The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 225 (4.02.2022)

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We’re back, and it feels like Spring is really starting to take a hold. I’ve been re-organizing my vinyl collection the past few days, figuring out just where the hell everything is going to fit and how I’m going to explain to my wife why I need to take over another room before the next stack arrives. First world problems to be sure, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use it to kick off the 225th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, you know?

We’re gonna kick things off with some of the surprises I’ve discovered the last week, starting with new music from Michael Romeo, who brings the heavy prog I crave from Symphony X on his new solo joint. Anton ups the tech factor with some ripping new Inanimate Existence and follows it up with Luminous Vault and Lustmord collaborating with The Ocean. Josh digs into the dank earth of death metal to give light to Analepsy, Visceral Explosion, and Flesh Configuration before shaking things up a bit with Downcross and Real Steel. Vincent goes wide as usual with the newest single from Devil Master, Tzompantli, Falls of Rauros and deep cut from the Pieces of April soundtrack by Stephin Merrit. Hera returns to the playlist and brings Ibaraki, Ghost, Terzij de Horde, Playgrounded, Sadist, and something I’m assuming is called You May Kiss the Bride? I don’t know..it’s heavy though! Next up is Angela bringing some long awaited new music from Meshuggah as well as Frayle, Amenra, and Bhleg. Once again bringing up rear guard is Buke, and he’s chock full of great stuff, from the new Haunt single to some real old classic Opeth, Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse, Autopsy, and finally some truly classic prog in the way of the might Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 155 (11.14.2020)

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Welcome back, weekend warriors, to another edition of our Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This week, we’ve got a re-recording of classic Clutch featuring Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, another Two Minutes to Late Night cover, and new music from Stormkeep, which is almost single-handedly saving this week for me. These, plus more, at the link below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 101 (10.19.19)

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Welcome back to number 101 folks.  We may have just hit mixtape number 100 in our weekly series, but the confetti is all swept up and we’re back in business mode here at 9CHQ.  Just kidding, it’s always a party when we do these things, because we love sharing music with you all.  This week, I’m in Yeehaw Mode (TM), our interview wizard Matt is loving the new Toxic Holocaust, and the return of Castle Metal gives us all something to be grateful for.  Check out these and much more (ed: and DEATH METAL) below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 71 (03.16.2019)

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Welcome back and happy Saturday everyone.  I come to you again from the land of Post-Concert Exhaustion.  Last night, as of this writing, was the LA stop of the Baroness/Deafheaven co-headlining tour, which yours truly made an appearance at.  While the package’s opener left me a little cold (sorry, don’t @ me), Baroness turned me from a casual enjoyer to a full-on convert with their euphoric set, and Deafheaven continue to be head and shoulders above the vast majority of modern metal acts, always in fine form no matter how rigorous their tour schedule may be.  The cure for any wretched week usually involves seeing one of my all-time favorite bands live, and I feel like a brand new human being.  Of course, if your Saturday is looking glum, you can always throw on our mixtape and dance around the house in your pajamas.  That sounds like a good time too.  And really, you deserve it.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal

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In any form of art, there’s something magical about the “early works,” those seminal points of origin that set the course for wider narrative. It’s like the moment when the archaeologist finds and examines the fossil that ties together the map of disparate species. Or like the literary researcher who finally reaches the shelf with all the old texts, dusts them off and sets to work. Early extreme metal is a lot like this. There’s that turn around 1985 when you hear bands start to pull away from classical heavy metal. The guitar and bass picking patterns change, the vocals begin to lose their pitch, and the double-bass drum steadily becomes more important. Certain records appear and you realize, “wait, this isn’t really thrash anymore is it?” Buckle up and ride with us through The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal. Continue reading