It’s getting a bit ridiculous, listening to so many great releases so early in the year. I’ve already listened to four albums coming out in the next few weeks that could easily be an AOTY contender…and we haven’t even gotten out of the first month of 2022 yet. And I’m not even talking about the new Earthless record which came just came out – they were my AOTY back in 2018 and damn if Night Parade of One Hundred Demons isn’t currently kicking my ass as I write this, so why not have a preview kick off the 216th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist?
You know who else has a new album album that we never talk about on Nine Circles? Steve Vai. So let’s get one of his new tracks on here, too. And since I don’t want to hog too much of the spotlight (although I threw one of my favorite Opeth tracks in there, too) we’ll start with Anton who is rocking his shiny bald pate to the new Allegaeon as well as Dischordia. Josh has been enraptured with the new Zeal & Ardor (so say we all….jeez it’s phenomenal) but still finds some serious gutter time with Malefic Throne and some classic sludge from Eyehategod. Like me, Vincent is bemoaning the breakup of The Might Mighty Bosstones but manages to find some solace in new music from 40 Watt Sun and Boris, as well as some older music from Elliott and Mitski. Buke gets down in the dirt with Crowbar, Cathedral, and Nile while Ian both confuses and concerns me by injecting some Mac Miller and something called “Getcho Mans” before wrapping up with some Wilderun and Coheed and Cambria bringing Springfield back for “Jessie’s Girl 2”.
Oh, and maybe one more new track for Buke…be seeing you.
As it turns out, Snow-Ice-Mageddon 2022 (part one) wasn’t terrible for us and nowhere near as bad as forecasted. Some didn’t fare as well, and that blows. However, I could’ve easily made some killer atmospheric black metal album covers out of the pictures taken from the storm so any bands looking, I got you covered. As hinted at, the new metal release list is a bit longer this week with several quality offerings for all discerning metal heads. Leading that charge is a trio of equal parts old school and hard hitting death metal from Ectoplasma, Malefic Throne, and Ravenous Death then we’ve got a horror / proto-metal offering from Possessor that’s infectious as hell. Definitely a great way to kick off the last full week of January and don’t forget about the rest that lie in wait below these four. Get some.
May as well end with Behemoth, who have shared the final video from In Absentia Dei. Check out the clip for “Slaves Shall Serve” below. Man, I forgot how monstrous that track (and album) was. You can purchase that live album here, if you feel so inclined.