The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 229 (4.30.2022)

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Happy Walpurgisnacht. That’s a thing with the metal community, right? I can’t keep up with your predilections. I think I hit the wall a few days ago listening to new music, stuff bouncing off me with little to no connection. Does everyone go through this? I’m sure it will come back, but for now I think I’m going to leave the 229th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist to the staff who have been going slow, hard, and deep into the metals for your weekly listening pleasure.

Vincent takes the lead this morning with some new Terzij de Horde and a little nugget from the last Deafheaven album. Then a surprise appearance from our Literati Overlord who has been over the moon with the new single from Saor. He also throws in some Nite, Dark Funeral, and a cut from site fave King Dude. Have you ever known Josh not to bring the ridiculously heavy? This week he comes in hot with Scepticflesh, Black Void, Unholy Pestilence, and Kanine. Anton can always be relied on to present new music, and he doesn’t disappoint with tracks from Spook the Horses, Final Light and Path of Might. Angela looks to challenge Josh for heaviest music with something from the new Mizmor/Thou collaboration, some Primitive Man (making its second appearance in two weeks), and a buzzing dose of punk and hardcore from the great Fucked Up before wrapping with some Astronoid. Finally Buke takes us home with a bevy of songs, including Iron Maiden, Pharmacist, Power Trip, Tom Waits, UFO, and some new Rammstein to close it up.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

Initial Descent: March 13 – 19, 2022

Black Fucking Cancer

I’ve been smack dab in the middle of hunting a particular album to no avail now for over a week. Most of us can feel that pain in one way or another. I know, I know; first world problems, right? Well, it has distracted me from real world problems such as a war, stupid gas prices, and all that sort of stuff that would fill an asshat to the brim. So, there’s that. Salty for a Monday…I’ll admit. ANYWAY, This week’s batch of new music has exactly the kind of pummeling my brain and body demands right now with black metal from Black Fucking Cancer and Dark Funeral and a pair of wicked death metal albums from Hellfrost and Fire and Aeviterne. These will definitely be my salt in the wounds for this week, but there’s also a healthy list of bruisers in the list that follows. Plenty here to pick your poison with this week…DO IT!

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CANTO: Weedeater, Visions of Atlantis, Dark Funeral, and More

I’m going to a concert tomorrow. Like, a real one. Weird. Yet, exciting.

  • I know this is coming in super later, so I’ll try and keep this succinct. Weedeater has announced a super dope U.S. tour with Rebelmatic and others. Those dates run from early April to early June, and tickets can be acquired here.
  • Visions of Atlantis are releasing a new album on May 13th through Napalm Records, titled Pirates. That seems appropriate. Pre-orders are live at this location, and the first single and video, “Legion of the Seas”, is available here.
  • Scottish death/thrash collective Tyrannus have announced a new album, titled Unslayable. Physical copies are available here through True Cult Records, and be sure to check out “A Worse Reality” when you have a few minutes to burn.
  • And we’ll close out with the new video from Dark Funeral. Check out “Leviathan” below. Technically, that came out a couple days ago, but whatever. We Are The Apocalypse is out on March 18th through Century Media. I trust that it’s good, but I’m still looking forward to finding out for myself.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 218 (2.11.2022)

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Thank whatever gods you lay your oblations to, because if we were basing the 218th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist solely on my recent listening history, it would be nothing but the new Zeal & Ardor. I wrote two reviews this week for Nine Circles – for two excellent albums – but the new self-titled release by Manuel Gagneux is something for the ages. For form’s sake I also added new tracks by Vicious Knights and All Them Witches so not to seem too biased.

But that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Anton wants to make sure everyones gets in on Cailleach Calling, Tomarum and Gloson. Josh is going in hard with the latest from Midnight, Kreator and Dark Funeral, but then turns around and reminds you that Blue Murder was a kickass band back in the day. Vincent rolls out some Rolo Tomassi for the second week in a row, sprinkles in some Holy Fawn and ends on another recurring track with some Mitski. Angela can always be counted on to bring something fresh to the proceedings, and she doesn’t disappoint with tracks from Konvent, Greet Death, and the great collaborative album from Pijn and Conjurer. Finally, Buke roars in with some new Mortuary Drape, Vio-lence, Vanum, and Walg.

Get listening. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Sylvaine, Dark Funeral, Destruction, and More

Today has been such a long week.

  • We’ll lead off with the new track from Sylvaine for “Nova”. That’s the title-from from the new album, which is set for a March 4th release through Season of Mist.
  • Thrash metal veterans Destruction have announced a North American headlining tour this coming April and May. Support will come from Nervosa and Sunlord, and you can find the full schedule here.
  • NYC experimental tech death collective Aeviterne dropped a new track today, titled “The Gaunt Sky”. That’s taken from The Ailing Facade, which drops on March 18th through Profound Lore.
  • Death/industrial outfit To End It All have a brief run of shows over on that other coast this coming April, which I kind of wish I could be part of. Learn up on those dates here.
  • I’ve made a habit of closing with new Dark Funeral as their tracks have become available. No different today. Below is the clip for “Nightfall”. Yet another reminder that We Are The Apocalypse is out on March 18th through Century Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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