Good morning people. Not gonna lie to you, it’s a small miracle I managed to crank this post out this morning. You see, we had probably one of the last best weekends of the season and I certainly took full advantage. So the struggle is very much apparent now that Monday morning has once again rolled around. The fix for that? Another playlist. This one is just as diverse as always and is sure to give the start of your week a bit of a spark. Press play and enjoy, and if you feel so inclined, subscribe to our channel for more of the same over and over again. Continue reading →
It’s hard to say how I will look back on 2015. On a personal level, the last twelve months have been significant. Thanks to the efforts of our Nine Circles team, I have been given the opportunity to explore deeper into the metal universe, uncovering more obscure bands that have significantly impacted my musical life for the better. My position within metal’s audience has undeniably reached a new level, and I have no reason to not be excited about what’s to come. So from that standpoint, 2015 has been a phenomenal year.
That said, looking at metal from a higher perspective, when you compare the last couple of years, it would be difficult to say that 2015 was especially exceptional. The peaks of this past year just don’t quite measure up to those of the preceding year in my opinion. But still, a number of great albums surfaced that I have enjoyed immensely. Overall, this past year has been solid across all genres of metal. So, without further delay, here are my personal favorites from 2015.
Another year has flown by. We are all, all of us, closer to death. By roughly one year, depending on how rough a year it was for you. One thing that helped take the stress out of the year, aside from music, was the cover artwork on some of our favorite albums. Beautiful, twisted and sometimes insane, cover art gave us an initial glimpse into the music within as well as something to stare at while attempting to hold back the tears. With that in mind, Corey and I (Manny-O-War) sat down to parse out what some of the most inspirational and beautiful artwork of this year was. We considered not only the beauty, horror or intrigue but also how well the artwork encapsulated the music within. There were other albums that, while they had beautiful artwork, the artwork really didn’t have anything to do with the music. That’s a shame. So here are nine of our favorites. Continue reading →
It’s that time again! Episode 26 sees Dan and Corey begin their End-of-Year metal countdowns! This week, it’s albums 15-11 from their favorites lists, including stuff from Vattnet Viskar, Amorphis, and more! Plus some news from Maryland Deathfest, and a little sportsball talk as the guys revel in the glory of their beloved Portland Timbers soccer team.
All that and…really, not all that much more in Episode 26, but check it out anyway!
Three months down already, nine to go. I could have sworn I was just wrapping up my “Best of 2014” list last week; it’s been a blitz so far and I really don’t see things calming down anytime soon. It may still be early in the year, but I can’t express enough how impressed I’ve been with the quality of new metal I’ve already heard this year. Veterans have re-emerged with powerful new releases while simultaneously we’ve seen an influx of new artists holding their own in the diverse landscape that of metal. It’s been a hell of a winter. Here are some highlights in no particular order… Continue reading →