The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 212 (1.1.2022)

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Welcome to the future, everyone. I spent the last day of 2021 applying beauty masks and drinking champagne with my wife and son because you know what? That shit felt NICE. Even the boy admitted it it was cool, although I suspect his favorite part was the horror of peeling the mask off like dead skin. Yes, we had Slayer playing in the background…couldn’t resist.

To kick off 2022 and the 212th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist I put on my metal playlist and hit random to see what came out, so you’re getting the year off to a brutal start with some Unanimated and Chapel of Disease, as well as some classic Katatonia. Josh comes into the year guns blazing with some Wommbath, Barghest, and Everclear before finishing up with the ripping live Corrosion of Conformity. Vincent changes the mood a bit with The Hotelier, Alcest, and King Woman before Jon comes out of the snow to go full tech death, blasting some new Allegaeon, Spawn of Possession, and Archspire. Anton continues to play the left field choices, bringing in some choice cuts from his AOTY band Code as well as tracks from Eschatos and Fleshvessel. Bringing up the rearguard this time is Buke, and as awakes he’s ready with the classic of the genre, from Ahab, Death, Manowar, Saviours, and even a little Trivium.

That’s it. We’re officially in the new year. Let’s see if we can make it better than the last two, huh?


CANTO: Batushka, Cradle of Filth, and Nailed to Obscurity


First Canto of 2019! Hope you all enjoyed the holiday season! Just kidding. No I don’t.

  • Oh, Batushka. I remember that thing. Sorta. Anyway, looks like there was some kind of a lineup split and… it didn’t go well.
  • Iggy Azalea wore a Cradle of Filth shirt in an Instagram post. Why is this news? Because she wore THAT Cradle of Filth shirt. CoF was entertained, as am I.
  • Manowar have announced a new guitarist for obvious reasons. Whatever. Some people probably care. I 100% do not.
  • Nailed To Obscurity have released a new music video for “Tears Of The Eyeless”. It’s quite good. Their new album, Black Frost, will be out on January 11th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Nine Circles ov…MANOWAR!


Everyone who knows me, or knows of me, is well aware of my insane love for Manowar. For over twenty years the self-described “Kings of Metal” have made me raise my fist in the air and sing every word of their glorious tunes. They were my introduction to heavy metal. No matter how I’m feeling on a certain day, I can put on one of their many releases and it puts an instant smile on my face. To me, Manowar IS metal. Whether it’s loincloths, ass-less chaps, or tight leather, the look and attitude of this iconic band will always be my go-to in the world of loud tuneage.

Throughout the years I’ve made countless lists of my favorite songs, albums, solos, etc. So when I was asked to contribute a list for Nine Circles I immediately said yes. How could I not? It’s Manowar! Instead of just a random nine songs I wanted to choose ones that have influenced my life. There is a reason why the warrior on the album covers has no face. It is the face of us all, a mirror to reflect each human being battling the war of every day life. So without further delay, I am honored to present this Nine Circles ov… covering nine Manowar songs that have helped me fight through life’s constant battles.   Continue reading

Album Review: Grand Magus – “Sword Songs”

Grand Magus - Sword Songs - ArtworkAs their career has worn on, Stockholm-based Grand Magus have morphed from a relatively standard old-school doom metal outfit steeped in the aesthetics and lyrical themes of Norse mythology into a leaner, meaner beast that combines aspects of NWOBHM, traditional heavy metal, and some slivers of speed metal. Their core sound, however, has remained intact, always reliant upon the rhythmic power and memorability of their guitar work, battle-bred lyrics, and the compelling delivery of the vocals. Their latest, Sword Songs, changes little of what they’ve established on the past few albums; it’s a fun, accessible set of war hymns, but it reaches back into some of the band’s earlier doom roots to make it even more infectious.  Continue reading

Stage Dive: What Actor or Actress Would Make a Good Metalhead?

Little bit late in the day for this, but hey…these things happen when you’re not a full-time blogger. Before we start this post off, I’ve gotta say: so far, I think I’m doing okay on the whole, covering-everything-while-Corey’s-in-Germany front. Well, three days in, at least. We’ll see if/how that holds up over the next, oh…12. Anyway, it’s Wednesday, and you all know what that means–it’s your turn to weigh in on an all-new Stage Dive topic. This week, let’s focus on this question:


Mark Wahlberg doesn’t count. Neither does Tom Cruise.

As you might have guessed from the caption I gave that image from Rock Star, merely selecting an actor or actress who’s played a metalhead of some sort is unacceptable. I will probably shun you if you do so. No, for this question, let’s focus on the actor or actress themselves–any inherent physical qualities, attitudes…hell, I’ll even take non-music-related character choices into consideration here. Who out there in Hollywood just screams metal to you? Well for me, it’d be Jason Momoa.

You might know Momoa from his roles in Stargate: Atlantis or the remake of Conan the Barbarian, or more notably, his work as Khal Drogo in the HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones. And despite the inherent metallicness of a character christened by Arnold Schwarzenegger who walks around looking like he belongs on the cover of Manowar’s Anthology, it’s that last role to which I want to draw your attention in explaining my decision. Let’s just recap here: as Khal Drogo, Momoa gets to: A. bang and impregnate the Mother of Dragons; B. fight the occasional duel to defend his honor; C. vow revenge against an entire kingdom for an attack on his wife, and most importantly, D. KILL A MAN BY POURING MOLTEN GOLD ONTO HIS SKULL!

(And, okay, E. walk around looking like he belongs on the cover of Manowar’s Anthology.)

All things considered, if that’s not one completely badass recipe for a Ronnie James Dio-esque heavy metal wet dream, I don’t really know what is.  And when you factor in Momoa’s real-life long-hair-and-tattoos look, dude’s got metal written all over him. Maybe power metal, based on his role choices, but metal all the same. Coming up, he’s been rumored for the role of Aquaman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman and Justice League movies, which is good, because as we all know…fish don’t gots no good metal to listens to.

Now it’s your turn. Make sure to share your responses in the comments section, and check back later on for Quickies!


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.