Best of 2021: Chris’s List

Best of 2021

The beginning is the end. Literally, in this case. I started this post with the entries for my list a few weeks ago, wrote my 1,000 word review (sorry) on my Album of the Year and concluding paragraph right before Christmas, and now here I am in the vaporous ether before the new year pondering the introduction.

And there are no words left.

I’ve wrangled with the why, trying to make sense of the music I consume and what it says, and I hit a point where trying to find an answer was…pointless. Not because it’s unimportant to know, but in the last two years the rest of the world became so much harder to deal with, life became so much harder to deal with, something in my brain went into emergency mode and just shut down the logic circuits, sending one single message over and over again:

“Stop thinking, stupid. It’s just music.”

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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

CANTO: Killswitch Engage, Swallow The Sun, Imperial Triumphant, and More

And as our journey around the flat circle of time continues, we have reached another weekend.

  • As is the case with most Fridays, we have a couple videos to share. And the first one is pretty awesome, featuring a Killswitch Engage performance of “Us Against the World” from their streaming performance at the Worcester Palladium.
  • Fit For An Autopsy have announced a new album, Oh What The Future Holds, which will be out on January 14th through Nuclear Blast. Check out the NSFW video for the first single from that album, “Far From Heaven”, right here.
  • Here’s a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years”, brought to you by Beyond the Black. I haven’t listened to it yet, so if you check it out, do share how it went. Please and thanks.
  • It’d be a mistake to leave out Imperial Triumphant news. They announced a new live album, An Evening with Imperial Triumphant, which will be out on November 26th through Century Media.
  • We’ll close out the week with the new video from Swallow The Sun for “Woven Into Sorrow”. Moonflowers is set for a November 19th release through Century Media, and pre-orders for the record officially went live today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Embracing the Descent: September 5 – 11, 2021

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Been awhile since we did one of these. Extra day off, extra time, all that jazz. Whatever. You know how this rolls, we pick a fresh batch of albums that struck a chord and you go binge on them. Simple, right? We don’t need to tell you but will anyway; 2021 has given us some gems and will continue to do so and for that we all need to thank the dark lord that bands are even still making music after the shit everyone has been through and still going through. New favorites are coming out every week with no end in sight. This week we’ve got five that struck like lightning; two of them are from last week, but demand your prompt attention. Head inside to see what’s in store and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.

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CANTO: Iron Maiden, Necronautical, Act of Denial, and More

I have returned from California. What a nice thing that is.

  • Iron Maiden news doesn’t quite excite me like it used to, but that’s quite alright. Their 17th studio album will be another double album (which is… fine, I guess) titled Senjutsu. Pre-orders start on July 21st, with September 3rd set as the release date. Check out the clip for “The Writing On The Wall” if you want. There’s a lot going on in a very good way.
  • Municipal Waste have announced some dates later this year. They’ll be joining Volbeat for a couple nights in early October, as well as a run of shows with Circle Jerks in December. Any of these would be a ton of fun to attend… if they happen to fall in your particular region of the country.
  • Let’s toss in the latest from Act of Denial, titled “Your Dark Desires”. There are some big names in that project, for example Ron Thal Bumblefoot on this track, so I like keeping up. Negative is out on August 13th through Crusaders and Golden Robot Records.
  • We can wrap up with a little bit of black metal. Here is the new video from Necronautical for “Necropsychonautics”. That track is taken from Slain In The Spirit, which is set for an August 20th release through Candlelight and Spinefarm. Pre-order it here.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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