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.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 133 (6.13.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning mix tape. This week, we’ve got the great new Terminal Nation track, a surprising amount of brutal death metal from Chris, and I bust out one of my favorite sad boy jams. Take a listen below.

– Vincent

CANTO: Fire In The Mountains, Skillet, Envy, and More

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I’ve had to work from home two days in a row which I’m not the biggest fan of.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Neurosis, Weedeater, Earth, and More

Neurosis

I’m in Boston tomorrow which means I’m tired today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Nine Circles ov… Corey’s 2017 Shows

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This past year, I was fortunate enough to attend 35 different metal performances. There were a couple of duplicates (This Will Destroy You), but for the most part each performance was unique and left an impression in its own way. So, in going back through the past year and finally deciding to tally these shows, I thought it’d be a worthwhile idea to go over some highlights. You’ve obviously seen the more detailed concert reviews the days and weeks following various shows here, but the goal here is a high level recap of my favorites. This has proven more taxing than I would have anticipated, however. Looking back now, I don’t think there was a single show that I did not get at least something out of. Regardless, in no particular order, here are nine (ten?) performances that stood out to me last year. Continue reading