CANTO: Enslaved, Cirith Ungol, Okkultokrati, and More

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At least I can still spend time outside?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 117 (2.22.2020)

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Welcome to another Saturday mixtape, friends. Today we bring you a triple dose of Intronaut, a new Cirith Ungol song (which is not something I thought I’d ever get to say), and a host of other jams of various and sundry genres. As always, take a listen below.

– Vincent

CANTO: Aborted, Cirith Ungol, Tribe of Pazuzu, and More

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Things I like: when shuffle mode absolutely hooks you up on a long run.

  • Aborted have announced a new 3-song EP, titled La Grande Massacre, will be out on April 17th. They also announced a small run of shows around that album, beginning April 14th and running through May 17th.
  • Cirith Ungol have revealed details for their next album/first album in forever, which will be called Forever Black. That album drops on April 24th through Metal Blade. You can check out a new track, titled “Legions Arise”, right now.
  • It looks like we are starting to get some Summer Slaughter rumors. If we’re going to take that little nugget at face value, it looks like Deicide will be headlining. Which I am definitely here for. Also, a reminder that you can’t spell “slaughter” without “laughter.”
  • Tribe of Pazuzu recently dropped a new track and lyric video for “King Of All Demons” and it rips quite mightily. The EP of the same name is out on March 6th through Vic Records.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Carach Angren, Epica, Death Tribe, and More

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Halloween Canto! Which means literally nothing.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Throwback Thursday: The Artwork of Michael Whelan

michael_whelanThe recent resurgence in vinyl has brought one very important aspect of the album experience back to the forefront: Taking time to really examine the artwork and let your eyes wander over the small details that the respective artist spent so much time perfecting. I’ve always loved the relationship between the music and the artwork, and the works of Michael Whelan are a testament that an Old English logo and black and white pictures can only go so far. On today’s Retrospective, we’ll examine the trajectory of his work on album covers from all niches of heavy metal.  Continue reading