CANTO: Machine Head, Down, Enslaved, and More

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“Left alone with no will, walking in footsteps of the fallen. Blinded by lack of reason, indulging the tales of doom.”

  • Machine Head dropped a new lyric video today for “Bulletproof”, a track taken from their recent two track single Civil Unrest. Snag the tracks here, and check out the clip here.
  • Down is celebrating the 25th anniversary of NOLA with a live stream event scheduled for August 29th. The band will, appropriately, perform the album in its entirety, with proceeds from the ticket sales benefiting the United Houma Nation.
  • I’m getting more and more excited for Utgard, so let’s take a peak that this most recent album trailer from Enslaved. A reminder, that album drops on October 2nd through Nuclear Blast.
  • And we’ll close with a new, but not that new, video from Lyria for “Run To You”. Why? Because it was shot in a god damn forests and forests are god damn awesome. Have at it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 140 (8.1.2020)

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Did we get the date wrong in the title of last week’s column? When time has no meaning anymore, who can say? All we know is that THIS week’s playlist is jammed full of a diverse mix of what we’ve all been listening to this week, from Anhedonist (RIP Kim Harrington and thank you for some of my favorite riffs ever written) to Obsidian Kingdom’ new single, to Margo Price and Diarrhea Planet. Get in there and find something good.

– Vincent


The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 139 (8.1.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist. We’ve got a house full of new picks from Judicator, Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, and much more. There’s bound to be something you’ll like in there, stop what are you waiting for?

– Vincent


CANTO: Amaranthe, Enslaved, Heilung, and More

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“Blinded by lack of reason, indulging the tales of doom.”

  • Amaranthe have officially canceled their North American tour with Seven Spires and Battle Beast. Those dates were supposed to fall mostly in August and September, so the canceling is understandable.
  • Remember those awesome upcoming Enslaved performances we’ll be able to watch from the comfort of our own homes? Well the July 30th edition just got better. The band has invited the fans to help curate the setlist.
  • Heilung have also made the decision to postpone their performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, which was scheduled for this coming October. The new date is set as October 5th, 2021.
  • We’ll close with some solid black metal from Somniate. This track is called “Of Fragrance and Light” and is taken from their debut album, The Meyrinkian Slumber, which drops on June 30th through Lavadome Productions.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Enslaved, Dawn Ray’d, Ensiferum, and More

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“A hammer not for building, but for breaking the glass. For bending the passion of days to the deeper will.”

  • Enslaved have announced a cinematic summer tour. In coordination with three different festivals, Enslaved will present three different shows on July 30th, August 20th, and September 30th. I plan on witnessing… all of them.
  • Dawn Ray’d are planning a limited edition release of Behold Sedition Plainsong, with proceeds benefiting Refugee Rescue. It will be available this coming Friday through Bandcamp (a day when Bandcamp is also waiving all fees).
  • In case you wanted the full lineup of Record Store Day releases coming our way in a few months, you can find everything here. I’ve got my eye on a couple of things, but we’ll see what happens.
  • We previously shared Ensiferum‘s new track “Rum, Women, Victory”, and now we have a video to accompany it that features fan-submitted content. Thalassic drops on July 10th through Metal Blade Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb