And just like that, my second (metal) show since the start of The End Times is in the books! This time around, I had the privilege of the covering the Manchester, NH date of the absolutely stacked 2022 edition of Devastation on the Nation. Rotting Christ headlined a massive six band bill, featuring the likes of Borknagar, Abigail Williams, Ghost Bath, Vale of Pnath, and Stormruler. It was a long, hot, exhausting night, but one in which each performance was memorable and well-worth the investment in time. I’ll do my best to highlight the experience without taking up too much of anyone’s time. Here we go…Continue reading
After having not been in Boston for almost two years, I guess I’ll be there the next two days?
- Trivium have announced a couple of upcoming livestream shows, which will be performed from their new HQ, “The Hangar”. In Waves is set for December 11th, with Deadmen & Dragons set for the following week. Tickets are available here.
- As if Worship wasn’t an awesome enough record, the latest effort from Hypocrisy became the first metal album in space. The event took place as part of a special listening experience at the album’s release last Friday. Give it a watch here if you’re curious.
- Want some more Ghost Bath content? Here’s a drum playthrough for “For It Is a Veil”, which, of course, is a track taken from Self Loather. That album dropped on October 29th through Nuclear Blast.
- Mass Worship are dropping a new album, Portal Tombs, on February 4th through Century Media, and today they shared a new track from that album. Give “Revel In Fear” a listen (and watch) right here.
- And we’ll close with some German thrash, in the form of Bonded. They just released a new video for “Watch (While The World Burns”), a track taken from Into Blackness. That album dropped back on November 12th, also through Century Media.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Apparently I missed a lot of shit at the end of last week. Oh well.
- Alright, fine. There are a couple things from last week I still need to touch on. Most importantly, Amorphis. Halo, their next album, is set for a February 11th release through Atomic Fire Records. No new tunes or pre-order information available just yet, but you know once it is we’ll be ready for it.
- Ghost Bath, fresh off the release of Self Loather, have shared a drum playthrough for “Flickering Wicks of Black”. I don’t usually watch these playthrough videos, mostly because I’m a failed musician, but every so often a good one comes around… and this falls into that category. Still need a copy of the album? Order it here.
- Out of the Season of Mist camp, Replacire have offered a studio update. They’re currently tracking their follow up to 2017’s Do Not Deviate, and in conjunction have shared a new video for the title-track from that album. Check it out right here.
- And then we have Verbum, who have set the release date for their Iron Bonehead debut. Exhortation to the Impure will be out on January 14th, and you can check out a new track titled “Silent Oratorium” here.
- And we’re going to close with the latest video from Hypocrisy. Yes, I’m bookending this with news from last week. Go figure. Anyway, this is the clip for “Children of the Grey”. As a reminder, Worship is out on November 26th through Nuclear Blast.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I’m not sure where you all are, but here in New York it finally feels like Autumn…right on the porch knocking at the door of All Hallow’s Eve. It’s the time of frights, of golds and browns and dark and whispers. So I can’t think of a better way to kick off the two hundred and third Nine Circles playlist than with a little Samhain to get you all in the mood. And since more than a few of the staff are completely head over heels for the new Mastodon, we threw a doozy of a late track in here for you, too.
Elsewhere we got you covered no matter your tastes: Josh comes in hot with some classic Fastway and one of my favorites for the year, Green Lung. Zyklonius is gushing over the new tech metal from Allegaeon, while Vincent throws some delicious curveballs with toe and his beloved Mountain Goats. We’re not quite back to the extreme, as our Northern Brother Jon dips into his first tastes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, but tempers it with some mewithoutyou. The Man with the Mic himself Buke goes old and new school with Manowar and Monolord, while Ian goes crazy for Archspire and Angela digs into the new Ghost Bath and closes us out with a bonafide classic from Siouxsie and the Banshees. And that’s only the tip of iceberg of what’s in store, so buckle up, grab your mask, and hit play below. We’ll see you next week.
I ordered two new records today, which was a nice feeling.
- We’ll start with Ghost Bath, who released Self Loather to the world with a new video for “A Crystal Lattice”. This wasn’t one of the albums I ordered today, but if you are interested it’s out through Nuclear Blast and can be purchased here.
- Sticking with Nuclear Blast for now, Enforcer released a new single today, titled “At The End Of The Rainbow”. That’s a standalone single, but you can pick up Live By Fire II, their latest live album which dropped back in March, right here.
- Deserted Fear released a cover of the classic In Flames track “Artifacts Of The Black Rain”. That track is featured as a B-side on their limited EP, and I will let you all decide if it was a good idea because I haven’t listened to it yet.
- As a way of celebrating Halloween, here’s some fresh stuff from Tombs. They shared a cover of Samhain’s song “The Shift”, through Season of Mist, which can be streamed here.
- And we’ll knot up the week with the new video, more of a short film, from Imminence for “Chasing Shadows”. That’s taken from the upcoming new album, Heaven In Hiding, which is out on November 26th through Arising Empire.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”