CANTO: Testament, Gatecreeper, Haunter, and More

The times… well, they certainly are a-changin’.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2021: Josh’s List

Best of 2021

One more year and one more list. AND, I’m in pole position for main lists. How is that possible? Right, who cares… Anywho, 2021 was yet another dumpster fire globally, but personally it’s been a good year, for the most part. The road we’re on with supply chains and inflation has to hit a ceiling soon or dumpster fire won’t even begin to brand what we’ll be facing in 2022. But, before I get too far down the road we’re all too familiar with, ENOUGH of that shit. I’ve had it up to my ass with all of it. Metal, again, had a great year. Some genres fared better than others, as you’ll see in the list below, but overall it was a very good year, as Sinatra once said. All the anger and hatred and frustration pushed artists to a level of creativity, and for some a level of vitriol, we haven’t seen in a long time and I don’t expect that trend to change anytime soon. So, on that point, score.

List season. We all love them for one reason or another and love bitchin’ about them. It’s human nature. With that said, here’s all the albums that meant the most to me throughout 2021 and as usual, I’m in the top nine and nine honorable mentions format because, branding. Jump in and enjoy what made me tick this year.

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Best of 2021: Ian’s Honorable Mentions

Best of 2021

I really like honorable mentions.  When people talk about their favorite albums of any given year, I think I am actually more interested in by what *almost* made the cut than what took the number one spot.  It’s so interesting to see where the absolutely arbitrary line gets drawn between “the best” and “the still pretty fucking good”.  Once again, I find myself truly hashtag blessed to be in another year where there was so much good metal that I couldn’t bring myself to write just one list.  As always, just because these are honorable mentions doesn’t mean they’re not worth your time.  This list is just a musical amuse bouche before the real thing, but it is nonetheless delicious on its own.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 193 (8.21.2021)

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Good morning and welcome to another Saturday morning mixtape. We’re full to bursting with a bunch of new singles this week, including tracks from two new Gilead Media releases, Succumb, Every Time I Die, and…god this is hard to even type…an Archspire song I really, actually like. I know, it surprised me too. Check all that and more out below.

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CANTO: Gatecreeper, Autarkh, August Burns Red, and More

I am once again announcing that the highlight of my day was receiving a new package in the mail.

  • More fun news from Gatecreeper! Let’s keep it rollin’! The death metal collective have announced their first livestream concert, scheduled for February 19th at 9:00 PM EST. It’ll take place at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, and tickets can be acquired here.
  • Autarkh have premiered a new track and video over at the Roadburn Redux site, titled “Lost To Sight”, a track taken from Form In Motion. That album drops on March 12th via Season of Mist. Fun fact, that album will be played in its entirety during their Roadburn Redux set.
  • August Burns Red shared a reimagined version of a track taken from 2020’s Guardians, an album released through Fearless Records. Give “Extinct By Instinct (Reprise)” a listen right here.
  • There were a few hits for this video in the inbox, which is a good enough reason to share it here. Check out the clip below from Valfreya for “Warlords”. That track is taken from Promised Land, which was released back in 2017.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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