Sometimes you make a snap judgement on an album. Sometimes in the heat of the moment with the hype and the accolades you convince yourself this or that record IS deserving of a place on the list. Sometimes that record takes the place of a record you find yourself listening to constantly years later.
It happens. Even when your annual end of year list(s) top out at close to 50 records after all the hemming and hawing is over with. And so for this edition of Nine Circles ov… in preparation of the 2020 end-of-year ranking I look back at my past lists and find nine albums that, frankly, I made a mistake on. Continue reading →
There are more pending vinyl orders that I’m waiting to be delivered than I can keep track of. Good problems to have, as it were.
Fellwarden, a black metal project featuring members of Fen, have revealed the first track from their upcoming second album, Wreathed in Mourncloud, set for a June 26th release through Eisenwald. Check out “An Elder Reckoning” now, and get excited about one of the releases I’m anticipating most in 2020.
It seems like we were only just talking about Unsettling Whispers here at Nine Circles, but Gaerea have already announced their next album, Limbo, will be out on July 24th through Season of Mist. Check out the first single, “Null”, right now.
Welcome back, friendo. This month we’re going to do it a little different, because December was slow AF, and we’re all in the spirit of year-end lists. So this time, I’m going to give you a selection of my absolute favorite tracks of the year. Things you might have missed, things *I* might have missed. Just good music all around. 2019 was a year for the books, fingers crossed 2020 delivers. We’ll see what January gives us.
Oh yeah. This one’s a double. What can I say? It was a great year. Oh, and it ain’t all metal. Sorry metal fam, sometimes you just gotta take your medicine. Clocking in at just over two hours, I hope this helps you adjust to the fact that we now live in the future.
No meandering preamble. Too much of 2019 was utter shit, and music was the salve to my battered and bruised soul. Last week I touted 19 albums that helped me cope with the personal and global tragedies that the year brought, and this week brings another 15 records that, while not formally ranked all can on a given day act as my #26, or even my #1. Don’t try to find reason or logic in a list. Not only is it all subjective, but it’s all subject to change on a dime, on a given moment when the axis spins and tries to buck you off into orbit, and all you can cling to is the fragment of a melody, a riff or a lyric that tethers you to the world, keeps you grounded and ready for another day.
Did all the ham and turkey expand your waistline? Are you reading this from somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving? Does anyone care either way? Right. New metal. We got it. Let’s go.
NY’s blackened deathgrinders Vomit Fist are back to regale us with more tales of the “Frogvasion” and this time they’re exploring a bit with an avantgarde touch to their razor-raw riffs which means this second outing rules that much harder. Imprecation and Black Blood Invocation get bestial enough to make Satan blush on their split release, and Fen do unexpectedly great things with their atmospheric black metal – it’s an early call but this just might be their finest moment yet.