The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 172 (3.13.2021)

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Welcome to another Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This week, we’re sharing some of our favorite Entombed/Entombed A.D. cuts in honor of the life and legacy of L-G Petrov, a presence that left an undeniable mark on the world of death metal and extreme music as a whole. Plus, a whole slew of everything else we’ve been listening to. Tune in at the link below.

– Vincent

CANTO: Crown, Dirge, Vreid, and More

I am very tired today. Must be the fact that I exercised for a change?

  • We’ll start with Crown, because I’ve found myself listening to a lot of The End of All Things recently. They released a new video for “Illumination” today, the latest to drop in advance of the aforementioned album’s release. The End of All Things will be available on April 16th through Pelagic Records.
  • French post-metal collective Dirge have revealed a new track titled “Carrion Shine”. That’s taken from their upcoming new compilation album, Vanishing Point, which is set for a March 26th release through Division Records and the band’s own Blight Records.
  • Vreid premiered a new song and video over at Decibel, and that feels like something worth including today. “The Morning Red” is the latest taken from their upcoming new album, with accompanying film, Wild North West. That’s slated for an April 30th release through Season of Mist.
  • And now for something (relatively) different! Did you ever wonder what it would be like if a band like August Burns Red covered the “Westworld” theme song? Well, wonder no more! Honestly, I’m kind of into it. Fun fact: I’ve tried watching that show on three separate occasions and always end up getting lost.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2018: Zyklonius’ List

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Ah, 2018. What an absurd, exhausting and often infuriating ride you were, with death as my ubiquitous companion and co-pilot. You entailed on one hand a near-cataclysmic series of loved ones dying around me in rapid succession, while on the other, an ever-flowing stream of metal that helped make that maelstrom somehow survivable and acceptable for yours truly.

As you, the well-informed reader, likely noticed during the course of the year, and will see again when you read further below, 2018 was a banner year for death metal of all colors and shapes, but most and especially for the boundary-pushing kind that redefines and reconfigures the entire genre. Another type of metal that really resonated with me was one of transcendence and catharsis, of dreamlike journey, cosmic marvel and triumphant rebirth. Overall, the vast array of diverse evolutionary pathways, latest career pinnacles, and dazzling artistic growth and achievement in the field of metal was a compelling sight to behold and a wondrous thing to experience.

As further proof of the excellent and exciting state of metal today, albums worthy of inclusion in the below list continued to be released until the very final days of the year, resulting in perhaps the strongest December release-wise in recent memory.

With this succinct backdrop in mind, I offer the following 23 releases as a tribute to goddess Eris. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 56 (11.17.2018)

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As I write this I’ve got some furious death metal punching holes in my eardrums and some really freakin’ phenomenal bourbon coating my insides. So, a good Friday…wait, Saturday. I don’t know, it’s late or early – whatever. Anyway, Thanksgiving is closing in which, in the metal and music world in general, means EOY time. Yea, I saw the Decibel thing get blasted because some dope leaked it but I didn’t read ahead to see what they picked – all it really did was remind me that I’ve got to start whittling my own list down and decide on this year’s bounty (it’s a must that I stock my liquor cabinet well). Moving on, we’ve got another stacked playlist in store for you below that, more than likely, features songs that will be attending EOY parties across the globe. But the point to this is these are all songs we’ve been cranking lately and we wanted to share the joy. So, BEHOLD, Vol. 56 awaits…

Enjoy your weekend, Happy Thanksgiving, and we will be seeing you here next week.

– Josh