The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 242 (7.30.2022)

Yep, you get me again for this, the 242nd edition of The Nine Circles Playlist. And we’ve got a good one for you this week as Vince drops a new one from A Pregnant Light and a little something from Enslaved, Ian drops a track from Imperial Triumphant and channels Vince with a The Mountain Goats pick, Chris gives us the new one from Ghost and an Asunojokei pick as well as another excellent Bill McClintock mash up “Holy Mary Jane,” Angela reminds us just how good the latest from Zeal & Ardor is, and I dig deep into the new Goatwhore and Lorna Shore. All that, and tons more in store right behind that play button below. So, did you piss off the neighbors last week? NO!? Well, you get another chance to do it right now…crank it.

Josh

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 224 (3.26.2022)

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Holy shit…we’re already a quarter of the way through the year? Are you kidding me!?!? It’s funny how time plays tricks on you: it feels like the year just kicked off, but as the same time it feels like it’s been an eternity since the world was normal (if it ever was). Last night for the first time in over two and half years I went to a show and it…was…okay? I don’t think I’ll ever be completely comfortable being packed like cattle in a too-hot room with hundred of other sweaty bacteria-laden bodies, but man was it great to catch that vibe of live performance again. So you’ll forgive me if I open the 224th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with some tunes that speak to the heart of my comeback concert.

Don’t worry, though: I think the rest of the 9C gang has the metal covered for you. Josh is first out of the gate this week with the newest from Jungle Rot, and some killer music from Enslaved, Stabbing, Thou, and a slick mashup I won’t spoil. Anton brings the new brutal with a terrifying video from Cult Burial, Katharos XIII, and the latest from Ufomammut. Vincent sticks to more sedate waters with more Orville Peck and Midwife, but throws in som vintage Depeche Mode and than some nasty death with Hath. I don’t like playing favorites (except when it’s Buke) but Angela has fast been proving to be a veritable fountain of great recommendations, and this week she brings it with NOÊTA, Chalk Hands, and a killer new track from the mighty hardcore legends Terror. And if that wasn’t enough Buke comes in to clean up with Anthrax, Kvaen, Druid Lord, Mystifier, and some Joe Walsh of all people before finally tucking us in with some Dio.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Wo Fat, Enslaved, The Wraith, and More

Last one of these this week, because apparently I’m flying somewhere tomorrow.

  • Let’s lead off with some new Wo Fat! The psychedelic doom veterans unveiled an epic new 14-minute single titled “Orphans of the Singe”. Check it out here. That’s taken from their upcoming new album, The Singularity, which drops on May 6th through Ripple Music.
  • Sharing Enslaved happenings is pretty much automatic these days. Check out the live clip for “Bounded By Allegiance” here. The footage for that Isa track was captured during last year’s streaming event, The Otherwordly Big Band Experience.
  • We’re also big fans of Falls of Rauros. Key To A Vanishing Future is streaming in full over at Brooklyn Vegan, just in case you couldn’t wait until Friday. That one will be out through Gilead Media.
  • Recently signed to Nuclear Blast, Horizon Ignited have set July 1st as the release date for their label debut, Towards The Dying Lands. The video for the first single, “Reveries”, can be viewed here.
  • We’re going to close out the day with The Wraith. The video for “Toil” (from 2019’s Gloom Ballet) has surfaced as a tribute to frontman Davey Bales, who sadly passed away a couple months ago. RIP. Give it a watch below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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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