CANTO: Yob, The Ocean, Necronomicon, and More

There is plenty to discuss today, so let’s get right into it.

  • We’ll start with a couple of reissues. First, Yob is releasing a deluxe version of Atma, which I am super excited about. That will be out on April 8 through Relapse, and you can pre-order that here. Or, of course, through Bandcamp. Fun fact, Yob also has a few live dates coming up, including FOUR at Saint Vitus in February. So jump on that as well.
  • And then we have Cirith Ungol, who are reissuing 1981’s Frost and Fire. That will be out through Metal Blade on December 17th, and that can be pre-ordered on pretty much any format right here. 40 years. Holy damn.
  • Necronomicon have announced a new livestream show, “Vivus Verum”, scheduled for November 12th. That will be premiered at the Season of Mist YouTube channel, and the event will be in support of their latest album, Unus, which dropped last year. Here’s a trailer for the event, as well as an opportunity to set a reminder.
  • Okilly Dokilly have announced “Tourdiddly Do” 2022 dates, running from April 14th through May 7th. But it will be your last chance to see them, maybe ever, as they announced an indefinite hiatus immediately following the tour. Regardless, we should all take great joy in knowing this project ever existed at all.
  • Since we have an opportunity to close out the day with The Ocean, you bet I’m going to seize it. Check out the clip for “Jurassic | Cretaceous”, taken from their Roadburn Redux performance, below. As a reminder, Phanerozoic Live will be out on November 26th through Metal Blade and Pelagic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: May 23 – 29, 2021

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I feel like I said this recently, but the everflowing stream of live shows and fests are excellent news. I mean, EXCELLENT. We’ve all missed them, and each other for that matter. Even if you’re the dude that loves to windmill dead in the middle of the crowded floor…you have been missed. Me? I won’t be in the middle of said floor, but will be holding up the bar in the back grinning from ear to ear to actually see this magical thing happen again. Anyway, I digress as we’re here for new metal and that we have tons of. Atmospheric black metal is something Svneatr dive into even deeper than before on their latest, Impaled Nazarene make sick music for sick folks and they continue their sick black metal pulverization of humanity this week, the band with the always stunning Conanish album covers and excellent heavy metal, Cirith Ungol, are once again upon us with a quick ripper of an EP, and Engraver offer up another quick ripper of an EP but this time thrash is the name of the game. Head below to find all the albums that will empty your wallet and go plan your upcoming events wisely. See you there.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 176 (4.10.2021)

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I echo what Corey said in yesterday’s Canto: “This was one long fucking week.” For some, it’s done. For others, it’s not. Either way we’ve got another loaded mixtape, of stuff we’ve been spinning, to burn the day off with. We’ve got a killer opening pair with new Withered and Cryptosis, Insomnium, The Lion’s Daughter (insane new album that is), Wo Fat, Putrefying Cadaverment, Kauan, Dark Tranquillity, and a ton more. Whether you’re working, playing, drinking, or whatever, we’ve got the goods to get you through the day. Slap that play button below.

– Josh

CANTO: Samael, Cirith Ungol, Carnation, and More

Happy Tuesday, all. Had to take yesterday evening off to get stabbed with a needle. Yay!

  • Transcending Records will be issuing limited edition vinyl pressings of Samael classics Rebellion and Eternal. Originally released in 1995 and 1999 respectively, these offerings will be available on May 28th in a few different variants. Pre-order them right here.
  • Cirith Ungol got right back to work following the release of Forever Black just last year. A new EP, titled Half Past Human, is also set for a May 28th release through Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders can be snagged here, and the new single, “Brutish Manchild”, is available for streaming as well.
  • Carnation have announced “The Galaxy Sessions” virtual performance, scheduled for April 18th. The old school death metallers have team up with Belgium’s Galaxy Studio for the event, which is completely free. Here’s the event page for when the time comes.
  • Crimson Dimension are releasing their self-titled debut album on June 4th through Spread Evil Productions. Check out the new track, “Crimson Dimension”, immediately below. Almost 16 minutes of experimental black metal awesomeness.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Nine Circles ov…What Didn’t Make My 2020 End of Year List…(But Could Have)

Next week I’ll be posting Part 1 of my annual glut of end of year posts, but there’s usually so much I enjoyed I like to spread the wealth a little bit and put some beloved but odd-man-out entries out there for you to consider.  In a dumpster fire of a year like 2020, putting anything out is kind of a miracle, but the amount of quality music – let alone metal – is kind of astounding. It served as a balm when I needed to calm down, as an ignition switch when I needed to get fired up, and as a wail of despair when I didn’t think I could take much more of what life was throwing at me.

So similar to years past, any one of these could have made my final list.  Maybe it was a lack of time, maybe it was something that stood as a taste instead of a meal…maybe it’s just that what I needed was served elsewhere.  Doesn’t make this list any less righteous.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov…, let’s stop talking and get into the good stuff.
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