Scholar of the First Sin: Hera’s Best of 2019

Best of 2019

The Dark Souls franchise may own this title, but Aldia’s got nothing on me.

Last year around this time I made a statement, hoping that I would take it easier on the album listening; however, I also said that it would be for naught, as my 2019 release calendar was looking great and I was so excited about it.

However, life has a way of kicking you in the bollocks. Continue reading

CANTO: Ice Nine Kills, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Mondo Generator, and More

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I went to the gym today. That was, clearly, a mistake.

  • Ice Nine Kills, a thing I normally don’t pay much attention to, deserve some props here. To help raise funds for wildfire relief in Australia, they’ve released a new, special edition shirt. 100% of profits will be donated. That’s a good number.
  • For those considering (or already looking forward to) the upcoming Fleshgod Apocalypse North American tour featuring a full string string quartet, here’s a special message from the band.
  • Mondo Generator are streaming a new track called “Turboner” (nice) over at Sound Sphere. Their next album, which will be titled Fuck It, drops on February 21st via Heavy Psych Sounds.
  • Here’s a new video from Swiss metalcore group Divergency. This one is for a track called “Slay Your Fear”, which was taken from the recently released album Cassandre.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Khôrada, Lunar, and More

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Great. Now I have to reintegrate with society. Ugh.

  • Fleshgod Apocalypse dropped some exciting news today. The Italian symphonic death metallers are returning to North America in 2020 with support from The Agonist. But wait, there’s more! They’re bringing a classical string quartet with them! That’s certainly going to take their live show to another level… not that it isn’t ridiculous (in a good way) already.
  • Let’s add another reason why I need to be at the LA version of Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer festival, yeah? Prosthetic Records is teaming up with Decibel (duh) and Metal Monkey Brewing to release the “Hops of No Light” double IPA. It will be the official beer of the festival, which is ambitious. Because it’s a double IPA. And those murder (in a good way). I would know, I’m drinking a Heady Topper right now.
  • So this is a wicked bummer because I super enjoyed the debut album (see also: only album) from Khôrada, but it appears that project ended as quickly as it started. It was a very quiet announcement, with a couple members dropping info on the socials and whatnot. I’m not going to direct more people in that direction because that’s always a tired game, but here’s the link to the Metal Archives page if you need visual confirmation of some kind.
  • Not really much along the lines of new videos today, so here’s an animated clip for Lunar’s track “Comfort”. Prog metal on a Tuesday, why not? Their latest album, Eidolon, dropped last Friday through Divebomb records.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 87 (7.13.2019)

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So, another Saturday is upon us and what are you doing with it? Outside maybe? Well, obviously not if you’re reading this and thank you, by the way, for that. Once you get done reading, take this playlist of tunes with you and get the heck outside. Or do something. I’m sure there’s a show playing local to you or a pool to get into or a creek to cool off in. You get the point, just do something but play this loud as hell whatever you’re doing. Yesterday was one hell of a release day and we’ve got a little of that here plus a whole lot more. You know the drill, hit the play button and let the rough side drag. That’s what the weekend is for.

– Josh

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 79 (05.11.2019)

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Welcome to another weekend folks.  I have relatively little gas in the tank, so to speak, so this Saturday couldn’t possibly come fast enough for me.  Whatever sickness wormed its way into my body has been taking its sweet time leaving, so today we’re keeping things short and sweet.  You all should know why you’re here, anyway.

Or maybe you don’t.  In which case: hi!  We put together a playlist of our favorite songs we’ve all been listening to over the past week, just for you, and we do it every Saturday.  Check it out below, and check back in next week to see what else we listen to in our free time.

Cheers!

– Vincent