Woops. We didn’t have one of these last week, because writing this up managed to completely slip my mind. My sincere apologies about that. Hopefully our cournucopia of riffs will be enough to land me back in your good graces. Thanks for being patient, and hopefully this gets your Saturday off to a good start.
We’re coming at you a little later than usual today because I’m a goof, but better late than never, right? Welcome back to another edition of the Nine Circles weekly mixtape. Today, we’ve got an extremely full house with respect to staff picks, and quite a diverse set of tunes queued up. There’s a little something for every taste in there today, so without further ado, dive right in. And hey, happy Saturday.
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 Un. I 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.”
Hopefully I’m done writing my Best of 2018 post tonight… but I wouldn’t be optimistic.
- Black Flags Over Brooklyn, New York’s first ever anti-fascist metal festival, has finalized its lineup. Notables (to me) include Morne, Cloud Rat, and Glacial Tomb, among others. The festival is January 25th and 26th at Brooklyn Bazaar.
- Some news from Monotheist. The group welcomes new drummer Chris Stropoli and vocalist Cooper Bates. They’ll be on tour with Cognitive next month for a handful of shows. Get at that.
- Mark Morton has released the second single from his debut solo album, Anesthetic, which will be out on March 1st. This track is called “Cross Off” and it features Chester Bennington.
- King Diamond’s Songs for the Dead Live won’t be out for a couple more weeks. Fortunately, you can peep a preview right now. This is “Arrival (Live at Graspop)”. Enjoy the shit out of it.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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