The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 285 (5.27.2023)

Are you all enjoying the Memorial Weekend? I was so excited to get out of the hellscape that is my job I ran into the woods without doing this week’s playlist…something I promised myself I’d take care of early. So here I am, tin foil and wire hangers concocted in such a way I can bend the bandwidth gods just enough to tell you about the new Horrendous and more in this, the 285th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist.

That means I’m going light with my picks and letting the staff speak for the site with a bevy of heavy, so to speak. We’ve got tracks from The Bleeding, Krocophile, Anchoret, Phlebotomized, Allfather, Pallid Veil, Panopticon (cannot wait for their vinyl remaster of Kentucky which is en route), Killing Joke, and a whole lot more.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week…

Chris

CANTO: Horrendous, Machine Head, Teeth, and More


A couple more tough days, thankfully followed by a long weekend and short work week.

  • We’ll open with Machine Head. A track obviously taken from Of Kingdom and Crown, today they dropped a new video for “Arrows in Words from the Sky”. Apparently it’s a mobile-friendly aspect ratio, and since I spend a lot of working hours staring at my phone… I don’t hate it!
  • Teeth announced a run of Canadian dates in July and August, along with a fresh visualizer for “Drip”. Give that a watch here. That’s a track taken from their new EP, A Biblical Worship Of Violence, the vinyl of which will be available on July 21 through Nuclear Blast.
  • Pain and Ensiferum are touring together in October and November… in Europe. Alas. If you happen to be in that area of the world, here’s the full schedule. I’m jealous. Mostly for Pain.
  • End Reign, a project featuring current and former members of Pig Destroyer, Exhumed, All Out War, and more, are releasing their debut album on July 14. The Way of All Flesh is Decay will be out through Relapse Records, and you can check out “Desolate Fog” right here.
  • Holy crap we have new Horrendous to share. Their fifth studio album, Ontological Mysterium, will be released on August 18 through Season of Mist. Today they shared a visualizer for the title-track from that effort, which you should obviously check out below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Sanguisugabogg, Cattle Decapitation, Dryad, and More


I can’t wait to watch my favorite hockey team lose again tonight.

  • I haven’t heard from Heaven Shall Burn in awhile, so let’s start there. Their new digital single, “Pillars of Serpents”, will be featured on a 7″ split with Trivium. If you happen to be across the pond, you’ll be able to scoop that up during their upcoming tour.
  • Horrendous have completed work on their new album, which we should expect later this year from Season of Mist. While we await more details on that, they also have a couple of live dates next month, one in Brooklyn and one at Subterranean Dissonance Fest in Philly. Let’s not forget they’ll also be at Northwest Terror Fest in May. Killer.
  • Cattle Decapitation have revealed details surrounding their new album. Terrasite is set for a May 12th release through Metal Blade. We won’t get a new track until next month from the sounds of it, since this announcement wasn’t exactly, um, planned… get the full scoop here. Either way, I’m excited.
  • Sliding in some black metal, we have new stuff from Dryad to share. The title-track from their new album, The Abyssal Plain, was released today with an accompanying visualizer. Give that a watch here. That album drops on January 20th through Prosthetic Records.
  • Wrapping up, we have a gnarly new, very NSFW, video from Sanguisugabogg for “Face Ripped Off”. Homicidal Ecstasy is out on February 3rd through Century Media, and I know we’re all looking forward to it. More sentiments along those lines in the days ahead. For now… give the new flick a watch below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Cynic, Lordi, Souldrainer, and More


I officially live in the mountains… just in time for winter.

  • Northwest Terror Fest is returning in 2023, and the lineup is pretty darn stacked. Yob, Wormrot, Horrendous, and obviously many more. That festival is set for May 25 through 27 in Seattle, and tickets go on sale this coming Friday. Get the full scoop here.
  • With Focus turning 30 in 2023, Cynic are paying homage to late members Sean Reinert and Sean Malone, while marking the anniversary of that album, with two special performances. They’ll be performing on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, which is set for January 30 through February 3, and then at ProgPower USA on September 6 in Atlanta. These are their first live performances since the passing of Reinert and Malone.
  • Switching things up fairly aggressively, we have news from Lordi. They’ve just signed on with Atomic Fire Records, so it seems that their next chapter is being written, and new music is on the horizon. We’ll keep our eyes out. For now, if you happen to be in Europe, they’re currently on the road basically through May. (Not really… more like until December, and then again in April and May).
  • Swedish death metallers Souldrainer unveiled a visualizer for the new track “End of the World”. That’s the closing track from Departure, which is out on December 9 through Black Lion Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 210 (12.18.2021)

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It’s a week until Christmas. My listening habits have leaned even more into metal than usual, but that’s probably because I’m whittling away on my year-end lists when I’m not editing some of the other you’ll see crop up in here in the next few weeks.

It’s been great seeing the love the latest from Iron Maiden has been getting from the metal community so let’s kick off the 210 edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with one of my favorites from their latest, Senjutsu. Funeral Mist just released a black metal bomb with Deiform, so it feels appropriate to defile the playlist with some of their new music. Elsewhere in the Nine Circles universe Anton maintains the extremity with some furious grind courtesy of Takafumi Matsubara and even more nastiness from White Void and Eximperitus. Josh may be on vacation with his family, but that didn’t stop him from picking some truly nasty music, with As the World Dies, Gingivectomy, and Demiser leading the pack. Vincent flexes his genre muscles with picks from Midwife, Creation Lily, and Yellow Eyes while Buke brings us back to the classroom with killers from King Diamond, Forbidden, and Amon Amarth, among others.

If that wasn’t enough, Angela wraps the week up with Lucy Dacus, Darkher, and a banger from Horrendous. Not sure if we’ll have playlists the next two weeks with the holidays falling on a Saturday, but if we don’t, this feels like a good one to end the year on! So until the unknown “next time,” keep it heavy!

Chris