The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 110 (12.28.2019)

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Welcome to another Saturday mixtape. One that I don’t have to frantically throw together at the last Minute!  Because I actually managed to plan ahead for once!  Go me.  Let’s celebrate together with another batch of our favorite songs we’ve been listening to lately.  We’ve got a full house and some eclectic picks today, so there’s plenty out there for everyone.  Thanks for taking the time out to read the last one of these for this decade.

– Vincent

CANTO: King Diamond, Atreyu, Khemmis, and More

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I got nothing. Well, nothing except loads and loads of tour announcements.

  • Most significantly, King Diamond, who announced a new album and tour today. The album, which will mark the first studio album in about 12 years, will be called The Institute. It won’t be released until sometime next year but we can expect a new single in the next few months it appears. And the tour. Holy crap the tour. They are November and December dates in North America, and support is in the form of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands. This is absolutely incredible.
  • And then we have Khemmis and UnI would love to make this show happen as well, however those dates are specifically out west this coming December.
  • And then there’s Atreyu, who are going to hit the road in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. Definitely not my realm of interest, but the idea behind this tour is cool; they are going to perform 20 songs, and those 20 songs were chosen by their fans. Those are U.S. dates in October and November with Whitechapel, He Is Legend, Tempting Fate, and Santa Cruz.
  • Now that (most) of today’s tour announcements are out of the way, let’s close with a little post-black metal. This comes from a band called Dawn of Ouroboros and the song is called “Sorrow’s Eclipse”. This track was pulled from their upcoming new album, The Art of Morphology. I’m into this. Check it out.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Khemmis, Ghost, Tronos, and More

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There is a very real chance this is the only Canto you see this week. None of me apologizes for that. Also, it’s April 1st… is any of this news even real?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Khemmis, Sunn O))), Borknagar, and More!

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Anybody else watch Lords of Chaos yet? Actually… neither have I.

  • Look at Khemmis doing stuff! The Denver doomers have just signed on with Nuclear Blast. Looks like new music and some tours in the works as well. I love these guys, I hope they make lots of money.
  • Sunn O))) have announced some fun Record Store Day happenings. Their next album, Life Metal, will be released on both CD and vinyl come April 13th via indie retail. I guess that’s cool if you don’t want to wait a couple extra days? Not sure what to pull from this news exactly, tbh.
  • So. Borknagar has a new lead vocalist. Who is it you ask? None other than I.C.S. Vortex… who was already doing a lot of vocal stuff anyway? Anyway. Andreas “Vintersorg” Hedlund has decided to step down, and there seems to be no negative feelings anywhere… So let’s see what happens next!
  •  A music video! “Blood Of The Levant” from Queensrÿche. Casual reminder that The Verdict, is out at the end of the week.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2018: Corey’s List

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Ah, yes. Here we are again. Yet another journey around the sun has given us reason to pause and reflect on how lucky we are to have, almost literally, an indefinite source of music and art to appreciate at any moment in time. In this case, the musical form known as heavy metal. Yes, even in our very defined place in the artistic world, there is an unending wave of inspired music that we endlessly celebrate, together, across the globe. Except… wait, metal internet is basically the worst and ruins everything, doesn’t it? Nevermind. Continue reading