Best of 2020: Ian’s Honorable Mentions List

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A lot of things about this past year sucked, but the one thing that absolutely didn’t was the music.  Between the scheduled releases and the surprise ones few were expecting, it’s been a stellar year of powerful, emotionally charged music, and I’ve been in a very fortunate position to be able to sit back and take it all in.  So fortunate, in fact, that I couldn’t contain a year end list to just one article.  So, here’s the first installment, the honorable mentions.  Truthfully, any of these albums could have ended up on the “main” list on a different day, so really, this is just my way of extending the fun and talking about more of my favorite albums.

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The Third Circle of Bandcamp: June 2020 Edition

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Something about summer. I always find my tastes changing a bit during the hot months, and layer on month four of working from home, never going to stores or seeing friends, and I find myself less and less drawn to the depressing and soul crushing metal that is normally my utter jam. So this month it’s a little more upbeat, a little more positive, a little more energetic, and of course, angry. Because there’s still so so much to be angry about.

Anyway, welcome to June.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 136 (7.4.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning mixtape. This week, Chris is on a hardcore kick, Josh gives you a classic Josh pairing of country and death metal (not in the same song mind you), and I’ve got hip-hop on my mind. Check it all out below.

– Vincent

Album Review: Dismalimerence — “Tome: 1”

When I was searching for something to review this week, I was really excited to run across a name I instantly recognized.  Dismalimerence are local to me, and I saw them open for Wayfaerer and the almighty Saor the last time they came to Chicago.  In spite of the fact that they were on a bill with two absolute powerhouses, they put on a very memorable performance and when I saw Tome: 1 on our list, I knew I had to snag it.  I definitely was not let down.  This is an album that is unabashedly My Brand™. Continue reading