Having only seen Mizmor once, and feeling the need to increase that number, we’ll start with some recently announced live dates. An upcoming August tour, mostly on the other side of the country as myself, will feature material from Cairn. Make that happen if you can.
Looks like Cradle of Filth have switched over to Napalm Records. I can definitely see that match working out, so I’m not going to question it. As a reminder, Cradle of Filth are on the road the next few weeks if you feel like adding another show to your schedule.
True black metal legion Hats Barn have set June 24th as the international release date of Y.a.HW.e.H, their sixth album. That will be out through Osmose, and purchase information is available here. We’ll check back when the first track drops later this month.
The Devil Wears Prada have announced summer tour plans, with Stray From The Path and Dying Wish. Those dates are in August and September, and tickets can be acquired here.
Hello you filthy bastards. I’m listening to metal again. Mainly metal that gatekeepers and other nitwits like to complain about, like the new Ibaraki project from Matt Heafy. So here’s a hearty middle finger to them, and to naysayers that have written off Cradle of Filth who (though sadly losing guitarist Richard Shaw) are 3-for-3 with killer records since signing to Nuclear Blast. And to the folks who continue to bitch about the second phase of Opeth: they’re going to HATE Mikeal Akerfeldt‘s soundtrack to the Swedish crime series Clark. I love it, so let’s kick off the 30th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with some.
Elsewhere in the 9C realm Anton kicks us off with a triptych of lengthy killer tracks, including In Twilight’s Embrace, the newest tracks from Bedsore off their split with Mortal Incarnation, and Haunter. Josh has been raving about Scars of the Flesh, so we have some for you in here along with a bevy of new music including Vølus, This Is Oblivion, Candy, and Morbid Cross. Vincent provides a brief respite with his beloved Mountain Goats, but quickly pulls you back under the waves with some righteous Wolfbrigade, Au-Dessus, and the first single from the upcoming Wake album. Ian reaches into the past with tracks by In Flames, Dawes, and The Bouncing Souls while Angela somehow channels my inner spirit (must have been in the cards) with some Black Sabbath, followed up by Electric Wizard, some BongBongBeerWizards, and Citizen which, as far as I can tell, is bereft of wizards, electric or otherwise. Finally Buke wraps us up nicely with a host of classic metal cuts, including King Diamond, Whiplash, Forbidden, Sodom, and Sabbat.
We can start with a new tour announcement, featuring Bewitcher and Nite. Those dates out west run through April, kicking off on the 17th in Boise. Tickets can be purchased here.
Danish collective Slaegt unveiled a new lyric video for “Deceived By An Amethyst” (technically Friday, I believe), which you can watch here. That’s a track taken from their new album, Goddess, which is out now through Century Media.
Why yes, we will close with the new video from Cradle of Filth. Taken from Existence Is Futile, check out the clip for “How Many Tears To Nurture A Rose?” below. That video premiered as part of their “Infernal Vernal Equinox Deadstream”, and now it’s available to everyone, which is cool.
How many weeks in a row have I said “if I can just get to Friday…”? Oh yeah, all of them.
One more (at least) massive tour announcement to share. Behemoth are heading back to North America with Arch Enemy, Napalm Death, and Unto Others. Those dates run from April 16th through May 15th, and tickets go on sale this coming Friday.
Cradle of Filth have announced “The Infernal Vernal Equinox” stream, scheduled for March 20th. They’ll be performing Dusk… and Her Embrace in full, along with other fan favorites. Tickets are available here.
It’s the first year I’m at a loss for words. I think I said everything I had to say about lists, and honorable mentions in my 2020 post. It’s really about finding those albums that affected and impacted you, and sharing some sense of why in the hopes they might do the same for someone else. Arguing about what’s missing makes no sense; it wouldn’t change the fact that these 15 records all did something to me to make me include them on this list. Sure, maybe I forgot something, but the fact I forgot it also says something (though it could very likely be saying that my memory is going) – but I tell you what; I’ll make the same agreement with you I always do. Anything you think I might have missed I will listen to again – it might not make my End of Year lists, but it can still make an impact on me, and in the end that’s what’s always the most important.