CANTO: Cave In, Pyrithe, Ithaca, and More

Slowly, but surely, I am catching up on life.

  • We’ll open with the latest from Cave In. The second single from Heavy Pendulum was unveiled today, titled “Blinded By A Haze”. And yes, it’s another good one. As a reminder, that album is out on May 20th through Relapse Records.
  • If you missed it, Pyrithe announced details surrounding their long-awaited debut full-length not too long ago. Monuments To Impermanence is out on April 29th through Gilead Media, and today they shared a new single through Decibel. Give “Ekphrastik I” a listen here.
  • Pivoting to some tour news for the sake of mixing things up, Moonspell have announced North American dates with Swallow The Sun and Witherfall. Those dates are in August and September, and tickets are available here.
  • Ithaca shared a new track today, titled “In The Way”, which is the opener from They Fear Us. Their second album is set for a July 29th release through Hassle Records.
  • Texas death/black metal act Haunter shared a clip from “Chained At The Helm Of Eschaton”, a track taken from Discarnate Ails. That album drops next month through Profound Lore.
  • Closing with new material from Clutch feels like the right thing to do, so here’s the video for “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)”. Fun fact, that video was directed by David Brodsky. Of course, it’s can be streamed here as well.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 221 (3.5.2022)

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I wish I could say that with the arrival of March, we are also welcoming renewed optimism that comes with the more pleasant weather of the turning seasons. Alas, as we pivot from one global disaster to the next, there really isn’t much time for that perspective. As Chris said last week, tyrants are gonna tyrant… and I’ll add on that oligarchs are gonna oligarch.

So on that note, we’ll usher in an absolutely stacked playlist this week to distract ourselves from the world around us, even if just for a moment. Major props to all our contributors this week, a list of wonderful folks that obviously doesn’t include me. Again. The lineup this week contains everything from Drab Majesty to Absent In Body (a project that I am incredibly excited about), with highlighted new material from Hath and Ithaca. I need to point out that I’m super stoked that Josh made the decision to include the “Screaming for Vengeance” cover from Two Minutes to Late Night, and that Buke rounded us out with one of my favorite Triptykon tracks ever. It’s an awesome list, is what I’m saying.

You know what to do at this point. Press play. Get loud. And please, be well to each other.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Spirit Adrift, Meshuggah, Ithaca, and More

Hey! I officially, and finally, have an order for the latest Stormkeep vinyl locked in!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Kreator, Monuments, Arch Enemy, and More

Everyone go spend a bunch of money on Bandcamp Friday.

  • I like the idea of leading off with Venom Prison. Check out the visualizer for the new track titled “Comfort of Complicity”. That, of course, is taken from Erebos, which is officially out today through Century Media.
  • A whole lot from Century Media today, apparently. Next we have Arch Enemy, who unveiled a new video for “Handshake with Hell”. Deceivers is out on July 29th. Here’s that purchase link, should you need it.
  • Josh was right, Kreator still has incredible album art. Such is the case with their upcoming new album, Hate Über Alles, which will be released on June 3rd through Nuclear Blast. Check out the music video for the title-track right here.
  • Chris told me this was good, so I’m including it. Here’s the latest from Ithaca, titled “They Fear Us”. That’s the title-track from their new album, which is set for a July 29th drop through Hassle Records.
  • Switching back to Century Media to wrap up, we have another new one from Monuments. Below is the video for “Cardinal Red”. In Stasis is out on April 15th, and can be pre-ordered here.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 157 (11.28.2020)

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How many of you are still in food coma mode? It happens. For me it was turkey day with tons of food then yesterday was some amazing BBQ at a small place up in the mountains about an hour away. And that’s the thing; during these insanely off the wall times, it’s the small things that can make all the difference for your sanity even if it does lead to a small food coma, or two. Anyway, it’s Saturday and time for another 9C mixtape of what we’ve been blasting ’round the back office. Me, Chris and Corey had a laaaate night Thanksgiving eve discussing Katatonia so obviously I’m leading off with a cut from Dead Air, then Vince has some Spirit Adrift and Inexorum, Ian gives us a great Wayfarer cut, Chris lays out a Raspberry Bulbs track, Zyklonius offers up some Drouth, and I double down with a new Akhlys track. All that and so much more awaits, hit the play button below and enjoy.

– Josh