The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 163 (1.9.2020) – Alexi Laiho Tribute

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning mixtape series. This week, we’re focusing on a deep dive through the music of Alexi Laiho. Children of Bodom are a band that many of us on staff recall as being our gateway towards heavier music in our formative years, myself included. In honor of Alexi’s life and legacy, here are our favorite cuts he’s been a part of.

– Vincent

CANTO: Iotunn, Summoning The Lich, Culted, and More

Oh look, America broke. Who could have EVER seen this coming?? Anyway. 2/26 seems to be a popular date in today’s announcements…

  • Summoning The Lich just signed on to a deal with Prosthetic Records back in October, and today have announced details surrounding their debut album. The fantasy-themed death metal crew out of St. Louis will release United In Chaos on February 26th. Check out that clip for “The Nightmare Begins” while you’re at it.
  • Iotunn, the progressive metal band out of Denmark, have unveiled new album details. Access All Worlds will also be out on February 26th, through Metal Blade Records. Today, they released a new single for “Voyage of the Garganey I”, which can be heard at that link as well.
  • We’re still paying tribute to Alexi Laiho at Nine Circles, so let’s pause here and take a few minutes to watch this cover of “Downfall”. That clip includes members of Immortal Guardian, Helion Prime, and Oceans Of Slumber.
  • Blackened industrial doom project Culted are releasing a new album on, you guessed it, February 26th through Season of Mist, titled Nous. You can pre-order that here. Check out the new video for “Black Bird” immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: RIP Alexi Laiho, updates from Unflesh, Pustilence, and More

It’s a heavy day in the metal community.

  • We lost a great one today, with the news of Alexi Laiho’s passing. The former guitarist and vocalist of Children of Bodom was only 41, and the exact cause of his death is unknown at this time. It goes without saying, but our thoughts are with his family and friends. Not sure about anyone else, but the playlist is going to feature a lot of Bodom on my end this week.
  • Alright, let’s try and move on to other news from today. Pustilence have signed on with Memento Mori. The Australian death metal trio, who formed back in 2018, are preparing for their debut release some time in 2022. Something to keep our eyes on over the next year, I suppose.
  • Blackened melodic death metal crew Unflesh, featuring former members of Solium Fatalis, have announced an April 2nd release for their sophomore album, Inhumation. Check out an album teaser here, as we await a new single.
  • And we’ll close with something a little lighter. Here’s a new video from Burn Down Eden for “The Five Horseman”, which should hopefully help things end on a more amusing note. Enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Initial Descent: January 3 – 9, 2021

Definitely not the news any of us wanted to hear: Children of Bodom front man and one of metal’s best guitarists, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. No doubt the reverberations of this will be felt for a long time and he will certainly be missed, 41 is way too early to go. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP.

Tough to muster new metal speak but here we are. First up is the full length debut from Frozen Soul who were on Maggot Stomp (this is your “quality” hint) but are now on Century Media and as good as their demo was, this is not only better but more of it. Second, we’ve got a physical release from Exsul by way of Caligari (again, quality) and if you missed the digital, rectify that now. Beyond that, another short list of entries to follow.

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CANTO: Green Carnation, Bodom After Midnight, Krater, and More

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These weird times are only getting weirder.

  • Green Carnation has announced that the album release show for Leaves of Yesteryear will be streamed for all to see on May 23rd. No audience members will be present, and yes, that is a result of the current pandemic.
  • What was once Children of Bodom, is now Bodom After Midnight. Yes, the new project from Alexi Laiho and Daniel Freyberg is a CoB spin-off in name. I get it, legally the name had to change and this allows them to maintain branding. I’ll be looking toward to hearing new material, out of curiosity as much as anything.
  • What’s happening in Italy right now is beyond belief. That being said, I have fully enjoyed seeing clips of residents singing from their patios. Even better than that? This dude jamming Slayer’s “Raining Blood.”
  • German black metal crew Krater have dropped a new music video for “Prayer for Demise”. That track was taken from 2019’s Venenare (Eisenwald). So if you want to close with something dark and grim, you sure got it.


“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb