Best of 2022:  Angela’s List 

Best of 2022

How is 2022 already gone?  I think we are all still processing 2020—I know I am—but here we are embarking on a new year with new albums to enjoy and discuss.  Before we move ahead, let’s take a look back at some impactful albums from this past year.  I have posted my list of honorable mentions which is ultimately an extension of this list (check that out here) and am now here with my Nine Circles Top Nine (™ ™ ™).  These albums accompanied me on many nature walks, commutes, and game nights.  They served as background music while I cooked, cleaned, created, and worked at my day job.  Needless to say, they have stuck with me throughout the year and resonated with me in big ways.  

This is my 2022 soundtrack.  I hope you enjoy it and also check out my colleague’s lists here as we all have diverse tastes and stellar albums to gush about.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 248 (9.10.2022)

My work is cut out for me this week. Ladies and gentlemen, today the Brothers Martinek™ celebrate a birthday. Which makes this playlist for them. Which means you’re going to get more Mountain Goats and Broken Social Scene and indie sad alt goodness than either you or I expected or intended.

Don’t worry, though. The others are still around with more extreme offerings…although who’s to say which is more extreme in the context of a metal site’s playlist? Bloodbath or My Bloody Valentine? Rotborn or Ride? Anyway, expect that as well as tracks from A Pregnant Light, Blackbraid, Judicator, Holy Fawn, Cloudrat, Black Anvil, Whitespade, Psionic Madness, Spitpool, Lamentations, as well as a slew of other tracks to kick your weekend off right.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.


Album Review:  Holy Fawn — “Dimensional Bleed”

Blooming into something strong and dynamic, combining elements of shoegaze, rock, metal, electronic, and more, Holy Fawn are back with their sophomore full-length album Dimensional Bleed.  Getting into their stride, this release brings something a little new and a little more experimental while still showcasing the sounds and vibe fans fell for in the band’s debut.  Dimensional Bleed offers electronic and ambient passages that feel cosmic and otherworldly, while at the same time grounding listeners with lyrical themes around death, nature, and the cosmos.  The dynamic between the music and the lyrics make for an immersive and enlightening experience making this album something special and Holy Fawn a creative force to indulge in.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 246 (8.27.2022)

This week Mastodon released a 90-minute documentary detailing the creation of our combined favorite album of 2021 (not to mention my personal favorite) so I’m leaving it to others to populate the playlist this week, lest you get nothing but the fearsome foursome in here.

(I might add a track or two, anyway. Prerogative of the writer, and all that)

Lots of good stuff on tap this week, including a new track from masters of metalcore Botch, new music from Tribal Gaze, The Halo Effect, Russian Circles, Devil’s Witches and Guapa (one to definitely watch out for). There’s also plenty of classics if that’s more your taste, including killer cuts from Twisted Sister, Running Wild, and Praying Mantis, a band I haven’t heard in FOREVER so thanks, Buke! All that and more…plus some Mastodon, of course.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.


CANTO: Seven Kingdoms, Lybica, Strigoi, and More


Drafting this super early in the afternoon, so here’s hoping I don’t miss anything good!

  • Leading off, we have new stuff from Lybica, the new project featuring Killswitch Engage’s Justin Foley on guitar. Check out the visualizer for “Oktavist” here. Their self-titled debut drops on September 16th through Metal Blade. Cat!
  • On the darker side of things this Thursday, we have a new one from Strigoi. The blackened doom outfit are releasing Viscera on September 30th through Season of Mist, and today they unveiled “King Of All Terror”.
  • Atmospheric doom pop outfit SOM have some (lol) November dates coming up here in the U.S. (but not near me sadly). They’ll be joined by Holy Fawn and Grivo. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. You know what to do.
  • Need a little energy boost at the end of your day? Try out the latest from power metal crew Seven Kingdoms. The new video for “Chasing the Mirage” is right below, a track taken from Zenith. That’s out now through Distortion Music Group.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”