Best of 2020: Zyklonius’s List

Best of 2020

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.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 156 (11.21.2020)

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Good morning and welcome again to our Nine Circles weekly mixtape. This Saturday, we’ve got a track from one of my all-time favorite albums to bust out as the weather gets colder, a track from the new Dark Buddha Rising album, and the lead single from the forthcoming new Emptiness album. All that and more at the link below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 152 (10.24.2020)

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Good morning and welcome to another Nine Circles Saturday morning playlist. This week, we’ve got new Tombs, old Cap’n Jazz, some trippy Dark Buddha Rising, and so much more. Check it all out below.

– Vincent

Album Review: Waste of Space Orchestra – “Syntheosis”

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How do you describe something that defies description at every turn?  What does ‘avant-garde’ even mean when you are so far removed from your peers that you don’t even seem to notice them? George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is not necessarily your go-to spirit guide for examining and understanding boundary-pushing psychedelic metal, yet here we are, listening to Waste of Space Orchestra’s monumental Syntheosis and witnessing abstract concepts swirling and coalescing around us. True to Hegel’s dialectical method, concrete meets abstract and both are reconciled to pure absolute during the course of the album, in the sublime manner of an eternally recurring sonic metamorphosis equal parts primal and cerebral. Continue reading

CANTO: Waste of Space Orchestra, The Browning, Ignite, and More

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Cantos are less frequent during the holidays.

  • Here we go. Dark Buddha Rising and Oranssi Pazuzu will be releasing a new album together under the name of Waste of Space Orchestra next April through Svart Records. This is gonna be big.
  • The Browning will be hitting the road in early 2019. Dates are in March and April and they will be joined by Betraying the Martyrs and Extortionist.
  • Metal fans consume a lot of consumables. And by that I mean we like drugs and alcohol, in case you weren’t aware.
  • Ignite have released a new music video for “Nothing Can Stop Me.” If you’re feeling some melodic… hardcore… punk… this is for you. Check it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb