momentarily illuminating impossibly dark skies.  The storm continues, seemingly unending.  Gothic doom duo Tribunal conjures these images through their haunting music.  Making their mark with their impressive debut, The Weight of Remembrance, these seven tracks swirl to envelop listeners and bring them in.  Vast soundscapes are created by the two members of the band—Soren Mourne contributing bass, cello, vocals and Etienne Flinn contributing guitar, vocals—while guest musicians provide some extra dramatics and rhythms.  This up and coming band has started their discography off strong with this dark and beautiful debut.

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All In: Nine Circles ov 2022 — The Staff’s Combined List

Best of 2022


Greetings! Just when you thought it was finally over, we have one last piece of 2022 content to share with the masses. I’m sure you’ve already gotten a sense of this across our individual lists, but 2022 was a really, REALLY strong year. In nearly every corner of every metal subgenre one quality release emerged after another. Personally, I can’t remember having a harder time picking the best of the best. And spoiler alert: our team stats at the end of this list reflect that. So while the doomsday clock keeps ticking forward, and the world gets increasingly uglier, we can rest assured that metal as an outlet is as strong as ever. So, once again, we’ve rounded up our favorite albums as a writing team and nailed down the top nine albums between all of us. Here’s how it all works…

Like last year (and previous years), each member of the Nine Circles staff (well, most of them), chose their nine favorite albums (inclusive of EPs), listed in order, and up to nine honorable mentions. Obviously, branding counts. A scoring system was applied to the rankings. For example, one person’s first place album received 10 points, the second received 9, and so on and so forth… and all honorable mentions received 1 point. Then, combining the scores across everyone’s lists, we have ourselves a Nine Circles ov 2022, brought to you by, well, everyone. Almost everyone.

Immediately after the break, you’ll find the top albums of 2022 as chosen by the Nine Circles staff, starting with number 9 and working down to number 1 at the end. And again, we also tracked the labels that produced these albums, allowing us to crown a label of the year, using the same scoring process as above. This is clearly the highest honor in the industry, so I’m sure the anticipation couldn’t be higher. Who claimed this title for 2022? You’ll have to wait until the very end to find out.

Simple enough, right? Right. Enough reading, let’s get into it…

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CANTO: Seven Spires, Majesties, Anti-Flag, and More


It’s a Friday, and it’s snowing. It’s going to be a good weekend…

  • But first! A new project I am VERY excited about. Majesties, a melodic death metal trio featuring the minds behind Obsequiae and Inexorum, are releasing Vast Reaches Unclaimed on March 3rd through 20 Buck Spin. The hype is real. Give “The World Unseen” a listen here.
  • Next, we have some new Anti-Flag to share. The video for “Sold Everything” is available here. Their 13th album, Lies They Tell Our Children, is out today through Spinefarm.
  • Danish hardcore group Eyes have revealed “Generation L”, the second single from Congratulations. That album is out on February 3rd through Indisciplinarian.
  • Symphonic metallers Seven Spires are releasing a new live album on March 17th, titled Live at Progpower USA XXI. Check out the footage of “Ghosts Of Yesterday” below. They’re also on tour in both Europe and North America in the coming months, so get on that as well.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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