The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 215 (1.22.2022)

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I’m back, baby…took a week off to get out of the cold and storms and hit the Florida Keys, where despite being mandated to listen to things like Bertie Higgins and other assorted yacht rock, I still pounded some righteous metal. Holy CRAP the new Falls of Rauros, y’all…can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

And you can hear the first single “Clarity” now on the 215th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, as well as the latest from Napalm Death who have an EP coming soon. I can’t believe it’s January and I already have two EOY contenders. Elsewhere in the 9C universe Josh brings the super heavy with new music from Undeath and Deserted Fear as well as site favorites Amorphis and Ghost. Vincent mixes things up with Piet Onthel, some vintage Bloc Party and the newest from Alto Arc. Have I mentioned Buke has some weird wiring that allows him to know what I’m listening to any given moment and reflect that in his playlist picks. How else to explain his inclusion of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Tom Waits? have no fear: he also throws in some classic Dio and Black Sabbath to ensure heaviness reigns. Anton once again packs for bear, giving us Slugdge covering Napalm Death and a new collaboration between Lustmord and Godflesh.

Finally Angela gets us back on extreme metal ground with cuts from Druid Lord, Sowulo, and Zeal & Ardor which feels like a great close to this week. I need a coffee refill, so we’ll leave you with the playlist. Be seeing you…

Chris

CANTO: Midnight, Caliban, Ghost, and More

I’m finally starting to sense a brief spell of organization on the horizon.

  • Midnight have set March 4th as the release date of their fifth full-length album. Let Their Be Witchery will be out through Metal Blade Records, and you can preview what’s to come with the new single, “Szex Witchery”, right now.
  • New Ghost emerged overnight, so we should probably include that in the pile today. The new album, Impera, will be out on March 11th and can be pre-ordered here. Check out “Call Me Little Sunshine” right now, and tell me what you think.
  • Arizona groove metal collective Incite are releasing Wake Up Dead on March 25th through Atomic Fire Records, having just inked a fresh deal with the label. Pre-order details, along with new tunes, should be coming in the next couple of weeks.
  • Caliban have unveiled new album details. Dystopia is set to drop on April 22nd (I think) through Century Media. The video for “Ascent Of The Blessed” can be viewed below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Between The Buried and Me, Ghost(s), Apotheus, and More

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Probably only one or two more of these in 2020… Out of a possible three, to be clear.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Sylosis, and More

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Reporting from the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

  • Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum have announced an exclusive live streamed concert that will take place on April 10th at 12:00 pm. Tickets are very affordable, so I encourage every single one of you to “attend” this. Personally, I can’t fucking wait.
  • Have some money to burn while hiding out in quarantine? How about Nameless Ghoul or Papa Nihil statues? These are expensive, but stunning, and are surely on every Ghost fan’s wish list.
  • Couple new videos to share today, and the first comes from Sylosis. This is a live clip of “Cycle of Suffering”, performed at their album release show in London earlier this year.
  • And secondly, we have a new video from Igorrr for “Downgrade Desert”. That track is taken from their recently released new album, Spirituality and Distortion, available through Metal Blade Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles ov…Ghost

If you think about it, Ghost has covered a buttload of ground for a metal-adjacent band — hell, for any kind of band — in a dozen or so years of existence. They’ve closed out Maryland Deathfest, signed to a major label and won a Grammy award. They’ve weathered a very public legal saga between frontman Tobias Forge (“Papa Emeritus”) and numerous former “Nameless Ghouls.” And now, they’re headlining arenas across the country. Not bad for a largely anonymous group of Satan worshippers!

With four albums under their belt — and, more to the point, with your author heading to the Giant Center in Hershey, PA, to catch them this Thursday — it’s high time we put their discography under the microscope for a Nine Circles ov treatment. So grab a communion wafer and let’s jump in!

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