All In: The Nine Circles Combined Staff Top 9 of 2019

Best of 2019

In a few short weeks another year will finally kick the bucket.  At this point most of us are on autopilot, dead-walking through a daze of days gesturing in the fervent hope we can pass as having some semblance of work ethic until the clock turns over and it’s back to the same old song and dance again in the Year of Our (Loud) Lord 2020.

Until then, we managed to pry some choice picks of 2019 from the gnawed fingers of the 9C staff.  We’ve crunched the numbers, tallied the votes, screwed up and tallied them again, and came up with the first ever (unless I’m wrong… it’s too late and I’m too lazy to check) Nine Circles Combined Staff Top 9 for the year.  It’s basically a Nine Circles ov… Nine Circles, v. 2019. So enough procrastinating… hit that link and let’s do this thing. Continue reading

CANTO: Enslaved, Deathwhite, Woorms, and More

 

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Boston tomorrow. Lots of things to share tonight.

  • I caught this late last night, so I obviously need to share it today. Migration Fest 2020 details. The Gilead/20 Buck Spin festival dropped the first round of bands for next year, and highlights include Falls of Rauros, Yellow Eyes, False, and Vastum. If you follow either of these labels, those names won’t surprise you. But that doesn’t make it any less exciting!
  • Deathwhite has revealed that their next album, titled Grave Image, will be out on January 31st through Season Of Mist. I really enjoyed their debut, and if the first single from this effort is any indication, we could be in for another tremendous listen in a couple more months.
  • More album updates. Remember that killer album from Woorms that dropped just this past January, titled Slake? Well, we get even more Woorms this coming March. Twitching, as Prey will be released through The Hospital and Sludgelord Records. Here’s a new track, called “Silence and the Saints”. Pretty sure the album name in the caption is wrong but what are ya gonna do?
  • In case anyone needed an Enslaved update, I’m happy to report that they have re-signed with Nuclear Blast. They’ve been working together for about a decade, with excellent results I might add, so this is a good thing. With the announcement, the band also dropped a music video for “What Else Is There”. That particular number is a cover of the Röyksopp song and features as a bonus track on E.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Falls of Rauros live at Geno’s Rock Club, 7.24.2019

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Band: Falls of Rauros

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Geno’s Rock Club, Portland, Maine

Date: July 24, 2019

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Falls of Rauros was July 2019’s Album of the Month!

With some last minute injuries our Scholar of the First Sin, Hera, is called from the bench to lead Episode 26 of the Nine Circles Audio Thing! Together with Vincent and Charles the depths are plumbed and gauntlets are thrown concerning the many, many virtues of Patterns in Mythology, the latest from black/folk/all kinds of metal Falls of Rauros – our Album of the Month selection for July 2019! Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 89 (7.27.2019)

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Folks, it’s Saturday. The day that felt like it’d never come. But alas and long week be damned it’s time for whatever it is you do when you’re not paying the bills. And of course we’re here to help soundtrack the whole thing with another loaded playlist of the things we’ve been jamming this week. We’ve got tons of death metal, some hardcore..ish sludge, a little bit of black metal, a lot of stuff in between, and we close the whole thing down with a tribute to Des Kensel who just announced his departure from High On Fire, sad news. Go, hit the play button, and let the rough side drag. Oh, if you were subscribed to our YouTube channel you could’ve had this playlist last night so do that right here.

– Josh