Nine Circles ov…Albums We Didn’t Get To in 2022


It happens like it does every year: things fall through the cracks, promos don’t arrive, or we simply didn’t have the capacity to cover everything we want to cover, let alone everything that comes out in a calendar year. At this point folks are finalizing end of year lists and maybe – just maybe – some of these records will be represented on them, and so some accounting was in order. Or it could just be that we needed some content this week, so I went through my folder of 2022 music and picked nine albums to briefly opine on for this latest edition of Nine Circles ov…

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Initial Descent: September 25 – October 1, 2022

Autopsy

It’s time once again to put your money where your mouth ears are and inject what metal that money bought straight into your veins. AKA: new release list time. We’ve got another ridiculously bloated list this week that’s equally bloated with quality so no excuses. Seriously, I could’ve easily dropped twenty releases at the top in lieu of just four but that defeats the purpose of selection. What selection, you ask? That’s my secret and get out of my head…anyway, it’s death, death, and more death at the top as we get stellar new stuff from Autopsy, Acephalix, Internal Organs External, and Stormland. And, as mentioned, TONS below these just waiting on your hard earned cash and your bloody ear holes. Over the top? Nah, it’ll be October this week and I’m already in the mood, so deal with it. Seek, destroy, and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

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Erika Osterhout of Acephalix on their new album “Theothanatology” and much more!

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Image courtesy of Adam Houmam

It’s been five years since Acephalix last graced the death metal scene and a lot has happened in that stretch of time. But, the band’s upcoming fourth full length, Theothanatology, is the kind of barbaric brutality we’ve come to think of from the now quintet, yet better, more furious, and nastier than ever. While it’s true we’ll have to wait just a bit longer to hear it in full, Buke sat down with bassist Erika Osterhout for a wide ranging discussion surrounding this new album, the meaning behind the title, and so much more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy. 

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 241 (7.23.2022)

While Chris is out slaying dragons and ripping some epic guitar solos from a mountaintop somewhere, you got me for this, the 241st edition of The Nine Circles Playlist. For real though, the man is on vacation and technically could be doing all that. However, I can tell you with certainty that we’ve got another loaded mixtape this week as Ian pays tribute to Mariusz Lewandowski with all his selections revolving around albums that share the late artist’s master touch such as cuts from Abigail Williams and Xenobiotic, Anton brings some heat with the newest Conan, Jon picks the insane new Ken Mode, Vincent drops one from Acephalix, Angela includes Wailin Storms (check out her review), Chris goes down an insanely good 80s thrash rabbit hole with choice cuts from Toxik, Coroner, and others, and I drop a live session from Burst, the new BANGER from Megadeth, and a new one from Karl Sanders. But, that’s only naming a few as we’ve got way more in store right behind that play button below. So, play it loud and piss off the neighbors.

Josh

Best of 2017: Some stuff Dan liked this year!

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Hey y’all, it’s been a minute! More accurately, it’s been about 221,000! Over the last four months, when I haven’t been watching the world rapidly start to resemble a toilet overflowing with diarrhea, I’ve been slaving away at my first semester of nursing school. Which has meant that finally, after a solid 2-3 years in a row of telling myself, “I’m gonna listen to less music this year,” I actually did listen to less music this year! My best estimate is…probably 165 albums? Maybe 170? Still a bunch, but down more than a hundred from each of the last couple of years. MISSION [SORTA] ACCOMPLISHED.

On the other hand, this puts me in something of an odd position when it comes to picking my “Best of 2017.” I didn’t listen to as much music. I deleted my Twitter and reduced my overall social media presence by, conservatively, 75% — which, by the way, was a fucking AMAZING life decision that I recommend all of you try — so I had neither a steady stream of albums-you-must-hear-or-you-will-be-shunned crossing my radar screen, nor the urge to seek out even more obscure albums that I could shun others for not having heard. Oh, and also, most of my favorite albums this year were from outside the metal genre. Me putting this list together and claiming it to be THE BEST OF 2017 would be a little delusional.

So, that’s why I’m not doing that. Okay fine, I’ve made a list and ordered it — alphabetically, because EAT IT, BIG RANKINGS — but that’s it. This is just some stuff I listened to and happened to really enjoy this year. Authoritativeness be damned. (Or left for the folks over at Last Rites.) Let’s jump in.

A note before beginning:

This list is going to focus on the metal portion of this year’s listening. (And perhaps, in some cases, the metal-adjacent.) So, even though Ulver put out my favorite album of the year in any genre with The Assassination of Julius Caesar, you’re not going to see that thing in this post. Same with Anathema. Same with…I dunno, Steven Wilson, or The War on Drugs, or other contributions from pretty-blatantly-not-metal artists. If time permits, I’ll do a year-end Rainbows in the Dark recap. (Maybe.) But this is my metal list, and it shall be kept metal. Now, all that said…

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