The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 114 (2.1.2020)

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Jesus what a week.  I thought I might be done eulogizing after Neil Peart’s tragic passing, and then immediately following that post I found out Sean Reinert passed away.  I’ve never made it a secret that Human is my favorite death album, and as much as I love everything Chuck does, it’s because that album has what is, in my opinion, his best backing band.  The Reinert/Masvidal/DiGiorgio combination that lead to songs like “Together As One” and “Lack of Comprehension” was incomparably important to the world of heavy music, to say nothing of Reinert and Masvidal’s accomplishments in Cynic on top of that.  Heavy music lost nothing short of an icon, one of the best drummers in the game and a tireless voice for acceptance and inclusion in the world of heavy metal.  I’ll be feeling this loss for quite some time, but we can and will still celebrate the work Sean left us with. — (ed.) And, of course, Reed Mullin, RIP and fly on brother. Death needs to take a break.

– Vincent

CANTO: Cynic, Belphegor, Sonata Arctica, and More

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I ran ten miles and Liverpool won something. What a day.

  • Cynic have announced a reissue of their sophomore effort, Traced In Air. I mean, it’s only 11 years old, but I’m still going to check out this revision either way. It comes out on September 27th through Season Of Mist, but here’s a preview.
  • Belphegor have begun working towards a 2020 release. It will be their 12th studio album, and the anticipated release is sometime in the summer through Nuclear Blast. Here’s a snippet of a new track called “Sanctus Diaboli Confidimus”, that was recently performed live.
  • In case you missed it, Sonata Arctica are releasing a new album called Talviyö on September 6th. They’ve been dropping trailers in the build up to this, and today I’m happy to bring you the fourth installment of said trailers. This one focuses on band history and some other stuff. I think. I haven’t watched it yet.
  • Let’s close with some death metal. This is a lyric video from Abythic for a track called “Drifting Among Shadows”. Their sophomore effort, Conjuring the Obscure, drops on September 11th via Xtreem Music.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 17

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The guys look into the disappointing news around Cynic‘s (breakup?) then much more excitedly celebrate the No. 4 chart debut for Iron Maiden‘s new album, The Book of Souls. They then far-less-excitedly talk about the new Slayer album, Repentless. What can we say — it’s an episode of extremes!

All that and much, much more in Episode 17, so check it out!

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CANTO: Johan Hegg says things, Cynic gets dramatic, and Ex Deo is back!

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Happy Friday! As always, I’m going to exert no effort in this post today.

Prisons and stuff. Why the Hell not?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Cynic calls it quits (again), new Dimmu is on the way, and more!

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This coming weekend is going to be the last one where I have a reasonable amount of free time for awhile. Needless to say, it’s gonna get ultra aggressive. So that’s where my head is at… and it’s only Thursday.

I’m out. Time for beer.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey