CANTO: Insomnium, Arrival of Autumn, Sortilège, and More

Early draft because I weirdly have places to be on a Friday night.

  • Arrival of Autumn are dropping a new album, Kingdom Undone, on May 26 through Nuclear Blast. From that effort, they revealed a music video for the track “Scars”. Give it a watch here.
  • Out of Season of Mist, Sortilège shared a new track titled “Vampire”. That’s the second single from their upcoming new album, Apocalypso, which is slated for a March 3 release.
  • Florida deathcore crew Bodysnatcher released a new standalone single with video today, titled “Dead Rabbit”. That falls just ahead of a massive run of live dates that will carry them basically through the end of April.
  • Speaking of shows, in case you missed it, Exumer also has a small handful of dates coming up in April that somehow covers California, New York, Illinois, and Texas over four days. Impressive, really. Here’s the full scoop.
  • Insomnium dropped a video for my favorite Anno 1696 track, and that’s obviously how we’re going to swing into the weekend. Check out the clip for “Godforsaken” below, a track that features Johanna Kurkela. As a reminder, their new album is out now through Century Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Initial Descent: February 19 – 25, 2023

Bodyfarm – image courtesy of Stefan Schipper

Just like the redneck uncle that always crashes every family get together drunk and full of piss and venom (we all love this uncle, and you know it), we’re back with another rowdy bunch of new metal albums. This week we’ve got death metal debauchery from Bodyfarm, entrancing melodic death from Insomnium, goreific death from FesterDecay, and some experimental heavy from Big|Brave. As usual though, there’s way more in the list below that will tickle nearly every fancy out there so get to digging and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 270 (2.11.2023)

Sometimes it takes something simple like, say…bullshitting with your friends over (virtual) drinks about a record to reignite your passion for something. Since starting these Album RAMBLES I’ve been listening to more metal than I have in ages, and In Flames in particular, so since I’m still so hot on new album Forgone we’re gonna bookend the 270th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with the two parts of the title track.

But that’s not all (it never is, is it?): we’ve got some classic All Out War and Turbonegro (we don’t talk enough about Turbonegro) and then the walls come down with new cuts from Dawn of Ouroboros, Wallowing, Dying Fetus, Distant, Torn in Half, Insomnium, Stormo, Blaze of Sorrow, some old and cold Sacramentum, and more. We’ve also sprinkled in some lighter fare with cuts from Elliot Smith, Channing Wilson and midwife to give your nerves a small break.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week…


The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 267 (1.21.2023)

I’m still recovering from the drunken mayhem that was our first ever Album Ramble – I hope you dug it, we plan to punish our livers monthly for your entertainment. Anyway, as if a new GREAT Katatonia was enough to drop this week, we have the second single from the mighty Metallica’s 72 Seasons, so we’re kicking off with that – and the newest video from Katatonia backing it up.

After that it’s a gaggle of new and classic heavy hitters, including cuts from The Ocean, Bodyfarm, Polymoon, Turbid North, Ulthar, Nite, Asunojokei, Coheed & Cambria, Full of Hell, Cäina, Black Country New Road, Fvnerals, and Miserable.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week…


CANTO: The Ocean, Insomnium, Acid King, and More

Holy shit a lot happened today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”