CANTO: Gaerea, Equilibrium, Wayfarer, and More

How come everything explodes at work right at the end of the day?

  • Anyway, let’s talk about Gaerea, who are still riding the momentum following the very impressive Limbo, are already back in the studio recording a new album. We can expect that next year at some point, through Season of Mist.
  • Wayfarer have announced two exclusive performances next January. The first is scheduled for the 22nd at Saint Vitus, and the second for the 28th at The Bluebird Theater in Denver. That Vitus date is a performance with Falls of Rauros, and having seen that exact lineup in recent years, I can confirm that you absolutely cannot miss that show if you are in NYC.
  • Nightwish confirmed the North American dates of the “HVMAN. :||: NATURE.” world tour. They run from May 4th through the 22nd, and basically go coast to coast. Check out a trailer for the tour right here.
  • Closing with Equilibrium is always a good idea, so here’s the new clip for “Met (20 Years Later)”. There are a ton of guests in that reimagining of the first Equilibrium song ever, so definitely take a few minutes to check it out below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Forêt Endormie’s Jordan Guerette on new album Une voile déchirée, Using French as a Lyrical Basis, Pandemic Effects, Fire In the Mountains, Handling Creative Overlap Between Bands, and so Much More!

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Portland Maine’s Forêt Endormie recently released their second full length Une voile déchirée which sees the band further their vision of apocalyptic chamber folk with the theme of place and how it relates to each individual that experiences it for themselves. Since 2016, their music has been unique in not only sound but in the effect it has when enjoyed in the right setting. Head below for an amazing conversation surrounding this album and a ton more!

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 146 (9.12.2020)

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Welcome again to our Saturday morning playlist series. This week, we’ve got a truckload of good death metal for you including a new single from Dark Tranquillity, some prog/folk/rock courtesy of Little Tybee, and some classic Beastie Boys for good measure. All this and more of what we’ve been listening to in our off hours down below.

– Vincent

CANTO: Migration Fest 2020, The Black Dahlia Murder, System of a Down, and More

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That superb owl wasn’t superb at all.

  • This came through last Friday but I was too busy doing mountain things. But… holy shit everyone this Migration Fest lineup is absurdBuried at Sea, Falls of Rauros, and Thou performing with Emma Ruth Rundle are the sets I’m most looking forward to. How about you?
  • The Black Dahlia Murder have announced an upcoming tour with Testament, Municipal Waste, and MeshiaakThose dates fall in April and May. I plan on doing everything I can to get to that one.
  • Faith No More, System of a Down, and Korn are teaming up to play a massive stadium show at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on May 22nd. Additional support will come from Russian Circles and Helmet. That is a pretty damn wild one-off show.
  • And we will wrap up with a new video from Northwind Wolves. This one is for “Lord of Winter and Death”. A little symphonic metal on a Monday afternoon, I suppose. Their latest, Mountains And Darkness, is out now through Black Lion Records.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2019: Vincent’s List

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I always have a tough time with these introduction things when it comes to End of Year lists.  The temptation is to sum up the year with some anecdotes about what it meant to me and how the music I loved played into it.  Yet what could I say about a year that was such a mixed bag for me?  On a personal note, my mental health took an all-out nosedive last year that I’m still trying to claw my way out of, yet my partner and I got engaged and are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together (not that we weren’t already, but you get the point).  The weight of the worst depression and anxiety I’ve ever faced affected my ability to connect to a lot of the music I heard last year, yet I started a column on here that lead me back to a genre of music I had not seriously kept up with for some time, and in doing so I found a little piece of myself again.  Years are years are years, and life is cyclical and spiralic in nature.  I won’t pretend there weren’t good things to come out of last year, just as I won’t pretend there won’t be hard times in the year ahead.  But I will always have a carefully curated soundtrack to help me along the way, and below represents what helped me get through 2019.   Continue reading