CANTO: Dread Sovereign, Demon Incarnate, Burning Witches, and More

No shortage of items to cover today. A curious amount of new videos for a non-Friday… which we’ll mostly skip.

  • Anyway, we’ll start with Barishi, who have announced a virtual concert via Gimme TV. It’s a replay of their performance at the Stone Church in Brattleboro, VT, and it will air tomorrow at 7:00 EDT. Download the app to tune in for free and all that good stuff.
  • The next free concert stream features Burning Witches. That event takes place on the release day of their new album, The Witch Of The North, May 28th. Pre-order the record here, which is out through Nuclear Blast, and stream the event at this location.
  • You know what? Screw it. One more concert stream I want to share. I’ve been listening to their split EP all day, so we may as well share links to the Psychonaut and Sâver performances for Roadburn Redux. That was a great take on a virtual festival, and we should all be thrilled some of the footage is out there for us to ingest still.
  • And then we’ll close with a couple videos, the first coming from Dread Sovereign, who have also dropped some new merch at their Bandcamp site! But most importantly, here’s a link to the video for “Her Master’s Voice”, taken from Alchemical Warfare, which is out now through Metal Blade.
  • And lastly we have the new music video from Demon Incarnate for “In Disguise”. That’s the first one from Leaves of Zaqqum, which is set for a June 18th release through Metalville Records. Enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2020: Zyklonius’s List

Best of 2020

In 2020, time became a melting flat circle and the concept of eternal recurrence became far too real, mundane and inescapable. Thankfully the high quality of metal released during the year provided solace, perspective and inspiration that helped endure the blizzard of blurring days, weeks and months. Time lost all structural integrity and meaning also in the sense that you will find full-length albums, EPs and even single-track releases on my list, owing to their excellence, innovation, enjoyability, distinct identity and sound as well the evolutionary leaps the featured bands took. The fact that I could omit from my list so many fantastic releases, from the likes of Afterbirth, Havukruunu, Mare Cognitum & Spectral Lore, Serocs, Sweven, Wake and Wills Dissolve, is simply indicative of the sheer quantity of stellar-grade metal in 2020. The list is long and full of flowery prose elaborating why these particular releases resonated with me, so enough with the prefacing.

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CANTO: Barishi, Epica, The Way of Purity, and More

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How is it only Tuesday?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Obscura, Katatonia, Barishi, and More

Katatonia

Earth Day… and I’ve been reluctant to go outside all day because work is murdering me. Go figure.

  • Obscura drama is coming right back around again. Steffen Kummerer is flying solo for the time being, as the other 75% of the band bailed to go in a different direction and form a new project called Obsidious. Fun times.
  • Katatonia dropped another track from their upcoming new album, City Burials, which is out on Friday. This one is called “The Winter of our Passing” and I assure you, it is a really good time.
  • Barishi have announced a Facebook Live listening party for their new albumOld Smoke, tomorrow at 5:00 PM EDT. The album itself officially drops on Friday through Season of Mist.
  • 3D music videos are always a good time, so here’s a new one from Abysmal Dawn for “Coerced Evolution”. That track is taken from the recently released Phylogenesis, available through Season of Mist as well.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 122 (3.28.2020)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome to another Saturday morning playlist. We live in weird times but great new music is still here to carry us through. Case in point, this week I’ve brought you the newest one from The Ruins of Beverast and Ulcerate (Stare Into Death and Be Still is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated albums by our staff). Anton also brings in the new one from Aversio Humanitatis, which is another album I’m hotly anticipating. And for something a little different, we are including ‘Slaves to the Grind,’ a documentary about the grindcore scene at the end of the playlist. So check out the tunes and get some culture in you, all at the link below.

– Vincent