The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 254 (10.22.2022)

There are numbers, and there are numbers. For example, this is in fact the 254th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, which I’ve been painstakingly assembling for you for almost exactly one year – since the 202nd edition, to be precise. But the real important number to consider is SIX. Because in six days my beloved Darkthrone will be releasing a new album. So even though we featured it in there Cantos this week you know we have to use “Caravan of Broken Ghosts” to kick things off with bang.

And though I could easily just continue filling the playlist with more Darkthrone, there’s a hell of a lot more out there to get you through the week, am I right? So how about some scuzzy Sabbath metal from Peth, some sax skronking stoner rock from Ecstatic Vision, and then some killer metal from Lykotonon, Ultar, -(16)-, Sarcator, Bonecarver, Atrocity, Boris, Sonja, and some older cuts from the likes of Thursday, Cloud Rat, and hell…even some Sisters of Mercy?

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Darkthrone, Lykotonon, Killswitch Engage, and More

How come I seem to get sick after doing literally anything these days?

  • Wayfarer and Wake are touring together this December. Unfortunately, it’s only a handful of dates, none of which are need me, but take a look at the full schedule here. If you can get to this one, do it, and make me jealous.
  • Some of the same people, but a very different vibe. Lykotonon revealed a new track from Promethean Pathology, titled “The Primal Principle”. Give it a listen here. That album is out on November 25 through Profound Lore.
  • Killswitch Engage have announced three shows in late December to celebrate the holiday season, in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. They’ll be joined by Rivers of Nihil and Unearth, so this is going to be a good time. Get tickets here.
  • Aborted are about to hit the road with Lorna Shore, so let’s drop in their new single. Give “Infinite Terror” a listen here, their first single in partnership with Nuclear Blast.
  • Of course, it would be a mistake to not close with Darkthrone… lest I feel the wrath of Chris. So give “Caravan of Broken Ghosts” a listen immediately below. Astral Fortress is out on October 28 through Peaceville Records… which is a week from Friday. Damn.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Ingested, The Offering, At The Gates, and More

I’m drafting this in the middle of the afternoon, while contemplating a beer. Not great.

  • We’ll lead off with The Offering, who dropped a new track titled “Flower Children”. The lyric video for that one is available here. Their sophomore album, titled Seeing the Elephant, is set for a November 4th release through Century Media.
  • Liturgy has announced a new album as well, but we’ll have to wait until March 23rd for that one. 93696 will be out through Thrill Jockey, and you can listen to the title-track right here. They’ve also got some upcoming tour dates if that interests you.
  • At The Gates have announced the return of founding member and guitarist Anders Björler. This announcement falls about a month ahead of their upcoming European tour with In Flames, Imminence, and Orbit Culture.
  • From there, we’ve got a new video from Anti-Flag for “Modern Meta Medicine”, which features Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage). Lies They Tell Our Children is out on January 6th via Spinefarm.
  • Let’s close out the day with a new video from Ingested. The clip below is for “From Hollow Words”, which features Sven de Caluwé of Aborted. That’s taken from Ashes Lie Still, set for a November 4th release through Metal Blade.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Hammers of Misfortune, Black Anvil, Powerwolf, and More

There was significantly more going on today. Let’s take a look…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Black Anvil, Lorna Shore, Ingested, and More


Yep, it’s official. My head and heart are still very much in Wyoming.

  • Leading off with some live dates, we have Lorna Shore hitting the road for the “The Pain Remains Tour” with support from Aborted, Ingested, and more. Those dates are in October and November, with VIP packages going on sale tomorrow, and the usual general admission stuff on Friday.
  • Speaking of Ingested, they also have a new album dropping on November 4th through Metal Blade titled Ashes Lie Still. Check out the music video for “Shadows in Time” right here.
  • Belphegor videos are usually something to behold, and this new one for “The Devils” certainly falls into that category. That is, of course, the title-track from their latest album, which is out now through Nuclear Blast.
  • We’ve waited quite some time for new stuff from Black Anvil, and today we finally have it. So that’s how we’ll end our day. Check out the clip for “Castrum Doloris” below, the first sampling from Regenesis. That album is slated for a November 4th through Season of Mist. They’re also joining Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, and Dark Funeral on the road towards the end of the year, so those dates are worth checking out as well.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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