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.


Album Review:  Arch Enemy — “Deceivers”

Arch Enemy - Deceivers

Albums written in 2020 continue to flow in and each one packs complex emotions, powerful songwriting, and a lot of care when it comes to development and production.  This is especially true for international metal band Arch Enemy and their latest release Deceivers.  The band faced many challenges in recording this album with members being spread out between two continents, but they persevered and the result is epic.  This release has everything fans love about Arch Enemy including cinematic orchestral passages, dynamic vocals, and crushing riffs but with even more developed techniques and musical mastery.  Deceivers is an album that only Arch Enemy could have created and it may be their best yet.

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Initial Descent: August 7 – 13, 2022

The Halo Effect

Shorter new metal list than usual this week. I guess everyone decided to take a quick breather? No idea really, but we’ve still got some quality gems to uncover from The Halo Effect, Boris, Grotesqueries, Arch Enemy, and a handful of others. In other words, the list may be short but it has girth. As always, happy hunting and if your band or label wants to be included in an upcoming edition of this here post, hit us up at the email found on our about page and include the pertinent information. I know that sounds elementary, but you’d be surprised. Enjoy and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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CANTO: Arch Enemy, Krisiun, Conan, and More

One. More. Day.

  • We’re going to bookend this roundup with Century Media happenings, and the first item comes from Krisiun. A new single from Mortem Solis was unveiled today, titled “Swords Into Flesh”. Check out the lyric video. Oh, also, that album is out July 29th if you needed the reminder.
  • England doom veterans Conan are releasing Evidence of Immortality on August 19th through Napalm Records, and today they shared a video for “Righteous Alliance”. And let me tell you, it is an absolute monster.
  • Wake has a series of record release shows for Thought Form Descent coming up, followed by a few September stops in the Midwest. That album is out on July 22nd through Metal Blade, and we’re excited about it… so consider this yet another reminder of that.
  • Over in the black metal world, Sorgteid revealed the first track from Natt av Tusen Dödsfall, titled “Havet Djupare än Sorg”. I copy and pasted both of those things. Anyway. That album is out later this year through Werewolf Records.
  • A new video from Arch Enemy sounds fun, so the clip for “In The Eye Of The Storm” is below. They sure have a reputation of pushing out a ton of music videos, and I’m not particularly upset by it. Deceivers is out through Century Media on August 12th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Arch Enemy, White Ward, Imperial Triumphant, and More

After a couple days off, I am back to close out the week.

  • We’ll open up with some new material from White Ward that actually premiered yesterday. But since I’m a degenerate, you get it today. Check out “Cronus” here, the second track taken from False Light. As a reminder, that album is out on June 17th through Debemur Morti Productions.
  • Cynic released a live video of “King of Those Who Know”, with footage taken from a 2010 performance in Mexico City. Give it a watch here.
  • Imperial Triumphant is dropping a new album on July 22nd. Spirit of Ecstasy will be out through Century Media, and “Maximalist Scream” is available for streaming now. That track features Snake from Voivod, which is awesome.
  • Funeral Chic have announced that their third full-length album, Roman Candle, will be out on July 29th through Prosthetic Records. Check out the lead single, “Spit & Crawl”, with accompanying music video, here.
  • Arch Enemy is pretty reliable when it comes to new music videos, so that’s how we’re going to head into the weekend. Check out the clip for “Sunset Over The Empire” below. And if you want to purchase the single, you can do so here. They also have a new album out o July 29th through Century Media titled Deceivers. All kinds of good stuff.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”