Best of 2020: Chris’s List

Best of 2020

If you’re reading this there are two possibilities at play, either of which warrant a hearty congratulations:

  1. It’s the end of the year, and you found the strength, courage and forbearance to get through the infested muck that was 2020.  Congratulations!  I don’t know what 2021 will bring, but let’s put the future aside for a moment and just revel in survival, and talk about some great music.
  2. It’s an indeterminate time in the future, after the apocalypse, and the collective hive mind has integrated into the data streams and come across this post in a random search string query to ascertain various data points about the distant past.  Congratulations!  I’m not alive to know what the Time Lords have in mind for the future, but let’s put that aside for a moment and just revel in whatever constitutes life in your existence, and talk about some great music.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 137 (7.11.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist.  Thing get weird this week as we throw at you a witches’ brew of prog, war metal, pop-punk, acoustic folk, and just about anything else you can think of.  We like to keep it interesting around these parts.  Take a listen, as always, at the link below.

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– Vincent


 

CANTO: Mayhem, Devin Townsend, Metallica, and More

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I leave for Detroit in two days. CAN’T WAIT.

  • Some crazy drama out of Mayhem in recent days. The bottomline of the matter is, Necrobutcher did not much care for Euronymous. However, I do not much care for Mayhem, so… moving on I guess?
  • …moving onto the latest Metallica merch? What is my existence today? Ugh. ANYWAY. If the only way you’ll achieve satisfaction in life is by being completely covered in Metallica apparel 24/7/365, you’ll be thrilled that they dropped some new watches, bathing suits, and… a wetsuit. Apparently.
  • Finally something I am actually excited about. Devin Townsend has announced some 2020 dates with The Contortionist and Haken. Those fall in February and March of next year and you better believe I will find myself at that Boston date.
  • Check out this video from Italian heavy metallers Tytus for “Rain After Drought: Part 2”. It was inspired by the fights of the North Dakota Sioux tribes at Standing Rock Reservation in 2016 .

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Donuts & CANTO: Broken Hope, Wintersun, Haken and more!

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April 14, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Remember that tidbit about Broken Hope‘s new album we featured a few weeks back? Welp, we’ve officially got cover art for Mutilated and Assimilated. And a track listing and release date (June 23). And by “we,” I mean “the world,” not just us.

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Initial Descent: April 29, 2016

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Last Initial Descent post of April! Seriously, where the hell’s this year gone? We don’t even have a month left until MDF? Jeez. Anyway, some good stuff in the queue today. Fallujah‘s dropping a new album — hopefully with better production than the last one? Maybe? — and we’ve also got new stuff from hardcore legends Discharge (speaking of MDF!), as well as AllfatherLord Mantis and a whole slew of others. So let’s not waste any more time — here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 29:
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