Friday Canto because, well, you should know by now.
- Let’s start with a tour. Soulfly has announced a North American tour in February and March of next year. They’ll be supported by Toxic Holocaust and X-Method. No idea who that last band is, but this could be fun.
- Ok, now let’s kick it up a notch. Devastation On The Nation tour 2020 will feature… Borknagar, Rotting Christ, Wolfheart, Abigail Williams, and Imperial Triumphant. Holy, ever-loving, crap. That’s a beast, right there.
- This is from a couple days ago, but is still worth sharing. On the fifth anniversary of their accident, The Ghost Inside released a new video for “Mercy”, which is footage taken from their first show since the crash. Worth watching in every sense of the term.
- Everyone remember Ævangelist? They have finally re-emerged with a new track called “The Origin and End of All: Pain of the Fallen”. FYI, it’s 18 minutes long. They have an album coming out in early 2020 through Hells Headbangers called Nightmarecatcher.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.
In today’s edition of Second Circle we take a look at the latest releases from grind legends, who happen to share a magnificent collaborative past (Gridlink, Hayaino Daisuki) and have now reached stunning creative apexes with their respective new albums. Whether it is pure serendipity or part of a divine plan that these albums are released on the same day only adds to their allure. So let’s dive head first into the unhinged brilliance of Takafumi Matsubara and No One Knows What The Dead Think. Continue reading
Look here, we enjoy doing these playlists and sharing what we, collectively, have been listening to over the past week. And, it’s a great opportunity to share some really amazing track premieres too – always a plus. At the end of the day though, we do it to share all this with YOU as our little way of making the weekend better. With that said, feel free to tell us in the comments if you dig these things or not. And if not, what would you change or do different? Anyway, we’ve got another heaping pile of picks from across the spectrum of metal, and beyond, so hit the play button and crank it.
It appears I’m destined to be late to the party with my year end list, again. But really, who reads year-end lists in January anyway?
And you, apparently, read them as well, so thank you for checking mine out. This year was quite a ride for me, with not as many ups as there were downs unfortunately, but I made it through, and if there is nothing else for me to hold on to, it’s that. I made it. I’m still here, I still have a roof over my head, a loving partner, and the support of a legion of family and friends. And as always, good music to provide the soundtrack along the way.
Which brings us to what stood out to me in 2018. While this was a great year for music as any we’ve been having, my list this year is a little more brief than previous years. I found a lot of albums I liked this year, but the ones that I loved came fewer and farther between. Perhaps this was a product of my headspace not being the best for most of the time. Maybe I’m just getting pickier as time goes on. Who knows. Lists are subjective, and this is only representative of one humble person. But if you’re curious about what I kept coming back to over the last twelve months, then read on…
And hey. Thanks for being here. Continue reading
Ah, 2018. What an absurd, exhausting and often infuriating ride you were, with death as my ubiquitous companion and co-pilot. You entailed on one hand a near-cataclysmic series of loved ones dying around me in rapid succession, while on the other, an ever-flowing stream of metal that helped make that maelstrom somehow survivable and acceptable for yours truly.
As you, the well-informed reader, likely noticed during the course of the year, and will see again when you read further below, 2018 was a banner year for death metal of all colors and shapes, but most and especially for the boundary-pushing kind that redefines and reconfigures the entire genre. Another type of metal that really resonated with me was one of transcendence and catharsis, of dreamlike journey, cosmic marvel and triumphant rebirth. Overall, the vast array of diverse evolutionary pathways, latest career pinnacles, and dazzling artistic growth and achievement in the field of metal was a compelling sight to behold and a wondrous thing to experience.
As further proof of the excellent and exciting state of metal today, albums worthy of inclusion in the below list continued to be released until the very final days of the year, resulting in perhaps the strongest December release-wise in recent memory.
With this succinct backdrop in mind, I offer the following 23 releases as a tribute to goddess Eris. Continue reading