Best of 2021: Angela’s List

Best of 2021

2021 was…. a bit much.  We will take each day at a time cautiously in 2022 and try not to spook it.  While 2021 brought a hefty amount of unpredictability and chaos, some wonderful things were forged in the turmoil.  This was a really great year for music, and I have many albums that I want to shout about from the rooftop, but I am keeping it concise and calling out my Nine Circles nine (we love a good theme).  Once again, I am one of the last of the bunch of wonderful writers here to post my year end list as my indecisiveness and overthinking ruined the party again.  However, I did participate in the group list (though my albums have shifted a bit…) and also the Best of 2021 Audio Thing (which was a blast).

Here are my top nine personal favorites as well as a list of honorable mentions and non-metal albums that brought me some joy this past year.

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CANTO: Dark Funeral, Converge, Power Paladin, and More

2022 is off to as bad of a start as I could have expected.

  • Converge have announced a run of shows with Full of Hell, Thou, and Uniform. Those dates are in March. Purchase tickets, and find more information, right here.
  • The cover art for With The Magic Of Windfyre is incredible, so we’ll shared the new video from Power Paladin for “Creatures Of The Night”. Give it a watch here. That debut album is out now through Atomic Fire Records.
  • If you need a little metalcore in your life today, check out remastered version of “Good Stories” from Annisokay. Their latest album, Aurora, has a new special edition dropping on February 4th, which you can pre-order at that link.
  • German blackened death project Mystic Circle are releasing their self-titled comeback album on February 4th through Atomic Fire Records. Check out “Belial Is My Name” right here.
  • We’ll wrap up the week with the latest from Dark Funeral. Check out the clip for “Let the Devil In” directly below. We Are The Apocalypse is set for a March 18th release through Century Media, and preorders are up here.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2021: Ian’s Honorable Mentions

Best of 2021

I really like honorable mentions.  When people talk about their favorite albums of any given year, I think I am actually more interested in by what *almost* made the cut than what took the number one spot.  It’s so interesting to see where the absolutely arbitrary line gets drawn between “the best” and “the still pretty fucking good”.  Once again, I find myself truly hashtag blessed to be in another year where there was so much good metal that I couldn’t bring myself to write just one list.  As always, just because these are honorable mentions doesn’t mean they’re not worth your time.  This list is just a musical amuse bouche before the real thing, but it is nonetheless delicious on its own.

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CANTO: Converge, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Dark Funeral, and More

Last one of the week, before I head out for a long weekend. Also in the mountains, but different mountains. Kind of.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 199 (10.2.2021)

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Good morning and welcome to another Nine Circles mixtape. This time around, we’ve got an excellent new collaboration between Converge and Chelsea Wolfe, Der Weg Einer Freiheit in 360 degrees, Capra live from Knotfest, and a killer audio/visual experience from Archspire. All that and more down below.

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