Best of 2020: Ian’s Honorable Mentions List

Best of 2020

A lot of things about this past year sucked, but the one thing that absolutely didn’t was the music.  Between the scheduled releases and the surprise ones few were expecting, it’s been a stellar year of powerful, emotionally charged music, and I’ve been in a very fortunate position to be able to sit back and take it all in.  So fortunate, in fact, that I couldn’t contain a year end list to just one article.  So, here’s the first installment, the honorable mentions.  Truthfully, any of these albums could have ended up on the “main” list on a different day, so really, this is just my way of extending the fun and talking about more of my favorite albums.

Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 136 (7.4.2020)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning mixtape. This week, Chris is on a hardcore kick, Josh gives you a classic Josh pairing of country and death metal (not in the same song mind you), and I’ve got hip-hop on my mind. Check it all out below.

– Vincent

Album Review: Behold…the Arctopus — “Hapeleptic Overtrove”

It’s no secret that I am a gigantic fan of anything involving Colin Marston.  From his more well know tenures in bands like Gorguts, Krallice and Dysrythmia to engineering, mixing and mastering some of my favorite albums, I genuinely believe there’s nothing he can’t do.  My fascination with Martson began when I first heard Behold…the Arctopus like 15 years ago, and for a long time I simply knew him as “the Warr Guitar guy.”  On Hapeleptic Overtrove, Marston picks the Warr guitar back up, but this album is anything but the usual business, as if there was such a thing. Continue reading