The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 272 (2.25.2023)

Yeah…sometimes life just comes up and not only bites you in the ass, but grabs a hold and throws you down in the ditch, pisses on your head and laughs as it walks away. So this week’s edition – the 272nd – of the Nine Circles Playlist is coming a little later than it should, and that’s all on me. So I’m gonna make the preamble short and just get right into the meat of the matter, starting with a doozy from the new Venomous Concept album. I love the more punk and post-punk elements on it and hope you will, too. Looking through my recent vinyl acquisitions we’re also gonna drop a pair of 90s classics from Eucharist and Amorphis so you can all feel that weird snare and the cold ice blue of Finnish metal.

The rest of the staff will keep things on par with the usual varied insanity. So get your ears ready for music from the likes of Usnea, Klone, Polymoon, Grave Pleasures, Birdflesh, Lotus Eater Machine, Gravpel, Ulthar, Leander Kills, Dååth, Botanist, Big|Brave, Anatomy of Habit, and the newest from VoidCeremony. But that’s not all: you get some old emo from Marietta, some more In Flames love, older tracks from Opeth, Spectral Lore and Madder Mortem and a few more surprises, not to mention the ALWAYS appropriate Joy Division to close things out.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week…


CANTO: Moonspell, Fear Factory, Botanist, and More

I can tell this is going to be one of those awkward short weeks where I kinda wish it was a normal week because I have so much to do. Alas.

  • Let’s start with some gothic metal. Crematory released a new single with visualizer, titled “Rest In Peace”. Give that a listen and watch here. Their latest album, Inglorious Darkness, is out now through Napalm Records.
  • Dark metal masters Moonspell have announced a North American tour where they’ll be joined by Eleine, Oceans of Slumber, and Vintersea. Those dates run from April 29 through May 25, and tickets go on sale this coming Friday.
  • Fear Factory have officially named their new vocalist, one Milo Silvestro. You can watch the documentary reveal here. Don’t forget that they’ll be on the road with headliners Static-X over the next couple of months.
  • Spectral Lore is a thing I like, so let’s go there next. The Greek atmospheric black metal act is releasing a new EP, 11 Days, on March 21. That collection’s opening track, “Moloch”, is streaming over at Invisible Oranges.
  • Closing out, we have a new track from Botanist titled “Angel’s Trumpet”, which you can stream below. Their forthcoming album, VIII: Selenotrope, drops on May 19 through Prophecy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 154 (11.7.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning mixtape series. This week, we’ve got an incredible reworking of a pop music staple by Khemmis’ Ben Hutcherson (subscribe to the man’s Patreon to fund further hijinks), plus some classic Glassjaw, the new music video from Schammasch, and even outlaw country for good measure. Check it out below.

– Vincent

CANTO: Botanist, Vreid, Asphyx, and More

Day 2: Shenandoah is an area that does not suck. Can confirm.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Circle Pit: Albums We Missed, Q3 2017


Here we are at the end of the third quarter, well really two weeks into the last quarter of the year. But, who’s counting? We missed some things that we wanted to cover around their respective release dates — it happens. As we do from time to time, a few of us got together to share some albums that we feel strongly about and that should garner more of your time as a listener. Whether you decide to set aside some precious time for these is up to you but we love them and hope you feel the same. So without further ado, here’s our picks out of what we didn’t cover but should have… Continue reading