The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 263 (12.24.2022)

It’s Christmas Eve. I’m rocking a killer stomach ache, either from the abundance of pizza mixed with a drink called the Suffering Bastard or the near crippling anxiety of having to leave shortly to spend time with relatives. So let’s just get some tunes in your ears.

We’re kicking it off with a blast from MY past: Lillian Axe released their first album in 10 years this summer and I only found out a few days ago. I love it, and their video for “I Am Beyond” will have to tide me over until the CD arrives later this week. Elsewhere we have what I’m guessing is a fan-made video for Këkht Aräkh, whose two albums are now on vinyl courtesy of Sacred Bones and I’ve been all in on. There’s some great Enslaved with a big band, August Burns Red doing the Christmas thing, new music from the likes of 71TONMAN, Esophagus, and High Command, a few older gems from Panopticon and Windhand, and then Vince takes us home with a bevy of rocking Christmas-themed tunes, including (of course) a stone cold classic from Mr. Diamond…

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Disillusion, August Burns Red, Living Wreckage, and More

A start of another week, with more ridiculousness on the horizon.

  • August Burns Red are celebrating their 20 anniversary with an early 2023 tour, running February through May. They’ll be on the road with The Devils Wear Prada and Bleed From Within, with ticket options available here. Also, their new album drops March 24, titled Death Below, through SharpTone Records.
  • Next up, we have Living Wreckage and their new video for “The End Of The Line”, which you can view here. The self-titled debut album from the new project featuring members of Anthrax, Shadows Fall, and Let Us Prey was released through M-Theory Audio back in September.
  • Azketem have set December 16 as the international release date for Azetik, which will be out through Urtod Productions on vinyl, and independently on CD. Hear the brand new track, “Dannen Rijk”, over on Bandcamp.
  • Out of Prophecy Productions, we have the new video from Disillusion for “Driftwood”. That track is taken from the German avant-garde metallers new album, Ayam, which dropped back on November 4. Give it a watch below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Enslaved, Voivod, August Burns Red, and More

Whoa. Finally back at this thing after what has been a very hectic first half of the week.

  • I’m aware this news may be a couple days old, but I don’t really care. We start with Enslaved, who announced “The Otherworldly Big Band Experience”. The virtually streamed concert will take place on December 21st, with tickets and bundles available here. That event, of course, celebrates the release of the Caravans To The Outer Worlds EP that dropped last month.
  • Voivod have a new album coming early next year! Synchro Anarchy will be out on February 11th through Century Media. This doesn’t come as a complete surprise, since they were active last year in releasing Lost Machine – Live and all that. But still, good news is good news.
  • Skeletal Remains and Vitroil are joining Defeated Sanity on the Sanguinary Impetus tour next year. Those dates run from February 24th through March 26th.
  • August Burns Red dropped a live video for “Paramount”, a track taken from Guardians, and given how short I am on time today… this feels like a good note to end on. Check it out below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Slipknot, Space Chaser, Thy Catafalque, and More

Happy Tuesday, everyone. I missed yesterday’s news because work was just that. much. fun.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Crowbar, Cellar Darling, Body Count, and More

Today has been crazy, so let’s see what I can dig up in like 15 minutes.

  • Entertainment One (eOne) is releasing a limited edition vinyl repressing of Time Heals Nothing, the Crowbar classic that was released originally back in 1995. There will only be 1000 copies, split between the US and EU/UK. Grab your copy today right here.
  • Cellar Darling released a new video for “Dance”. The track was released back in January through Nuclear Blast, and was originally intended to be included in the 2019 concept album, The Spell. If you want a physical copy of Dance, you can acquire it here.
  • August Burns Red have announced the Guardian Sessions EP, set for an April 16th release through Fearless Records. Pre-order it here, and check out “Icarus”, a new track that includes a vocal cameo from bassist Dustin Davidson.
  • Body Count ended up releasing that fan-created music video for “The Hate Is Real”, another track taken from Carnivore. I’ve dabbled in some video editing in recent years, and damn… I got nothing. Good stuff here, check it out below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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