CANTO: Testament, Gatecreeper, Haunter, and More

The times… well, they certainly are a-changin’.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 208 (12.04.2021)

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It’s late…so late I can barely keep my eyes open. As I write this I’m coasting on the fumes of a Brown’s Oatmeal Stout and Bloodmoon: I, the collaboration between Converge, Stephen Brodsky and Chelsea Wolfe. The week was rough, and we’re staring down the barrel of some serious evil, so why not grab a drink and toast to the end of the world, huh? Maybe the 208th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist is the one that plays as the world burns to ash…we’ll see.

We’re kicking things off with some classic Gwar before turning to a pair of great black metal tracks I recently discovered from Ferriterium and svrm. Vincent reminds us that Eight Bells are back after a long absence, and tunes into my wavelength with some sonic heaviness courtesy of Boris. Anton continues to hold down the fort with the newest single from post-metal masters Cult of Luna but sprinkles in some madness with Dessiderium. Then it’s Buke’s turn and he holds the classic metal torch high, blazing the light on some Death Angel, Edge of Sanity, and Entombed. Want something a little more extreme? Josh reminds us how incredible Imperial Triumphant are with a cut from their new live set, and also hammers us with some Alchemy of Flesh and Bongzilla. Angela gets some fury in as well, bringing in Carcass and MØL before Vincent takes us home with the latest from 40 Watt Sun.

Let’s do better, humanity. I’m tired and just want to see the daylight…preferably with some good tunes in my ears.

Chris

CANTO: Arch Enemy, Death Angel, Dying Hydra, and More

Metal internet continues to prove incredibly stupid… aside from this little project obviously.

  • Leading things off, we have Arch Enemy, who released a new single and video titled “Deceiver, Deceiver”. The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus, which is always notable. I feel like it’s been a bit since we got anything new from Arch Enemy, so I’m pretty about all this.
  • Arising Empire have added a new name to their roster in hardcore collective Thrown. To mark the occasion, the band also released their debut single and video, titled “grayout”. Feel free to purchase or stream that right here.
  • Finnish melodic death metal crew Re-Armed are celebrating their 20-year journey with the release of a new EP, titled simply XX. That will officially be released on January 27th through Inverse Records, but feel free to give “As the Stars Align” a listen right now.
  • Since I’ve been listening to a ton of doom today, I’m going to toss in the new track from Dying Hydra as well. It’s called “Earliest Root”, and can be viewed over here.
  • We’ll wrap up Thursday with Death Angel. Their new live album, The Bastard Tracks, drops on November 26th through Nuclear Blast. The clip below for “Where They Lay” can be viewed immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Testament, Azazel, Bzask, and More

Alright. Only a few more days until I’m in the woods. Let’s do this!

  • Let’s start with news out of Nuclear Blast. “The Bay Strikes Back Tour”, featuring Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel, kicks off (kind of) with the Blue Ridge Rock Festival on September 9th and runs through November 27th. Lots of dates, lots of fun. Pre-sales start tomorrow, and everything else goes on sale this coming Thursday, July 1st.
  • Columbus-based rock collective Beartooth have announced “The Journey Below” streaming event. That is scheduled for July 14th, and supports their new album, Below, which is out now through Red Bull Records. Check out a trailer for the event here.
  • Canadian metal festival Loud As Hell is making its return this summer, July 30th through August 1st, basically a month following the easing of restrictions. The lineup is still to come, which is kind of gnarly considering this is only a month away. Either way, weekend passes are available here for those interested.
  • Finnish black metal project Azazel have announced September 24th as the release date for Aegrus Satanas Tecum. That marks the third full-length effort, which will be out through Primitive Reaction. Check out the new track, “Demons Attack the Nun’s Chapel”, right here.
  • And we’ll wrap up Monday with the new video from Brzask, for “In the Forest of Karkonosze”. Pretty sure that’s a standalone single? Not sure. But if you want some more black metal in your day, have at it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Death Angel, Horna, King Parrot, and More

One more for the week. Only. One. More.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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