Since every minute of every day in this year of our Lord 2020 seems hyperattenuated to *gestures vaguely at all of this*, you don’t need me to remind you of anything. If you are reading this, you survived, and I hope that continues. While I count mine (and my family’s) survival as the accomplishment of the year, other things I didn’t hate were the Domestikwom EP I put out in June titled Wallowing in Misery, along with launching a full fledged website for fellow Nine Circler Chris and I’s movie podcast Cinema Dual.
I was also able to pull focus long enough to check out some albums this year, and unlike the year that spawned them, I was pretty impressed. Hopefully you find something you like or even something new. Best of luck next year. Continue reading →
In 2020, time became a melting flat circle and the concept of eternal recurrence became far too real, mundane and inescapable. Thankfully the high quality of metal released during the year provided solace, perspective and inspiration that helped endure the blizzard of blurring days, weeks and months. Time lost all structural integrity and meaning also in the sense that you will find full-length albums, EPs and even single-track releases on my list, owing to their excellence, innovation, enjoyability, distinct identity and sound as well the evolutionary leaps the featured bands took. The fact that I could omit from my list so many fantastic releases, from the likes of Afterbirth, Havukruunu, Mare Cognitum & Spectral Lore, Serocs, Sweven, Wake and Wills Dissolve, is simply indicative of the sheer quantity of stellar-grade metal in 2020. The list is long and full of flowery prose elaborating why these particular releases resonated with me, so enough with the prefacing.
Welcome back, weekend warriors, to another edition of our Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This week, we’ve got a re-recording of classic Clutch featuring Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, another Two Minutes to Late Night cover, and new music from Stormkeep, which is almost single-handedly saving this week for me. These, plus more, at the link below.
Morning, y’all. What a weird world we’re waking up in. #Brexit actually happened yesterday, and while I hesitate to make knee-jerk, YOU’RE ALL FUCKED pronouncements here — I won’t pretend to know enough about the intricacies of it all to do so — it’s admittedly hard not to focus on it in the aftermath. I spent last night glued to Twitter in the wake of it all and didn’t get a ton of sleep, so our weekly whole new-metal distraction is most definitely a welcome one.
So, the new-metal distraction. What’ve we got this week? Well, somewhat appropriately, we start with Thèmes pour la rébellion, the latest from Québécois separatists Forteresse. Beyond that, we’ve got a new album from Mercyful Fate legends Michael Denner and Hank Shermann under their Denner / Shermann moniker, and new stuff from Völur, Kayo Dot and more. Check all that out below. For now, I’m back to the Twitter: Continue reading →
One of the great things about music, especially metal in its infinite subgenres, is how personal it can be on a situational level. Be it a physical environment or a state of mind, we create certain playlists that apply to certain situations and there really can be no substitute. Enter Countless Skies. The latest effort (and debut full length) from the English group, titled New Dawn, is an uplifting barrage of melodic death metal that forces an audience to reach a new level of existence. From the imagery to the music, it both inspires and creates a peaceful energy that is extremely difficult to turn away from. Continue reading →