Nine Circles ov… 2023 Albums the Top Brass are Excited About


Since we somehow managed to complete another trip around the sun recently, I’ve seen a lot of those anticipatory posts flying around where people share what albums they’re looking forward to in the year ahead. And I get it. Lists are clickbait-y, and there actually is a lot of stuff to look forward to in Metal: 2023. Being one to regularly cave to peer pressure, I figured we could jump on that train as well. And by “we”, I mean your Nine Circles editing staff, also known as the Top Brass, and also known as the Benevolent Overlords to at least one person. See, I personally didn’t want to write up on nine different albums that don’t even exist yet. It’s hard for me to explain why I’m looking forward to something beyond simply saying “I like that band, so I hope the new album doesn’t suck”. But two or three albums? I can bullshit my way through that, no problem. And wouldn’t you know it? Other members of the editing team were willing to drop some words on a couple albums of their choosing, as well. That, my friends, is how we got here. So without further delay, starting with my picks, here are nine albums the Nine Circles Top Brass are looking forward to in the year ahead.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 264 (12.31.2022)

That’s it. So long 2022, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. I just posted my end of year list, and yeah: the #1 pick is a crossover hardcore punk album that incorporates free jazz and noise and everything under the sun…what else did you expect? So let’s kick off the last edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with the mighty OFF! and see what else will help us close out the new year.

To paraphrase The Outer Limits, I will control the horizontal. I will control the vertical. So that means I’m also going to front-load this with the 80s metal I picked up on vinyl and cassette this week. Which means you’re getting dosed with some classic Accept and Satan…you’re welcome. Elsewhere in the Nine Circles universe we’ve got plenty of heavy to ring in 2023, including music from Angerot, Shores of Lunacy and Leper Colony, a blast of bangers from Yob, Mizmor + Thou and Nechochwen, more killer music from Predatory Light (I really need to revisit that) and Moonlight Sorcery, not to mention D. Morris BRINGING IT with some classic Harvey Milk. There’s a ton more, including God Mother, Windhand, Asunojuokei (for once not added by me, so thanks Ian!), and Morrow, among others.

That’s it for 2022. Get listening. Stay safe. See you next year…

Chris

Receiving the Evcharist: Cult of Luna and Grindcore Coffee Company’s The Divine Apostate

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Hail and well met!  We’re offering something different to the Old Ones this time around, but it’s something that nonetheless excites me and speaks to my soul.  Both offerings do, in fact, but each for their own unique reasons.  Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Cult of Luna’s The Raging River and Grindcore Coffee Company’s The Divine Apostate.

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Missed Connections: Looking Back on 2020 One Last Time

Best of 2020

You want more?  You got more.  Not that I exactly want to look back on 2020, but there was so much killer music this past year that I decided to take a page out of Chris’ book and talk about the ones that got away from me, regardless of how great they might be.  I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about why these albums didn’t make the cut the first time around.  It’s the same story for each one, a story about time and energy and brainpower.  This year was draining, both from being alive in the world and from having quite a bit to keep up with in the way of reviews and podcasts for a certain illustrious publication, and while I am proud of the list I put out and I’m not going to go back and amend it, I do think there needs to be more room for discussing what I feel like I missed out on.  Albums that, for whatever reason, needed more than the time I had for me to fully realize them in my mind’s eye, but now I can unquestionably say they belong among the great ones that we got in the last calendar year.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 162 (1.2.2020)

playlist - mixtape

Happy New Year. Hopefully that sentiment will actually be happy and not some bullshit sentiment you forget about in the next 3 seconds. But, if so, alrighty then and totally understood. Well then, here we are in the new year with some cracking tunes we’ve been jamming ’round the water cooler and we just know you’re going to love something here. We’ve got new stuff from Vokonis, Ceremonial Bloodbath, Kyrios, The Lylat Continuum, and Crypticus as well as some remixed Between the Buried and Me, some Srd, some Oceans of Slumber, Angerot, R.E.M., and MF Doom. As always, it’s a mixed bag of goodies so hit the play button below and veg out on this supreme Saturday. Enjoy!

– Josh