The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 178 (4.24.2021)

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Good morning and welcome to another Nine Circles Saturday mixtape. This time around, we have the latest from The Mountain Goats (always cause for celebration), some Lord of the Rings themed grind, ripping death metal, and a whole lot more. Check it out, as always, at the link below. (ed’s note: also, a fresh and sick set from Inhuman Condition to close things out).

– Vincent

CANTO: Cryptosis, Voivod, Obsidian Kingdom, and More

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I took a day off from work today, and still barely found time to get this done. Life is hard.

  • Cryptosis have announced a free Bionic Swarm release show tomorrow, April 24th. That starts at 2:45 PM EST, and you can join the event here. That album dropped back on March 26th, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to scoop it up ASAP.
  • Oh shit, another stream event. Two of them actually! Voivod have announced streaming shows on May 30th and June 27th, the second and third installment of the “Hypercube Sessions”. You can purchase tickets for each event individually, or as a bundle.
  • Swedish prog-rock collective TheNightTimeProject have released a new standalone track, “Merkurius”. That’s available on all digital platforms, but Dronicon Films directed a video for it, so that’s obviously what we’re going to share here.
  • In case you missed the premiere during Roadburn Redux, you can take a peak at a live performance from Obsidian Kingdom for “Womb of Wire” here. That footage is taken from last December’s AMFest.
  • Capra released a new video today for “Medusa”, and that sounds like the right thing to wrap up the week with. In Transmission is officially out today through Blacklight Media/Metal Blade, so be sure to pick it up here.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Capra — “In Transmission”

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In Transmission has been a long time coming for the Lafayette, LA quartet.  Over two years of writing and refining their craft, picking up a new frontperson, personal struggles and a global pandemic have certainly made it difficult for Capra, but it also hasn’t stopped them in the least bit.  There’s a very good reason this debut is getting blown up by word of mouth and pushed out by a major label already.  The band’s fresh, blistering take on hardcore and metal goes beyond simply being well-crafted music: it speaks to something deeply, profoundly human with an unrivaled emotional depth.

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Initial Descent: April 18 – 24, 2021

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No bitchin’ this week. I could, don’t get me wrong. Rather, I’ll just keep it all in my head and see visions equal to that Cannibal Corpse album that came out last week. As the kids say, what a banger. Moving on, new week and new metal so let’s do it…Capra explodes with some vicious hardcore and punk infused metal this side of, well, a very long time and the fact that this is a debut? Snap! A name I was excited to see that I haven’t in a long stretch is Bongzilla who returns with an album I’m stok(n)ed on and you should be too, Akiavel are back with a blistering sophomore death metal effort, and Altarage keep the violence going with their brand of blackened death metal that keeps the needle pegged to extreme. Alrighty then, these top four are worth your time, but there’s a lot more to follow that bears the same worth. Do it.

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Capra’s Crow Lotus on upcoming album “In Transmission,” missing live shows, a geology degree, lyrics, and much more!

Capra has caught lightning in a bottle on their upcoming full length debut In Transmission. It’s equal parts metal, punk, and hardcore but the sum is way more than its parts. Blistering riffs, crushing blasts, and obliterating vocals are just some of what the band has to offer across these eleven tracks. It’s hostile yet authentic, aggressive and angry yet carries so much depth and feeling and overall is a near perfect debut that fans all over the metal spectrum will unite around.  Head below to get the details of a recent chat between Buke and vocalist Crow Lotus.

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