Concert Review: Katatonia, The Ocean, and Cellar Darling, 11.10.2022


My last show in 2022, and perhaps for quite some time looking ahead, certainly was a good one. When Katatonia announced a run of North American shows with support from my favorite band in The Ocean Collective, as well as Cellar Darling, I knew that was something I simply couldn’t miss, no matter what else was going on in the world. Well, it turns out I put that stance to the test. The November 10 date at the Worcester Palladium fell in the middle of an unexpected move from the seacoast of New Hampshire to the heart of the White Mountains. Regardless, the long journey on a work night proved more than worth it, and offered a rewarding break from all of life’s other forms chaos. It’s not often an opportunity to photograph two of your favorite bands on the same night emerges, and this experience was certainly one to remember for some time.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 255 (10.29.2022)

Spooky season is here again. I don’t know why but around the 9C Top Brass chat it’s been a lot of talk of classic black metal, particularly Emperor so I’m kicking this week off with a classic from their classic In the Nightside Eclipse. But damn, there’s also a new Katatonia album on the way and I have the receipts for the night a bunch of us got drunk listening to The Great Cold Distance and buying out the remaining vinyl copies on Amazon, so we gotta include new single “Atrium.”

And after that? Well, the crew contributes a bunch of new and classic killer music. How about new music from Avandra, Veilburner, Imprecation, VHS, Become the Watcher, Kreator, Birds in Row, Faetooth, Brutus, toe., Satanic Tea Co., and so much more?

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Katatonia, Municipal Waste, Entheos, and More


New Katatonia arrived today… let us rejoice in gloom!

  • Starting off, we have a co-headlining tour to talk about with Municipal Waste and High On Fire. Additional support will be in the form of Gel and The Early Moods. Those North American dates are in early December, and tickets can be found here.
  • Entheos are back with a video for a new single titled “Absolute Zero”. That track marks their first material through their new label, Metal Blade. Give it a listen and watch here.
  • Decibel Books has announced the publication of Amorphis: The Official Story of Finland’s Greatest Metal Band, a fully authorized biography of the legends, in English for the first time. Pick up your copy here.
  • Closing out, like I said, we got new Katatonia. Sky Void of Stars will be out on January 20, 2023 through Napalm Records. Check out the video for the first single, “Atrium”, directly below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Threshold, Therion, Slugcrust, and More

Life is getting weird, folks. But with weirdness comes opportunity? Something like that.

  • To kick things off on this bizarre Friday of a bizarre week, we have new stuff from Threshold. The progressive metallers are releasing Dividing Lines on November 18th through Nuclear Blast, and today they unveiled the second single from that album, titled “King Of Nothing”.
  • Screw it, let’s grab another one off the Nuclear Blast pile. Therion just released “Pazuzu”, the latest single from Leviathan II. That drops on October 28th. So if you’re looking for some symphonic metal going into your weekend, you may as well start here.
  • It was Dead End Kings that officially got me hooked on Katatonia… forever. So I’m happy to announce that Peaceville is releasing the 10th anniversary of that incredible album on November 11th. And I truly cannot believe that release was 10 years ago. Anyway, here’s a preview link.
  • Closing out with something from the Prosthetic camp, we have the latest from Slugcrust. Their debut album, Ecocide, is out on September 9th, and the video for “Demise Promise” is available right below. Enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Katatonia, The Otolith, Kampfar, and More

I really wanted to get to this yesterday because there was plenty of good stuff going on, but alas, I guess I’ll share all that a day late.

  • For instance, this Katatonia tour with The Ocean is one that I absolutely cannot miss. The dates are in November, and you can bet I’m going to be attending at least one of them. Tickets go on sale this coming Friday.
  • Let’s transition to something a little different. In the cybergrind world, we have the latest stuff from Thotcrime, a new track titled “Critical Codependence”, which is streaming over at Brooklyn Vegan. That’s taken from D1G1T4L_DR1FT, which drops on October 28th through Prosthetic Records.
  • And then we have The Otolith, a band I had the pleasure of checking out at FITM. Their debut album, Folium Limina is set for an October 21st release through Blues Funeral Recordings. The first single, “Sing No Coda”, can be streamed pretty much anywhere.
  • And closing out our Wednesday that feels like it should be a Friday, we have something new from Kampfar. Give “Flammen fra Nord” a listen below. Pre-order Til Klovers Takt right here. That drops on November 11.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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