I had this enormous amount of words set to open this thing but opted for… not that. We’ve all lived through another year so there’s no need to reiterate. Instead, I’ll say that 2022 was great for me. It’ll be one of those years I’ll look back on as one that changed things for the better and I’ll have extremely fond memories of it for reasons I can’t mention here. But, I’ll also look back on it as a tremendous year for metal. And it doesn’t matter what strain you dig as pretty much all of it had a banner year. I know it seems like we’re a broken record saying that every year, but 2022 was damn strong. If you don’t feel the same, please rewind and revisit and get back to me. Otherwise, welcome to all the things that made a huge difference for me throughout the year and what was my 2022 soundtrack, what made the biggest impact…whatever, you get the idea. This list of 18…, wait…you ask “why 18?” Well, branding of course. We’re Nine Circles so you’ll get my top 9 and my 9 honorable mentions… and a few special mentions. 9C, as it was. So, let’s do it…Continue reading
The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 237 (6.25.2022)
“But wait, Chris! What happened to Episode 236 of the Nine Circles Playlist?!”
Sometimes playlists are just too wild to be contained on the webpage of a humble music blog. Even now, if you listen closely between the high pitched whine of the street lamps you can hear the fading tremolo picking and blast beats of a runaway playlist, foraging on the remains of boy bands (rest in peace, BTS) and the tattered remnants of forgotten 00s dub step. If you love something, set it free…but if you simply forget to post something at least make the story fun.
Anyway, let’s talk about the much more present edition, which is literally below for you to relish with your favorite accoutrements. Josh is kicking it off with the latest from Megadeth…maybe the best song they’ve done in 15 years or more. And if that doesn’t rock your world, the new Krisiun is even more brutal. Followed with a hefty dose of Lorna Shore you should be off to a great start. Anton gleefully shoves some Antigama, Aenaon, and Xenoglyph to ensure you have 100% of your extreme intake complete. Vincent gets a massive track from Scarcity on and is slowly fulfilling an unspoken promise to feature every track from Bloc Party‘s debut in the playlist. Hera fuels my nightmares with something called AWS which I am assured is not Amazon Web Services…unless it is? She also has White Ward, Apocalyptica, Leprous, and a great collaboration between Trent Reznor and Danny Elfman. Ian brings in some great new music from the likes of Wake, Saor, and Russian Circles, as well as a classic banger from Alexisonfire to celebrate the release of their new album. Finally Angela returns as a voice of calm and serenity, giving us soothing lullabies from the likes of Deathwhite, Silent Majority, Stay Inside, and Aptera, which I’ve also been enjoying immensely.
As for me? I’ll end the playlist this week with a few tracks you can expect to see me review in the coming weeks.
Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.
Album Review: Deathwhite — “Grey Everlasting”
I often forget how vast the doom metal genre really is. I fall into my favorite sub-sets, get comfortable, and forget to explore. Many bands fit under the doom umbrella but move in all sorts of directions and styles. One direction I have not dived too deeply into is melodic doom. Deathwhite‘s latest album Grey Everlasting seemed like the perfect place to plunge a little further. This band has been established now for ten years, so I would say they have some expertise in the genre. With two amazing full-length releases under their belt, Grey Everlasting marks the third and quite possibly the best yet from the quartet.Continue reading
CANTO: Deathwhite, Cave In, Deathbringer, and More
This busy week just got infinitely busier.
- Let’s open with Deathwhite. Grey Everlasting, an album I know many of us are excited about, is out on June 10th through Season of Mist. And today they dropped the latest single from that record, “White Sleep”, which you can stream here.
- Progressive death metallers Deathbringer released a new single recently, titled “A Place to Exist”. That one is taken from their July 15th sophomore release, IT, which will be available through Unique Leader Records.
- San Francisco gore metal crew Cartilage dropped a new video for “The Deader The Better”, the title-track for the new album dropping this Friday through Creator-Destructor Records. It’s a fun clip, with some familiar faces… so you know what to do.
- And, of course, we’re going to wrap up with the new track and video from Cave In, this one being for “Reckoning”. But that’s not all! They also have some live dates that unfortunately I won’t be able to catch. But you should! Anyway, Heavy Pendulum is out on May 20th through Relapse Records. Everyone at Nine Circles preordered it. Pretty sure at least.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 222 (3.12.2022)
Weird random though for the morning: although we’re often nostalgic for things from our youth, sometimes the things from our youth are not things from our youth, you catch me? I don’t know; I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Maybe it’s the music, so many new albums coming out that capture so succinctly the signatures of the sounds that came before it (*cough* Ghost) I’m caught in a revelry of the past. Don’t fear, though: I won’t let it influence the 222nd edition of the Nine Circles Playlist too much…
…but I will a little, kicking it off with a certain massive popular band who finally went all in on the hard rock/pomp of the 80s (*cough* Ghost). But man, if you haven’t also heard the latest from Drug Church get thee to a computer and rectify that post-haste. Hits the 90s indie hardcore rock so good, and they’re from my old stomping grounds of Albany, NY to boot. Elsewhere Anton brings up Siberia, Vital Spirit, and Autarkh III to get the nasty flowing. Vincent continues to champion site favorite Absent in Body and throws in some new music from Devil Master and Egregore as well as Bootblacks. Josh takes a break from his non-stop listening of Impera to get down with the OTHER site favorite Zeal & Ardor but also manages to make room for Corpsessed, King Dude, and a pair of outlaw country tunes, including the latest from Paul Cauthen. Buke can always be counted on with some choice classic cuts, and he does not fail this week, serving up some vintage KISS and Rainbow, but also hits with new cuts from Rammstein and Deathwhite (there’s some Anvil in there, too). And Angela comes in to remind that if the first quarter of 2022 was already stacked tooth gills with great music, we just got the new Messa, a new single from Conjurer, and the latest from Chelsea Wolfe.
Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.