CANTO: Carcass, Abbath, Druids, and More

Busy times at 9C these days… can’t hate it!

  • So this latest Carcass tour is enticing. With support from Immolation and Creeping Death, they’ll be hitting the road through most of the month of May, starting on the 12th in Austin. Tickets can be scooped up this coming Friday.
  • Can’t wait until Friday to hear Dread Reaver in full? Well, I have good news for you. Abbath is streaming his latest album in full a few days ahead of the release date. Give it a listen here. Spoiler alert: it’s quite good. That one is out through Season of Mist.
  • RippleFest Texas revealed their full 2022 lineup, and it’s a good one. The Sword, Crowbar, Spirit Adrift, and The Obsessed, to name a few, are all coming together for what should be an awesome weekend. The festival is set for July 21st through 24th, and tickets can be acquired here.
  • Out of Pelagic Records, we have a new album coming from psychedelic metal collective Druids. Shadow Work is set for a June 3rd release, and you can stream the first track from that album, “Ide’s Koan”, immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Månegarm, Darkest Hour, Origin, and More

And today we drink stouts and red ales at a slightly higher rate than usual.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2021: Chris’s List

Best of 2021

The beginning is the end. Literally, in this case. I started this post with the entries for my list a few weeks ago, wrote my 1,000 word review (sorry) on my Album of the Year and concluding paragraph right before Christmas, and now here I am in the vaporous ether before the new year pondering the introduction.

And there are no words left.

I’ve wrangled with the why, trying to make sense of the music I consume and what it says, and I hit a point where trying to find an answer was…pointless. Not because it’s unimportant to know, but in the last two years the rest of the world became so much harder to deal with, life became so much harder to deal with, something in my brain went into emergency mode and just shut down the logic circuits, sending one single message over and over again:

“Stop thinking, stupid. It’s just music.”

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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

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 205 (11.13.2021)

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We’re kicking through November, and I’m here with my usual: a steaming cup of coffee in a cup big enough to swim in, and a playlist of all the metal I’ve listened to in 2021 to start sorting out end of year stuff.

It’s a loooong list.

So to make it easier OF COURSE I’m going to kick it off with some Darkthrone. But the rest of the crew is definitely going to bring you to some uncharted corners for Volume 205 of the Nine Circles Playlist. I don’t know who Thangorodrim are, but they’re bringing the dark vibes on their debut. Jon just has a birthday, so he’s letting loose with some faves like Dethklok and Strapping Young Lad. Josh is over the moon over the news that Death Breath are coming back, and The Halo Effect, aka In Flames 2.0 seem to be moving in a good direction with their debut single. Vincent crosses the border into pop with some good good CHVRCHES but quickly hops back over with the long awaited new song from Nechochwen. And Ian closes us out this week with some Spiritbox, Owen, and Coheed and Cambria. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in this week’s list, so settle in and give your ears a workout.

Chris