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.
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.
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.
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.
Dark Funeral has announced a new album, their first since 2016’s Where Shadows Forever Reign. Slated for a March 18th release, We Are The Apocalypse will be out through Century Media. In addition, they also have a release show lined up on the 19th with Samael and Eleine, which is pretty awesome.
We’re going to close today with Der Weg einer Freiheit, because of course we are. If I wasn’t already anticipating Noktvrn enough, this new track featuring The Devil’s Trade, titled “Immortal”, just took things a step further. It’s an absolute masterpiece. As a reminder, that album is out on November 19th through Season of Mist.
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.