CANTO: Khemmis, Rotting Christ, Psychonaut, and More

I am intrigued by the tour announcements that have emerged today.

  • First off, we have Khemmis on the road with WAKE and Conjurer next April and May. The date closest to me is May 4th, and I leave May 5th for Ireland… but we’ll see what I can pull off. Anyway, tickets go on sale Friday at this location.
  • And then we have Rotting Christ, Carach Angren, Uada, and Gaerea. Those dates are also in North America, and fall in February and March. This one I should be able to pull off with fewer logistical challenges. Ticket links for each date on that run can be found here.
  • Pagan metal crew Heidevolk released a new single, along with a music video, titled “Drink met de Goden (Walhalla)”. That’s taken from their upcoming new album, Wederkeer, which is slated for a February 24 release through Napalm Records.
  • Violate Consensus Reality has been one of my favorite releases in 2022 (more on that in the coming weeks), so today we’re going to close out with the new Psychonaut video for “Hope”. Give it a watch below. That album is out now through Pelagic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 245 (8.20.2022)

After years of seeing that cassette logo at the top of every edition of the Nine Circles Playlist (brought to you now for the 245th time) I finally caved and bought a cassette deck for my stereo system. I have a few tapes lying around from niche labels filled with strange and discordant sounds, so why not? Maybe I’ll even find those old mix tapes I used to have in college and see if they’re still in a playable condition…music as archeology, you know?

I don’t know if anything in this week’s playlist is available on cassette, but I can provide definitive proof you can find it on YouTube. The gang brings in tracks from Sarattma, the return of Toxik, as well as new music from Clutch, Revocation, Conan, Conjurer, Lathe, Ripped to Shreds and An Abstract Illusion. We throw in some shoegaze and indie from My Bloody Valentine and Broken Social Scene to break up the extremity (although I still think MBV’s Loveless is one of the most extreme albums to ever come out) before wrapping it all up with some classic tracks, including a live cut from Opeth, some Testament, Merauder, and Watchtower, among others.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.


Khemmis, Opeth, and Mastodon live at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 4.26.2022

Bands: Khemmis, Opeth, and Mastodon

Photographer: Matt (Buke) Buchan

Location: The Fillmore Philadelphia

Date: April 26, 2022

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Khemmis’ Phil Pendergast on their upcoming tour, staying true to themselves, and much more!


By now, Khemmis is a household name for any house that counts doomed heavy metal as law. And for good reason, across four full lengths and a handful of EPs and singles they’ve trod their own path and created something musically that has no equal. It’s heavy as lead, super emotional, and about as down to earth as it can be. They’ve garnered spots on best of lists around the world for each release and their star shines brighter each and every time out. Just ahead of a huge tour with Opeth and Mastodon, Buke sat down with vocalist and guitarist Phil Pendergast to discuss said tour and how it came to be and the fact that they’ve somehow been labeled a non touring band, how important it is to stay true to themselves, how difficult it was navigating their friend and ex bassist Dan departing during the pandemic, and a whole smorgasbord of other topics. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety so grab a beer, a chair, and enjoy.

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CANTO: Darkthrone, Drudkh, Abbath, and More

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I’m actually going to a concert next week, and I’m already overthinking it immensely.

  • We’ll start with a thing I really wish I could go to. TRVE Brewing has announced their 10th anniversary concert, which features the likes of Khemmis, Panopticon, Dreadnought, and more. Those tickets go on sale at the end of the week.
  • Darkthrone is celebrating the 30th anniversary of A Blaze In The Northern Sky with a fresh, limited-edition, vinyl pressing through Peaceville. 666 copies will be released on June 24th. You can order it here, but I’m sure it’s already sold out. Edit: confirmed.
  • Keeping this short today, and rounding out with a couple items from Season of Mist. First, we have a new track from Abbath for “The Book of Breath”. You probably don’t need a reminder, but Dread Reaver is out on March 25th.
  • And we’ll wrap up Monday with the new video from Ukrainian black metallers Drudkh for “The Nocturnal One”. It’s worth noting that this release was moved up on the calendar as a sign of resistance. We’re with them, and all other Ukrainians. Slava Ukraini.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”