CANTO: Cloak, Oak, Ahab, and More


Man, the gloomy weather the last three days has really messed up my vibe.

  • Anyway. To better things. Imperial Triumphant, Cloak, and Couch Slut are touring together early next year here in the U.S. With that announcement, Cloak also offered an update on their next album. Their third full-length should be out in the first half of the year through Season of Mist, and you’ll be able to hear some new material during this tour.
  • Ahab are releasing The Coral Tombs on January 13 through Napalm Records, and today they shared the music video for “Colossus Of The Liquid Graves”. It’s a beast. Their fifth studio album will mark their first full-length in eight years, so we should all have this one circled heading into the new year.
  • Fvnerals presented the second single from Let the Earth Be Silent, titled “Ashen Era”. Give that a listen here. That new album, by the way, is out on February 3 through Prophecy Productions.
  • We’ll close out Wednesday with another new track out of the Season of Mist camp. Oak is releasing Disintegrate on February 10, and today they unveiled “Disintegrate I”. Give the video for that track a watch below. I’ve gone through it a couple of times, and I’m obsessed. Just saying.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 257 (11.12.2022)

We’re coming into the end times…the end of the year times where most of the year’s albums have either been released (or we’re at least gotten the promos to digest), so here at 9C headquarters we’ve been sifting through what we loved, what we didn’t, and what we missed and need to consider before building our respective lists. For me that was Haunter, so we’re kicking off the 257th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with a 13-minute track because hey…maybe you missed it, too.

After that it’s a blackened ol’ time with the likes of Stormruler and Morbikon before heading off into the cobwebbed corners of the metalverse with new -(16)-, The Death Wheelers, Ashen Horde, Liturgy, KEN mode, Dream Unending, the mighty return of Ahab, something called Bizarrerkult (thanks Anton), Die Sünde and Castle Rat, as well as some ripping Tomb Mold demos and a stone cold classic from Judas Priest to close things out. Plus some more surprises I was too lazy to write out in this post.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 244 (8.13.2022)

Can we all agree the world is a garbage fire right now? I think we can all agree. We might not agree on the reasons WHY we think it’s a garbage fire, but maybe we can all unite under the commonality that the flames are curling ever closer to our toes. And if not, there’s always metal, right?

And to that end we’re kicking off the 244th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with a couple veterans churning out some kille rnew music, like the latest from Megadeth and the reunion of Fates Warning alums Ray Alder and Mark Zonder in the aptly named A-Z. Plus we have razor sharp slices of new (not nu) metal from the likes of Sigh, Sumerlands, The Antichrist Imperium, Liminal Shroud and Arch Enemy. Plus some off the beaten path tracks from bands like Slowdive and Ride before jumping back into extremity with Black Anvil, In Flames, The Answer Lies in the Black Void and more!

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 212 (1.1.2022)

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Welcome to the future, everyone. I spent the last day of 2021 applying beauty masks and drinking champagne with my wife and son because you know what? That shit felt NICE. Even the boy admitted it it was cool, although I suspect his favorite part was the horror of peeling the mask off like dead skin. Yes, we had Slayer playing in the background…couldn’t resist.

To kick off 2022 and the 212th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist I put on my metal playlist and hit random to see what came out, so you’re getting the year off to a brutal start with some Unanimated and Chapel of Disease, as well as some classic Katatonia. Josh comes into the year guns blazing with some Wommbath, Barghest, and Everclear before finishing up with the ripping live Corrosion of Conformity. Vincent changes the mood a bit with The Hotelier, Alcest, and King Woman before Jon comes out of the snow to go full tech death, blasting some new Allegaeon, Spawn of Possession, and Archspire. Anton continues to play the left field choices, bringing in some choice cuts from his AOTY band Code as well as tracks from Eschatos and Fleshvessel. Bringing up the rearguard this time is Buke, and as awakes he’s ready with the classic of the genre, from Ahab, Death, Manowar, Saviours, and even a little Trivium.

That’s it. We’re officially in the new year. Let’s see if we can make it better than the last two, huh?

Chris

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 170 (2.27.2021)

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It’s Saturday afternoon here on the east coast and before too long it’ll be an actual weekend for me. Hope the same for you. And, to go along with that, we’ve got another playlist tailor made for weekend vibes; I’ve got new stuff from Timo Ellis and Portal of Pazuzu, Chris has some King Gizzard and Transylvania Stud, Vince brings The Ruins of Beverast, Ian drops Astronoid and Loathe, and Angela showcases YOB and Ahab. Stacked playlist to be sure, but there’s way more included so jump in and enjoy….

– Josh