Best of 2021: Zyklonius’s List

Best of 2021

Huh, it appears that I blinked and a whole year went by just like that. Luckily there was metal, a lot of it in fact, to the extent that none of the albums on my list ended up on our staff’s combined list, which shows just how much diversity there is, in terms of releases, genres and our respective tastes and preferences. With majestic hails to the bands whose releases enriched my life in the past 12 months, the following contains my 20 favorite albums of the year. I hope you will find something that intrigues, excites and animates you. 

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Best of 2021: Ian’s List

Best of 2021

Alright, the moment you all (read: maybe three of you) have been waiting for, although with the lists that are already up, I feel like this is going to be underwhelming.  We’re really good at writing, people, and it’s been really awesome to not only be a part of the site but also be a fan at the same time.  So now, the top; the cream of the crop.  Say whatever you want about the year in general (except, you know, that the state of the world was overall pleasant), but as far as music goes, it was pretty sensational.  Maybe that’s because I got to spend another year in the fortunate position of being able to sit and write about music that I love so much.  In fact, that’s almost definitely it, so let me say how humbled and thankful I am to continue to be a part of this family.  Now, on to the goods:

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: First Fragment was October 2021’s Album of the Month!

One Zero Zero, baby! Episode 100 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing is here, and after a September break the AOTM is back and covering the sophomore album from Quebec’s First Fragment, “Gloire Éternelle.” Buke rallies the troops including Hera, Ian, Angela, Vincent, and a freshly returned from the wastelands Anton (who had the pick this month) as they discuss tech death’s short shrift in the metal conversation, the joys of fretless bass, and a whole lot more concerning one of the best the genre has to offer.

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Initial Descent: October 24 – 30, 2021

Archspire 2021
Archspire

Ok folks, last full week of spooky season so get your scare on…stat. Or, you could go watch this gory bit from Archspire and consider yourself covered. Speaking of… this week’s new metal release list kicks off with bonkers tech death from, you guessed it, Archspire and it does indeed slap, and slay, in equal parts. We’ve got another tech death slab in the form of jazz hands from First Fragment, deep and fuzzy doom from Monolord who stay as consistently good as ever, a new slab of mastometal from Mastodon, and many, many more in the list that follows. Yep, another great week for new releases and yet another long list to keep you busy. Don’t forget to gorge on horror and scary stuff while you’re shovelin’ cash at all these artists, think of it as a treat or treat scenario where it’s a treat for you and a treat for them. Enjoy.

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Best of 2016: Zyklonius’ List

Nine Circles Best of 2016 Standard

I am writing this intro blurb on Christmas eve, on Lemmy’s birthday and almost exactly a year after his death. Today, the largest newspaper in Finland published a fascinating article discussing Lemmy’s life (unfortunately in Finnish). The article’s lead paragraph notes the failure of humanity to carry on without Lemmy and the shockwave his death created, paving the way for 2016 in all its depressing grimness. Continue reading