CANTO: Rammstein, Watain, Battle Beast, and More

Watain 2022

Content is weirdly light for a Friday, which is the only reason I’m dropping this in.

  • I’ve heard some folks chatting about Battle Beast somewhat recently, so we can start there. Their new single, “Tempest of Blades”, is streaming now. Circus of Doom was a release from earlier this year, but today they unveiled a bonus version… hence the new single.
  • One of the more notable release today was The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain, which is out through Nuclear Blast. So, on that note, we should all check out the new live video for “Ecstasies in Night Infinite”. Watain is awesome.
  • Interested in a little slamming brutal death metal in your Friday? If so, here’s some new stuff from Extermination Dismemberment, titled “Agony Incarnate”. That new single is available through Unique Leader.
  • Hey, here’s something I want to attend. Post. Festival 2022 will feature the likes of Pelican, Boris, Junius, and a lot of other things I like. The event takes place the weekend of September 9th in Indianapolis. Tickets can be acquired here.
  • There’s a new Rammstein album out today that I need to listen to. Do I think Zeit will live up to their last effort? I can’t imagine it would because that album was incredible. Regardless, we’ll wrap up the week with the gnarly video for “Angst”.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Nine Circles ov…Surprises and Releases That Got Away From Us

What can I say? Sometimes it’s not that the promo pile is brimming over with releases and you miss out on a few things, sometimes you just get so caught up you simply forget. You miss the signs that something you’ve been waiting for forever slips by (ahem, *Hällas*) or that one album your friend has been telling you is damn good and you need to hear it and…you don’t. Sometimes a band you love just ups and sneaks one past you without a word.

And sometimes…sometimes children…you don’t get a promo at all.

We’re not complaining; we’re a small site and we do this for the simplest of reasons, and whether or not that also happens to feed the vicious masochistic streak hiding below our tender skins well, so be it. So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… let’s check out a few that got away.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 216 (1.29.2022)

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It’s getting a bit ridiculous, listening to so many great releases so early in the year. I’ve already listened to four albums coming out in the next few weeks that could easily be an AOTY contender…and we haven’t even gotten out of the first month of 2022 yet. And I’m not even talking about the new Earthless record which came just came out – they were my AOTY back in 2018 and damn if Night Parade of One Hundred Demons isn’t currently kicking my ass as I write this, so why not have a preview kick off the 216th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist?

You know who else has a new album album that we never talk about on Nine Circles? Steve Vai. So let’s get one of his new tracks on here, too. And since I don’t want to hog too much of the spotlight (although I threw one of my favorite Opeth tracks in there, too) we’ll start with Anton who is rocking his shiny bald pate to the new Allegaeon as well as Dischordia. Josh has been enraptured with the new Zeal & Ardor (so say we all….jeez it’s phenomenal) but still finds some serious gutter time with Malefic Throne and some classic sludge from Eyehategod. Like me, Vincent is bemoaning the breakup of The Might Mighty Bosstones but manages to find some solace in new music from 40 Watt Sun and Boris, as well as some older music from Elliott and Mitski. Buke gets down in the dirt with Crowbar, Cathedral, and Nile while Ian both confuses and concerns me by injecting some Mac Miller and something called “Getcho Mans” before wrapping up with some Wilderun and Coheed and Cambria bringing Springfield back for “Jessie’s Girl 2”.

Oh, and maybe one more new track for Buke…be seeing you.

Chris

CANTO: Hypocrisy, Animals As Leaders, Slipknot, and More

Hypocrisy

Lots of tour announcements to get to today, so let’s jump right into it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 208 (12.04.2021)

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It’s late…so late I can barely keep my eyes open. As I write this I’m coasting on the fumes of a Brown’s Oatmeal Stout and Bloodmoon: I, the collaboration between Converge, Stephen Brodsky and Chelsea Wolfe. The week was rough, and we’re staring down the barrel of some serious evil, so why not grab a drink and toast to the end of the world, huh? Maybe the 208th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist is the one that plays as the world burns to ash…we’ll see.

We’re kicking things off with some classic Gwar before turning to a pair of great black metal tracks I recently discovered from Ferriterium and svrm. Vincent reminds us that Eight Bells are back after a long absence, and tunes into my wavelength with some sonic heaviness courtesy of Boris. Anton continues to hold down the fort with the newest single from post-metal masters Cult of Luna but sprinkles in some madness with Dessiderium. Then it’s Buke’s turn and he holds the classic metal torch high, blazing the light on some Death Angel, Edge of Sanity, and Entombed. Want something a little more extreme? Josh reminds us how incredible Imperial Triumphant are with a cut from their new live set, and also hammers us with some Alchemy of Flesh and Bongzilla. Angela gets some fury in as well, bringing in Carcass and MØL before Vincent takes us home with the latest from 40 Watt Sun.

Let’s do better, humanity. I’m tired and just want to see the daylight…preferably with some good tunes in my ears.

Chris