Nine (or so Heavily Qualified) Circles ov…2021: A Mid-Year Report

2021 mid-year report

Wait…so the guy who only wrote a total of 10 freakin’ reviews this year thinks he has any weight when it comes to a mid-year report? Well, uh…I guess that’s why I put the “heavily qualified” in the title of this post?

But seriously, I’ll be the first to admit that metal hasn’t really been my #1 go-to when it comes to music lately, but like everything else, what you see on the Internet never tells you the whole story. I haven’t been writing nearly as much about the genre lately, but I have been listening. Listening, and refining. Finding the things that really resonate despite the press and the push of PR, or what the pundits tell you on the 1,001 other sites out there scrambling for clicks. And what I’ve discovered is that more and more I’m coming to the sounds that drew me to the genre: thrash riffs, lots of melody, and tasty solos. So yeah: expect some old school bands putting out great records more than 30 years into their existence here. And maybe a few newer bands as well.

Is that qualified enough for ya? Then let’s dig in.

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CANTO: Wode, Genghis Tron, The Lion’s Daughter, and More

Today was less bad than yesterday!

  • Spanish thrash collective Angelus Apatrida have announced a livestream event scheduled for March 20th. They’ll be performing their new self-titled album, which can be picked up here, live for the first time. Tickets are available here, with an exclusive merch option as well.
  • Burn In Many Mirrors, the latest from Wode, will end up being one of the best albums of 2021. As such, I obviously need to share every track they drop in advance of the April 20th release date. This time, it’s “Lunar Madness”. That album will be out through 20 Buck Spin, and you can pre-order it here.
  • And then we have a bunch of new videos out there, so I’ll choose a couple to share here. First, we’ll start with The Lion’s Daughter, who shared another one from their upcoming new album, Skin Show. That album is out April 9th through Season of Mist, and the new video for “Curtains” is available now.
  • And then we have the latest from Genghis Tron, a kaleidoscopic video for “Pyrocene”. Dream Weapon is out on March 26th through Relapse Records, and I know this is one we are keeping an eye on in the Nine Circles camp. Check out that video directly below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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