The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Best of 2020

Best of 2020

For this episode we go all in with most of the staff for our best of 2020 picks. We hit the high notes of what tickled our fancies for the year that was a shitstorm and even welcomed in a new member to the family. So, buckle up for an epic episode that has a wealth of stuff you may have missed and be sure to take notes, artists we mention need your support so open up those wallets and purses.

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Best of 2020: Ian’s List

Best of 2020

Ah, the big one.  I’ve been looking forward to writing this for a while, but I also can’t help but feel like there’s no way I could possibly put everything I loved about music in 2020 into enough words to satisfy myself.  If I had enough time or gumption to make a list that was twenty or thirty albums long, I still don’t think that would be enough.  So much great music happened amid the Unpleasantness, and I think more than ever it was worth paying attention to all of it, whether for excitement or escape or transcendentalism or catharsis.  For me, losing a twice-daily commute meant that I had to be an active listener to the music I chose to put on, and I think that made the releases that stood out to me stand out all the more.  Plus, being a part of the team here has been a literal dream come true, and I had more access than ever to quality releases.  Without further ado, here are the ones I’ve fallen for the hardest.

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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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CANTO: Morne, Imperial Triumphant, Comatose, and More

Imperial Triumphant

Now the challenging task of re-listening to like 60 albums in the next couple of weeks.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Carcass, Behemoth, Armored Saint, and More

Behemoth 2018

I spent all day hiking. As a result, I don’t know why I’m writing this.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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