After years of seeing that cassette logo at the top of every edition of the Nine Circles Playlist (brought to you now for the 245th time) I finally caved and bought a cassette deck for my stereo system. I have a few tapes lying around from niche labels filled with strange and discordant sounds, so why not? Maybe I’ll even find those old mix tapes I used to have in college and see if they’re still in a playable condition…music as archeology, you know?
I don’t know if anything in this week’s playlist is available on cassette, but I can provide definitive proof you can find it on YouTube. The gang brings in tracks from Sarattma, the return of Toxik, as well as new music from Clutch, Revocation, Conan, Conjurer, Lathe, Ripped to Shreds and An Abstract Illusion. We throw in some shoegaze and indie from My Bloody Valentine and Broken Social Scene to break up the extremity (although I still think MBV’s Loveless is one of the most extreme albums to ever come out) before wrapping it all up with some classic tracks, including a live cut from Opeth, some Testament, Merauder, and Watchtower, among others.
God knows I love doom, but I would hardly call myself a “doom connoisseur” like some people on this site (I don’t think she’s ever actually called herself that, but you get it). But even so, doom is such a vast genre that, while our tastes in doom overlap some, I don’t think they’re really all that close. Angela’s drawn to psychedelic, stoner and generally very ethereal doom, where I like the kind of doom that feels like being hit in the cerebellum with a wrecking ball, which is why I love Conan and their new album Evidence of Immortality.
The UK’s Conan are the heaviest doom metal band on the planet right now. Full stop and let that sink in. If their previous four albums haven’t convinced, turn your attention to their fifth and newest offering Evidence of Immortality. Their brand of doom is the embodiment of Mad Max level of destruction set low and slow and tuned down to the gates of Hell and this album just puts an exclamation mark on that statement. Buke sat down with guitarist and vocalist Jon Davis for a wide ranging discussion surrounding the album, the band, and much more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.
I can’t keep up with all the goings on these days so I just quit trying and instead focus on things that matter. Good plan and I highly suggest it. However, I can keep up with all the new metal we know about so let’s do that. This week, the list has bloated once more offering pretty much anything for anyone that ventures its halls. But first, we’ve got new stuff from Soilwork (maaan, it’s good), Conan (maaan, it’s heavy), Asunojokei (this excites our man Chris), and Hammer King (power to the metal). Do look further down the list as well since, like I said, the list is bloated and loaded with the goods. Check them out, happy hunting, and we’ll see you here throughout the week.
While Chris is out slaying dragons and ripping some epic guitar solos from a mountaintop somewhere, you got me for this, the 241st edition of The Nine Circles Playlist. For real though, the man is on vacation and technically could be doing all that. However, I can tell you with certainty that we’ve got another loaded mixtape this week as Ian pays tribute to Mariusz Lewandowski with all his selections revolving around albums that share the late artist’s master touch such as cuts from Abigail Williams and Xenobiotic, Anton brings some heat with the newest Conan, Jon picks the insane new Ken Mode, Vincent drops one from Acephalix, Angela includes Wailin Storms (check out her review), Chris goes down an insanely good 80s thrash rabbit hole with choice cuts from Toxik, Coroner, and others, and I drop a live session from Burst, the new BANGER from Megadeth, and a new one from Karl Sanders. But, that’s only naming a few as we’ve got way more in store right behind that play button below. So, play it loud and piss off the neighbors.