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 am back from Wyoming and have returned to the pathetic existence that is routine.
- Lacuna Coil and All That Remains have announced a co-headlining tour. Support will come from Bad Omens, Toothgrinder, Eximious, and Uncured. Dates are in September and October. Tickets go on sale this coming Friday.
- Oh look, another metal/beer collaboration. This time Chevelle has teamed up with Revolution Brewing to bring you La Gargola Helles Lager. I love German lagers, so I am obviously very accepting of this reality. The launch party is scheduled for 8/1 at the Revolution Brewpub in Chicago. Go to that because I cannot.
- Texas death metallers Creeping Death have announced a whole bunch of stuff. First, their debut full-length, titled Wretched Illusions, will be out on September 27th via Entertainment One. Secondly, you can catch them on tour pretty much the rest of year with either Inter Arma or High On Fire and Power Trip. Finally, they also dropped a video for “Bloodlust Contamination”. Check all that stuff out in the link above.
- Let’s close with a new video from Eradikator for “Nightmare Dawning”. They have a new album set to drop in early August called Obscura via Divebomb Records.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I might squeeze in two of these before heading to Wyoming.
- Lacuna Coil have a new album announcement. It actually came our way yesterday, but, ya know, I’m me. Black Anima will be out on October 11th via Century Media Records.
- Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival have revealed a mostly complete lineup for their 2020 event in Frederick, MD. Highlights include Primitive Man, Vastum, Magic Circle, etc.
- Slayer have announced The Final Campaign. The final leg of their farewell tour begins on November 2nd and ends on the 30th. Support will be in the form of Primus, Ministry, and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals for all dates.
- Hey, check it out. You can listen to the title track from the upcoming Mizmor album, Cairn. It’s long and it’s awesome.
- FIVE things I felt like including in this today. Aren’t you lucky? This is a new video from Unveil The Strength. It’s for a song called “Hell’s Never Over”.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Last month, I was just sad – it was one of my first Christmases without my entire family – so I thought it would be fitting to discuss one of the saddest genres in metal, much to my chagrin and (possibly) tasteless jokes. It got personal, as I tend to closely associate with the music I listen to on an emotional level once my tendency to intellectualize it is stripped away. The music I chose to discuss last month were albums I deeply connected with – particularly Created in the Image of Suffering – and they needed to be revisited to see if they still hit as hard as when I first encountered them…some still do and others hit harder.
Enough about that. That was all in the past, and now we get to move on to something I have wanted to talk about since I wrote about symphonic metal many months ago.
On the darker side of symphonic metal exists another genre, one that tends to be overlooked due to its association. After all, it’s always easier to lump two genres together when they have a similar tendency to showcase female operatic vocals.
It’s time we talk about Gothic Metal. Continue reading