The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 196 (9.11.2021)

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Hello one and all and welcome back to another mixtape of “what we’ve been listening to around the water cooler.” It’s Saturday so it’s TIIIIMmmeee. Reading that is a lot flatter than how it sounds on primetime MMA but, just know that’s the vibe I’m going for. As always we’ve got a ton to dig into; Kowloon Walled City (FINALLY), a new one from Massacre, gory stuff from Heads For The Dead, a kick ass new track from Sarke, likewise from Atræ Bilis, and same from Hippotraktor and Blood Red Throne. And, of course, many more from all across the heavier spectrum. So, smash that play button below and be somebody.

Josh

CANTO: The Lion’s Daughter, Massacre, Ghost Bath, and More

Well, it’s new release Friday, so let’s see what announcements came our way.

  • Looks like Ivar Bjornson and Einar Selvik are back with a new EP. Hardanger will be out on November 5th through By Norse Music. Additionally, Skuggsja (which I am still very much in love with) is getting a reissue at the same location. This is a good start to my evening.
  • The Lion’s Daughter have announced some cool things for this Bandcamp Friday. They released both a digital Turbo Covers EP as well as a pretty slick matching shirt. Jump on over to their Bandcamp and do that hockey. Side note: Skin Show is still a regular listen on this end.
  • We’ll add Ghost Bath to the mix today because their latest single, “Hide From The Sun”, features CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder. Self Loather is out on October 29th through Nuclear Blast.
  • Tech death collective Atræ Bilis are streaming a new single as well, titled “Bacterium Abloom”. That track is taken from their upcoming 20 Buck Spin album, Apexapien, which will be out on October 8th (and vinyl coming in early December).
  • We like Massacre a lot here at Nine Circles, so we’re going to end the week with their new visualizer for “Ruins of R’lyeh”. Resurgence will be out on October 22nd through Nuclear Blast. Yes, I’ve already heard it. Yes, it’s awesome. Yes, you should pre-order it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 192 (8.14.2021)

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Late night fishing on a Friday night makes for a rough Saturday morning. But, so does pounding beers. No idea the point here so let’s get on with it. Saturday’s alright for a playlist and we’ve got Ænigmatum, Spirit Adrift, Benediction, Sweven, Massacre, Conjurer, Dirty Vicar, and a ton more. Perfect for a lazy day by the water or speeding down the highway or training MMA. Whatever you’re doing, we got you. Cheers and enjoy.

Josh

CANTO: Ufomammut, Massacre, The Contortionist, and More

It’s like… super nice out. So I went for a long run for some stupid reason.

  • Ufomammut are back, with a new drummer and recording plans very much in the works. After a year and a half hiatus, the Italian psychedelic metallers have announced Levre as their new drummer. We’ll keep a close eye on this as new material eventually comes our way.
  • Death metal veterans Massacre have signed on with Nuclear Blast, and are planning the release of their fourth studio album later this year. It’s been seven years since their last album, so let’s go ahead and add this to the list of things to keep an eye on.
  • The Contortionist have announced a live stream event, Clairvoyant – A Full Album Performance, scheduled for May 15th. Their latest full-length was somehow released way back in 2017, so it’ll be cool to see it performed live in full. Tickets are available here.
  • In case anyone was curious what Psychosexual sounded like (I was not and still am not), you can check out the video for “Devil From Hell” right now. A song name that makes my mind go right to The Black Satans. As a reminder, that’s the project fronted by Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch). Unholy Hymns for the Children is out on May 14th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Retrospective: Massacre – “From Beyond”

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Released this month in 1991, Massacre’s full length debut, From Beyond, came out at a time when the death metal scene — and particularly the Florida scene — was bursting at the seams. Bands like Death, Immolation and Atheist all dropped new albums that year, and both genre stalwarts and quite a few up and comers found ways to make noise that year. Massacre had been around since 1984 as a heavy thrash band, but once Kam Lee came aboard, the band veered firmly into death metal. And the rest, as they say, is history. Continue reading