Most of us are eager to dart into 2020 and leave 2019 in our wakes. While I’m ready for a fresh start and a new year, I want to linger in 2019 a little longer to savor the musical releases. Many wonderful albums were released this year which made narrowing down and ranking my top picks a challenge. The albums that ended up on this list are albums that resonated with me—albums that I kept revisiting, I kept blasting through headphones, and kept giving me goosebumps.
I decided to pick 9 albums in honor of Nine Circles and this wonderful community that welcomed me in this year. Let’s dive in! Continue reading
Off to a photo event! Don’t worry, it’s at a brewery.
- If anyone is/was familiar with Austin Terror Fest, it’s now called Oblivion Access. It will take place next June 5th through 7th and there are some killer bands on the bill, including Primitive Man, Swans, and Converge. And there are many more bands still to be announced. Yay.
- Cattle Decapitation has a new album out next week. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I will be soon. If you want some more hype for that release, check out this short film from Wes Benscoter for “The Unerasable Past”, which actually features a couple tracks from the new album.
- I’m going to drop a few new videos at you tonight, just for the hell of it. This next one comes from Death Angel, who released one for “Immortal Behated”. That one is taken from Humancide, which is available now through Nuclear Blast.
- Finally, Sabaton have released a new track with Apocalyptica called “Angels Calling”. Check it out below. Sabaton is touring extensively in Europe in early 2020, and we told you about the Apocalyptica stuff yesterday. I think.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Welcome back to number 101 folks. We may have just hit mixtape number 100 in our weekly series, but the confetti is all swept up and we’re back in business mode here at 9CHQ. Just kidding, it’s always a party when we do these things, because we love sharing music with you all. This week, I’m in Yeehaw Mode (TM), our interview wizard Matt is loving the new Toxic Holocaust, and the return of Castle Metal gives us all something to be grateful for. Check out these and much more (ed: and DEATH METAL) below.
I’m running my fifth marathon on Sunday. Yay?
- Big news from Metallica, regarding 2020 plans at least. They will be headlining five U.S. festivals next summer, and are planning on performing two nights at each of them. Holy moly. Those festivals are: Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival, Louder Than Life, Aftershock, Epicenter, and Welcome to Rockville.
- So this is hilarious. Cattle Decapitation had their artwork for Death Atlas (out 11/29) ripped off by rapper Teddy.YG. Like, bad. As in, Mr. YG didn’t even remove the Cattle Decap logo or album title or anything… just… layered his name over it. In a fun turn of events, Cattle Decapitation then decided to sell a shirt with the image and Instagram exchange on it. Honestly, this is must-have.
- In some serious bummer news, DevilDriver had to pull out of their upcoming Megacruise performance because Dez Fafara’s wife has been diagnosed with cancer. He’s taking the time to be with her, very much understandably. Positive vibes their way.
- And closing with a bit of a lighter note, The Amity Affliction have released a live video for the new single “All My Friends Are Dead”. They are currently touring with Sum 41.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Welcome to another Saturday. This weekend is a busy one for me, but at least this time it’s because I have a bunch of fun things I’m doing instead of having to trudge in to work. I’m still taking a second out of my morning to prepare, though, and there’s no better way to do it than with our weekly mixtape playlist. This week I’m still pretty much just listening to Envy, Charles does me proud by throwing in my favorite Black Sabbath song, and Anton bumps the new Cattle Decapitation single. Strap yourselves in folks, because this is a good one.