Best of Q3: Corey’s List

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I always appreciate these quarterly recaps that we do here at Nine Circles. With all the new music flying around week after week, month after month, it’s always good to take a minute to reflect on some of the better work we’ve been exposed to. The last few months have delivered a number of memorable albums from bigger names like Lamb of God and Amorphis, but at the same time a number of more obscure bands have forced their way into the periphery of many. My list has a bit of all that, so let’s take a look.

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Best of Q3: Manny-O-War’s List

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Here we are at the end of September. Another three months (or “quarter” as financially successful people refer to it) gone. Some high-quality releases were once again dumped upon the masses by some bands willing to take risks and explore new sounds. While not all of it was exceptional (or even listenable) some will be involved in a tight battle for a shot in the year’s top nine. Continue reading

Album Review: Cruciamentum – “Charnel Passages”

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Despite their links to other bands, Cruciamentum are a band completely of their own making. They are, brutally and without apology, a bludgeoning death metal act. Charnel Passages has a lot of pressure to live up to. Not only the band’s own short history but also that of it’s band members. While Charnel Passages might not be an immediate extension of Cruciamentum’s earlier work, it is, in its own right, a work not to be trifled with—a vision of a band finding it’s own brilliant sound. Continue reading

CANTO: Yngwie Malmsteen’s art, Cruciamentum’s new album stream, and more

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Today can die in a fire. Here’s what we’ve got for you:

  • Swedish shredder Yngwie Malmsteen is apparently into fine art now. That main piece is kinda awesome, but also TOTALLY Yngwie.
  • Cruciamentum are streaming their new album, Charnal Passages, over at Noisey. You should probably drop what you’re doing and take a listen.
  • Like yourself some old school Decapitated jams? You’re probably in for a bit of a bummer if you want to listen to their first four albums on your streaming service of choice.
  • Deafheaven guitarist Kerry McCoy spilled some details on the band’s upcoming album, New Bermuda. The metal traditionalists are just going to love the Oasis homage, I know it.
  • And finally, more footage from Rammstein‘s upcoming Rammstein in Amerika DVD. Here’s “Ich Tu Dir Weh”

That’s it. Later, kids.

Keep it heavy,