CANTO: Khemmis, Rotting Christ, Psychonaut, and More


I am intrigued by the tour announcements that have emerged today.

  • First off, we have Khemmis on the road with WAKE and Conjurer next April and May. The date closest to me is May 4th, and I leave May 5th for Ireland… but we’ll see what I can pull off. Anyway, tickets go on sale Friday at this location.
  • And then we have Rotting Christ, Carach Angren, Uada, and Gaerea. Those dates are also in North America, and fall in February and March. This one I should be able to pull off with fewer logistical challenges. Ticket links for each date on that run can be found here.
  • Pagan metal crew Heidevolk released a new single, along with a music video, titled “Drink met de Goden (Walhalla)”. That’s taken from their upcoming new album, Wederkeer, which is slated for a February 24 release through Napalm Records.
  • Violate Consensus Reality has been one of my favorite releases in 2022 (more on that in the coming weeks), so today we’re going to close out with the new Psychonaut video for “Hope”. Give it a watch below. That album is out now through Pelagic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Nine Circles ov…Albums We Didn’t Get To in 2022


It happens like it does every year: things fall through the cracks, promos don’t arrive, or we simply didn’t have the capacity to cover everything we want to cover, let alone everything that comes out in a calendar year. At this point folks are finalizing end of year lists and maybe – just maybe – some of these records will be represented on them, and so some accounting was in order. Or it could just be that we needed some content this week, so I went through my folder of 2022 music and picked nine albums to briefly opine on for this latest edition of Nine Circles ov…

You decide.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 245 (8.20.2022)

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.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 233 (5.28.2022)

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Greetings, everyone! Corey coming at you with our weekly playlist this time, as Chris is off doing way more fun things than this. Meanwhile, I’m on Cape Cod for a wedding this weekend. A cold… rainy… bleak Cape Cod on Memorial Day weekend. Is that also more fun than this? Maybe. And just to pout a little bit, seeing all my friends MDFing this weekend has also brought some nostalgia feels. Oh well. At least I have a fridge full of Tree House to entertain myself with up to and (if I pace myself) through the Champions League Final. Now that’s a tradition on this holiday weekend that I do still very much enjoy and practice. ANYWAY.

Fortunately, even on these dreariest of Saturdays, we have these handful of songs to entertain ourselves with for a spell. This time around, part of the playlist is directly inspired by a very important album announcement from Blind Guardian, something we should all be celebrating. Beyond that, we covered quite the range this week. On the more gothic side of things we have some stuff from The Sisters of Mercy and Chelsea Wolfe, new material from Cavernlight and Behold! The Monolith to pummel you into the ground, and then a few classics from the likes of Entrails and Nasum, and, of course, so so much more. You know what to do. Hit that Play button below, and sit back and enjoy the grey.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Rotting Christ, Mournful Congregation, Tribulation, and More

Lots of fun stuff emerged today!

  • And we’ll lead off with Mournful Congregation. The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I EP is coming on May 27th through 20 Buck Spin, and a preview of that effort is ready for your consumption here.
  • From there, we should probably check out the new digital single from Tribulation, titled “The Dhampir”, which is meant to serve as a final sequel to Where the Gloom Becomes Sound. Give it a listen here.
  • Vile Creature and Bismuth dropped a surprised collaboration, A Hymn of Loss and Hope. This project was originally set for the 2020 edition of Roadburn, and now they’ve regrouped on it for the 2022 festival. Awesome.
  • Conjurer unveiled a new video, the first of a couple we’ll share today. Check out the clip for “Rot” here. Pathos is out on July 1st through Nuclear Blast.
  • We’re going to end the day with the awesome new single from Rotting Christ, which features Lars Nedland of Borknagar. It’s titled “Holy Mountain”, and it is all kinds of fun. This happens to be exactly what I needed in my life today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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