The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 41 (5.21.2018)

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It’s Monday. I got nothing.

We’ve got a loaded list today since last week we round-tabled on Panopticon, which you can take a listen to here. Spoiler alert: it was a lot of fun. And we’ve already got a plan for the next one so stay tuned for that. Head on over to our YouTube channel to subscribe then hit the play button below along with your mega sized cup of coffee. Oh, and let’s up the ante; hit us in the comments with your faves from the past week or two. We’d love to know what we’re missing out on but also to listen right along with you. See you here this week. Continue reading

The Nine Circles ov…Integrity

Integrity was always more than just a hardcore band. Not that anyone from the late-80s/early 90s scene was “just a hardcore band” Sick of it All, Gorilla Biscuits, Strife, Bold, Judge and In My Eyes all had their own sound. But Integrity set themselves apart from the entire landscape with their sound AND their lyrics. Sure, for many years they were on Victory Records and part of the wave of bands that injected more metal into second-wave hardcore, which eventually birthed the sound we think of today.

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Best of 2017: Mark’s List

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It was an honor joining the Nice Circles team this year. I started a series of posts called A Headbanger’s Journey that I hope to continue into 2018.  Late to the party,  I bought an absurd amount of music at the end of the year, much of it from the excellent Nine Circles coverage and I’m just now coming up for breath. In 2016 I went back in time to investigate the early death metal classics of the late 80’s/early 90’s and this year, I did the same with classic punk and hardcore. Both of those genres inform my current listening and are reflected in this list. So, let’s see where the rubber hits the road.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 5, 2016

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Chicago’s Russian Circles release their new album, Guidance, on August 5. (Photo by Nicholas Sayers)

Morning, kiddos. It’s a pretty cool Friday, all things considered. For one, it’s my last day at my job. For another, I just had my brain annihilated by Carcass, Ghoul and Night Demon last night at the Gramercy Theatre. (Also, Crowbar played.) You might say I’m kinda jacked on this week, and you’d be right. Factor in some new metal on top of that? Game on. So what’ve we got this week?

Well, we start with Guidance, the new, sixth album from Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles. Beyond that? All manner of things: VukariNecromancing the Stone (which my colleague Manny-O-War is super high on), Bloody Hammers (with whom my other colleague Tenebrous Kate had an awesome interview)…you name it. Beginning this week, we’re also expanding our “Other New Releases of Note” section to cover even more new releases. Want your band featured in an upcoming edition? Send us your info! We’ve added a new submission form at the very end of the post to do just that.

Exciting stuff all around. But for now, let’s focus on this week — here’s what’s on tap:
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Nine Circles ov… Re-Issues (the 2015 Edition)

2015 saw plenty of reissues. Nearly fifty by my count. And, because most websites are dying for new content and clicks, many of those albums went unnoticed. We covered a few but, much like the fate of other sites,we weren’t able to adequately cover them all. In some cases, the reissues were merely previously self-released albums getting a look on an actual label. At other times, historic albums were getting remastered and re-issued giving fans a chance to get to know their favorite works better. So today we take a look at the Nine best reissues from 2015. None of these albums made my year end list so it’s going to be a nice way to give some recognition to labels and PR folks who work their tails off trying to remind people these albums are fantastic. And, yes, these will be ranked. Continue reading