CANTO: The Crown, Immortal, Northwest Terror Fest, and More

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1/8/2018. I have to work five days this week. GARBAGE.

  • The Crown have announced a new album, Cobra Speed Venom, will be out March 16th through Metal Blade. You can check out a new track called “Iron Crown” here.
  • The Northwest Terror Fest 2018 lineup is herePanopticon, Falls Of Rauros, False and so many more. This thing is loaded. I can’t go, but holy actual shit.
  • Abbath-less Immortal’s new album is complete! I don’t really know what to expect from it, but it sounds like it’ll be available for us later this year.
  • Yay! Another new track from Tribulation. This one is for “Lady Death”, off of the upcoming new album (obviously).

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2017: The Short List – Vincent’s Favorite EP’s and Demos

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As I’ve probably mentioned here before, I love EP’s and demos almost as much as I love full albums.  There’s something about the condensed goodness, coupled with my ever dwindling attention span, that makes me wish these little gems got their own recognition sometimes when it comes to year-end lists.  You have to be the change you want to see in the world though, right?  So here it is then: my list of favorite shorter releases from this year. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist: Vol. 3 (8.7.2017)

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Happy Monday everyone. It’s currently Sunday afternoon here in sunny Portsmouth and Josh and I are starting to get ourselves together for the Neurosis/Converge/Amenra show down in Boston tonight. So, I’m going to make this pretty efficient for you today because 1. There’s shit we need to do in a little while and 2. I’m slightly hungover and don’t have a ton to say. A brand new edition of our playlist is available for your listening pleasure below. Miss a playlist from either of the past two weeks? Fret not, you can check out all the playlists on our YouTube channel. That’s it from me. Have a good week! Continue reading

Album Review: False – “Hunger” (EP)

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Every band has to push their creative envelope at some point.  Sticking to your guns is a great thing, but making the same album with exactly the same sound and form again and again can lose it’s impact.  Sometimes it’s necessary to add elements from other genres of music to take things in a new direction.  Sometimes expanded production values are enough to breathe new life into the music.  So what do you do if you’re Minneapolis based black metal act False, who’s shortest track length in their entire discography is nine and a half minutes?  Why, you record a 7″ of course.  And while Hunger shakes the proverbial tree, it enables the band to focus in and deliver some of their best work ever. Continue reading

Concert Review: Migration Fest, Part 1

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Now that the dust has had time to settle over the past few weeks, I’m ready to start recounting the incredible experience that was my first trip to the Pacific Northwest for Migration Fest. Now, please keep in mind that the title this post is misleading. Calling this a ‘review’ may not be accurate. That would imply that there could have been some negative aspects of Migration weekend… and that just isn’t reality. No, this far better categorized as a recount. Or better yet, a praising. You may have also noticed that this is referenced as ‘Part 1’. I’ll cover Thursday (in part) and Friday here, and then offer my highlights of the other days… eventually. I didn’t feel like writing, not bombarding you, with about 2500 words of reading material in one sitting. You’re welcome.  Continue reading