Album Review: Astronoid – “Astronoid”

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On the Scriptnotes podcast, professional screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin dispense advice to young and aspiring writers, and a recurring thread is the idea that building a career of screenwriting isn’t about writing one perfect script, but about being able to repeat that process on an ongoing basis. While not diminishing the merits of a single particularly good work of art, longevity requires more than that. That is the question that is asked of Astronoid’s self-titled sophomore album.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 62 (01.12.2019)

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I’m baaaaaaaack.  Thanks to Josh for covering for me while I was away.  I spent a great two weeks back in the icy winter of my home, Chicago, IL.  I got to spend the holidays with all my family, catch up with some old friends from high school and college, eat and drink myself into oblivion, and watch my California-Born-and-Raised partner’s face light up when some unexpected snow flurries blew in.  It was exactly the kind of recharge I needed after the trash fire that was 2018.  I feel ready to get back in the saddle again, and what better way to do that than share all the good stuff I and my cohorts have been jamming over our respective holiday-time adventures?  Check below for a list of tunes to whip your year into shape.

– Vincent

CANTO: Cradle of Filth, The Crown, Astronoid, and Dead

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Cradle of Filth (Image via Team Rock)

I bought a lot of sharp objects today. That is all.

  • Cradle of Filth announced the second leg of their “Cryptoriana” tour. Well, specifically called “Cryptoriana – The Second Coming Of Vice World Tour 2019”. So jump on that if it rolls through your town. Tickets go on sale Friday.
  • The Crown are releasing reissues of Crowned In Terror, Crowned Unholy, and Possessed 13. They’ll be out January 11th for those interested.
  • Oh, this is probably worth mentioning. Interested in owning a piece of black metal history? Well, a fragment of Dead’s skull can be yours for a slim $3,500.00. Yes, you can literally own a piece of the deceased Mayhem vocalist (accompanied by a letter from Euronymous dated in 1991, five days after Dead’s suicide). Crazy and WEIRD.
  • Big news from Astronoid today. Their second, self-titled, full length album will be out February 1st through Blood Music. You can catch them on tour early next year with Between The Buried and Me and Tesseract. For now, however, you can check out a new song called “I Dream In Lines.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Donuts & CANTO: Maryland Deathfest, Converge, Cannibal Corpse and more!

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July 26, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:

    • Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the second wave of lineup additions for its 2018 edition. Some of the more notable acts in this round? HelmetToday is the DayMaster’s HammerKhemmis and a bunch more. Check out the full list here.

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Donuts & CANTO: Krisiun, At the Gates, Bindrune Recordings and more!

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Krisiun

May 10, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, according to a Brazilian news article (translated by Reddit user fraud_93Krisiun and their tour-mates, NervoChaos, were arrested by Bangladeshi authorities shortly after arriving in the country for their Asian tour. The charge? Blasphemy. (Yep, we’re gonna do that again.) Ugh.

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