Welcome back to your regularly scheduled Nine Circles Playlist. The 232nd, in fact. And the metal has been flowing here at 9C. Some really strong music coming out lately, both from heavy hitters like Cave In and Blut Aus Nord as well as some smaller but really killer bands like Predatory Light and Kvaen, who I just got turned onto thanks to the awesome staff here at Nine Circles. So let’s kick it off with some of that and then get to the crew.
Have you been knocked to the floor yet? If so, pick yourself back up, because Anton’s back and he’s got new music coming from Warforged, Greylotus, and Inanna. Then Josh barrels into the room (careful not to spill a drop of his choice bourbon) with Tombs covering Motörhead, Abaddon Incarnate, Dismorphic Demiurge, Periphery, and some killer new cuts from Wormrot. Next up it’s Vincent over the moon with news that Imperial Triumphant is back with new music. He’s also bringing the variety with Cocteau Twins, new Nechochwen, A Pregnant Light and some Martyrdöd – I just picked this up on vinyl and it is indeed vicious. Buke alternates between old and new with some classic Rainbow, Amon Amarth,Sanctuary, and Opeth before following it up with some new music from Master Boot Record. Finally Angela makes sure we all go home satisfied with some Alexisonfire, Sowulo, and Ethel Cain.
To reference Nathan Explosion, summer (or spring) colds are the worst.
When Spirit Adrift announces new things, it’s only right that we start with that. 20 Centuries Gone, a collection featuring two new tracks along with six covers, will be out on August 19th through Century Media. Check out the premiere of “Sorcerer’s Fate” here. It’s predictably awesome.
Arizona deathgaze crew Kardashev are releasing a new full-length on June 10th through Metal Blade, titled Liminal Rite. They shared a vocal playthrough for “Compost Grave-Song”, and preorders for the album are available here.
Battle Beast was kind enough to share a new single with as well. Featured as a bonus track on Circus of Doom, “The Lightbringer” is now available as a standalone single, and available for your streaming pleasure here.
It would be a poor choice to not close out the week with the latest from Exodus. Check out the clip for “The Fires of Division” below. Pre-orders are up for Persona Non Grata, out through Nuclear Blast, and I know you know what to do with that information.
Folks, it has been a LONG wait for this one. I can’t tell you how much I’ve anticipated this review ever since “Arkanum” debuted over at No Clean Singing. I have not been floored by a track like that in a good while, and I think I grabbed the full promo the minute it was available. After having about six weeks to sit with it, I have only gotten more psyched up to talk about what almost assuredly will be in my top releases for the year, Aara’s sophomore album En Ergô Einai.Continue reading →
No meandering preamble. Too much of 2019 was utter shit, and music was the salve to my battered and bruised soul. Last week I touted 19 albums that helped me cope with the personal and global tragedies that the year brought, and this week brings another 15 records that, while not formally ranked all can on a given day act as my #26, or even my #1. Don’t try to find reason or logic in a list. Not only is it all subjective, but it’s all subject to change on a dime, on a given moment when the axis spins and tries to buck you off into orbit, and all you can cling to is the fragment of a melody, a riff or a lyric that tethers you to the world, keeps you grounded and ready for another day.