* SPOILERS: it’s gonna be 20 albums…buckle your seat belts.
I told myself this year I was going to take it easy – do the Honorable Mentions, get the final list out, and put 2018 to rest. On a global, national, and personal front the year’s been pretty much a disaster from the start, and the quicker I can put it in my rearview mirror the better. But the more I tweaked and played with my end of year selections (thank you Trello for making that shit so easy) the more I realized that – like always – music was the thing that propped me up and made every setback if not better, at least tolerable. And when the dust cleared from all the list building I found a huge excess of albums that didn’t make my lists but easily could have on another day. Everything is interchangeable; we are not the people we were even a moment ago, and those experiences constantly inform our perspective on the world, metal albums included. Continue reading →
Time for another audio thing! In this edition, the group gets together to discuss some of their favorite albums from the first half of the year. (Yes, we’re aware it’s halfway through July. Promptness, thy name is NOT Nine Circles.)
It feels like I went to sleep and the weekend is gone. Such is life. Anyway, tons of good stuff came out last week but then again there’s tons of good stuff out there period. Which brings us to today’s playlist of new, old and eclectic tunes to help get Monday underway. Along with a huge cup of coffee and this collection of tracks we’ll be busy for awhile and hope it helps you as well, even if by a little. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel here and we’ll be seeing you around the horn throughout the week.
It seems silly to judge the volume and or content of music from one year to another – I’m sure I was feeling the crunch of not being able to adequately catch up with new music this time last year as well, but this year it just feels heavier. Between surprise releases I never saw coming to recommendations from friends and stuff that’s been either on our radar or blasted into the ether by huge marketing pushes, there’s just a weight of distorted riffs sitting on my shoulder no amount of headphone time seems to disperse. Which is not to diminish any of the records I’m about to cover that we haven’t devoted a full review to: there are easily two in this list I’m over the moon for. Nevertheless, for this edition of Nine Circles ov… let’s spend a little time with some early 2018 releases we may not have covered in depth, but are still worth your time. Continue reading →
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:
Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the second wave of lineup additions for its 2018 edition. Some of the more notable acts in this round? Helmet, Today is the Day, Master’s Hammer, Khemmis and a bunch more. Check out the full list here.