CANTO: Rammstein, Cult of Luna, 1349, and More

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All kine of dings today.

  • 1349 have unveiled album details and a new single today. The Infernal Pathway will be out on October 18th via Season of Mist and “Enter Cold Void Dreaming” can be heard right now.
  • Crypt Sermon fans, if you’re in the NYC area, be sure to check out the album release show for The Ruins of Fading Light. The album is tremendous, which is why I’m mentioning this. It’s October 4th and Visigoth, Magic Circle, and Sanhedrin will also be there. Wow.
  • In case you need to be reminded that Rammstein is all that is, all that was, and all that ever will be… in defiance of the absurd anti-LGBTQ laws in Russia, guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe shared a kiss on stage during their recent show in Moscow.
  • Oh how excited I was to see this Cult of Luna news sitting in the inbox today. The new album, A Dawn to Fear, will be out on September 20th via Metal Blade. Better yet, we get this video for “The Silent Man” today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Lacuna Coil, Slayer, Shadow Frost, and More

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I might squeeze in two of these before heading to Wyoming.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Receiving the Evcharist: Magic Circle and S.O.B.

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Magic Circle’s Departed Souls and Epic Brewing Company’s S.O.B.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 24 – 30, 2019

Moon Tooth
Moon Tooth

Had an interesting and funny conversation amongst the staff last week (our water cooler conversations are always golden) regarding tech death versus technical death metal which led into the myriad of varying genre tags. Out of nowhere came “I consider Judas Priest heavy metal, all else is just metal” which is accurate and great and made me roar with laughter – score. Really, it is that simple if you think about it…and then it’s not, everyone wants to know what they’re getting into up front. Either way, get into what this week has to offer.

To say I’ve been carried away by Moon Tooth’s Crux is the understatement of the year – it’s rock, it’s metal but most of all it’s MEMORABLE which is something we don’t get enough of these days so by all means, get yourself a copy STAT. Next up is the debut, Something Wicked Marches In, from Vltimas and I knew to expect a pummeling mixture of death and black metal based on the membership here but I didn’t count on this thing being as addictive as it is. Sliding into some nastier territory is Triumvir Foul with their blend of bestial black, death, and noise on Urine of Abomination, definitely drink this one in folks. Last up top is the third full length, Departed Souls, from Boston’s Magic Circle who show that a four year gap doesn’t mean a thing when a band can churn out doomy heavy metal as good as this, another MUST own so do that.

Those four could be the entire week but ALAS, there’s much more. Get in there with all the grind, death, core, post, black, rock, atmospheric, symphonic, heavy, power, instru-metal…I could go on for days. But I won’t. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 65 (02.02.2019)

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Welcome to the weekend y’all.  I for one am beyond stoked its here.  Even if I’m gonna be running around buying (somehow) more furniture for my apartment, it still feels like I’ve got some more breathing room.  The last couple days I barely had a minute to myself to unwind, but I’m excited to kick back with some tunes and fumble my way through vague Ikea instructions.  And boy do we have tunes today.  In addition to new albums from Ossuarium, Soen, Ithaca, and more heavy hitters, we bring you our own curated mix from across the sea of genres, for whatever mood your weekend takes.  Click play, and don’t forget to double check to make sure you aren’t missing any hardware for your new computer desk.

– Vincent