CANTO: Enslaved, Voivod, August Burns Red, and More

Whoa. Finally back at this thing after what has been a very hectic first half of the week.

  • I’m aware this news may be a couple days old, but I don’t really care. We start with Enslaved, who announced “The Otherworldly Big Band Experience”. The virtually streamed concert will take place on December 21st, with tickets and bundles available here. That event, of course, celebrates the release of the Caravans To The Outer Worlds EP that dropped last month.
  • Voivod have a new album coming early next year! Synchro Anarchy will be out on February 11th through Century Media. This doesn’t come as a complete surprise, since they were active last year in releasing Lost Machine – Live and all that. But still, good news is good news.
  • Skeletal Remains and Vitroil are joining Defeated Sanity on the Sanguinary Impetus tour next year. Those dates run from February 24th through March 26th.
  • August Burns Red dropped a live video for “Paramount”, a track taken from Guardians, and given how short I am on time today… this feels like a good note to end on. Check it out below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 206 (11.20.2021)

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That’s it: we’re officially in End of Year™ territory now. The big guns are coming out, as Decibel Magazine preemptively shared their Top 40 of 2021 prior to publication in the vain hopes of staving off blogs who simply post the list for views. I’d rather give them the props and the views, so head over there to check it out. In the meantime I’m on my fifth listen of the new Stormkeep and debating how high to have it on my own list. Because yeah…it’s gonna be there.

But enough of that. Welcome to Volume 206 of the Nine Circles Playlist, where we may or may not have some music that will appear on own own lists. In addition to our fearless editor Josh priming the pump with Stormkeep he’s heavily digging the latest from Hypocrisy and Sanguisugabogg. Angela has fallen hard for the hardcore punk coming from Fucked Up and the murky psychedelic cosmic stoner sounds of Tortuga. Buke never fails to bring the classic heavy to the list, so buckle up for some new retro courtesy of Haunt and Traveler as well as old school flavor from Judas Priest. Jon emerges from the snowy depths of the Great North to champion new stuff from Archspire and Every Time I Die. Vincent wallows in the despair of heavier fare from Emma Ruth Rundle, Lantlôs, and Dream Unending. As for me? I’m sitting here in the CLOUDS with Enslaved, digging the skramz of Warren of Ohms, and am in hook line and sinker with Josh about the new single from outlaw country bastard Paul Cauthen.

Country as Fuck, folks. No better way to close out the playlist this week. See you next time!

Chris

Album Review:  DROTT — “Orcus”

Ready for something different, otherworldly, fresh and new?  Let me tell you about DROTT and this three-man band’s first full length release Orcus.  The band hails from Bergen in the west coast of Norway and is inspired by nature, superstition, and spirituality.  The album title is after Orcus, god of the underworld, punisher of broken oaths.  While this namesake brings dark themes and undertones, the feel of the album is not as heavy as one might think.  Musical style influences include metal, progressive rock, jazz, folk, classical and each influence can be detected throughout these compositions.  This makes it hard to classify the release, but I think part of the beauty of the album is that it does not NEED to be classified since it does not fit perfectly into any box and brings a little something for everyone.

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Initial Descent: September 26 – October 2, 2021

Bummer

Did you find a ton of metal from last week that still has you reeling? I, for one, certainly did and between all the new release lists out there, Bandcamp, unknown, and surprise releases, if you didn’t find something I’d be shocked. And here we are with another new week and another new list of releases to sink your teeth into, as we do. This week we’ve got Bummer who continue to harsh your mellow with grueling sounds, Full of Hell return with another deathgrind beast, Xenosis successfully tick off all the tech death boxes, Enslaved are back with an EP that dives deeper and deeper into their progressive black metal, and, as always, there’s a ton more lying in wait below. So, another stacked week here on Initial Descent that’ll have everyone walking away with something. Enjoy.

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CANTO: Pain, Enslaved, Weedeater, and More

Scrambling to get this done because why the hell not?

  • So everyone needs to spend a lot of money on Bandcamp next week. There’s a Juneteenth fundraiser next Friday, the 18th, where 100% of Bandcamp shares are going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Do it. Do it. Do it. I already have plenty lined up… obviously.
  • Weedeater have announced a U.S. tour this coming August. Support will be in the form of Joe Buck Yourself and Adam Faucett, and the party starts August 20th in Ashville. Tickets can be accessed at this link.
  • There’s no such thing as too much Enslaved, so here’s a new live video for “Sacred Horse”. That footage is taken from the recent cinematic tour, and you can pre-order that bundle if you haven’t already, out through Nuclear Blast. I forgot the exact date.
  • Machine Head greeted us with a new 3-track digital single today, Arrows In Words From The Sky, and you stream some of that here. That is also brought to us by Nuclear Blast.
  • And we should certainly wrap things up with the new Pain music video for “Party In My Head”, which is a vibe I can 100% fuck with. No word on new Hypocrisy things, but I do like me some Peter Tägtgren activity all the same. That’s also on the various streaming platforms.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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