CANTO: Dream Unending, Revocation, Rebel Wizard, and More


The inbox has been blowing up today, which means there has to be some good stuff in there.

  • Dream Unending made waves last year with their debut, Tide Turns Eternal. And now, less than a year from that release, it’s time to prepare for their sophomore effort. Song of Salvation drops on November 11th through 20 Buck Spin, and “Secret Grief” is streaming now.
  • Fallujah released Empyrean today through Nuclear Blast (it’s quite good), and to mark the occasion they shared a new visualizer for “Mindless Omnipotent Master”. Give it a watch here. And if you need more reading material around that album, here’s Ian’s review.
  • Rebel Wizard is releasing a compilation vinyl titled The Warning of Three on September 23rd through Prosthetic Records. It will feature a collection of songs originally only released digitally, and pre-orders are up here. You can also check out a visualizer for “Floating Forward with Closed Eyes Filled with Light” here.
  • To jump into the weekend, we’ll close with the latest from Revocation. The video for “Nihilistic Violence” is below, a track obviously taken from Netherheaven. Their latest album dropped today through Metal Blade.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Second Circle: Heads for the Dead and Trial

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

It’s no secret we have a weird way of writing here at Nine Circles. I’ve been spouting nonsense here since…shudder…2016 and still the primary way I learn about music is by texting Fearless Editor Josh™ along the lines of “hey, what’s coming out that you think I’d like?” Because while I can barely keep up with the bands I love, Josh keeps up with EVERYTHING. I have yet to surprise him with a new band where he hasn’t gone “Oh yeah, I checked out the single it’s great!” So this week when I had a blank schedule for the site and asked what I should be listening to, Josh immediately shot back the latest releases from Heads for the Dead and Trial.

When the Boss lays down the law, you listen. So let’s dig in.

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CANTO: Seven Kingdoms, Lybica, Strigoi, and More


Drafting this super early in the afternoon, so here’s hoping I don’t miss anything good!

  • Leading off, we have new stuff from Lybica, the new project featuring Killswitch Engage’s Justin Foley on guitar. Check out the visualizer for “Oktavist” here. Their self-titled debut drops on September 16th through Metal Blade. Cat!
  • On the darker side of things this Thursday, we have a new one from Strigoi. The blackened doom outfit are releasing Viscera on September 30th through Season of Mist, and today they unveiled “King Of All Terror”.
  • Atmospheric doom pop outfit SOM have some (lol) November dates coming up here in the U.S. (but not near me sadly). They’ll be joined by Holy Fawn and Grivo. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. You know what to do.
  • Need a little energy boost at the end of your day? Try out the latest from power metal crew Seven Kingdoms. The new video for “Chasing the Mirage” is right below, a track taken from Zenith. That’s out now through Distortion Music Group.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Black Anvil, Lorna Shore, Ingested, and More

Yep, it’s official. My head and heart are still very much in Wyoming.

  • Leading off with some live dates, we have Lorna Shore hitting the road for the “The Pain Remains Tour” with support from Aborted, Ingested, and more. Those dates are in October and November, with VIP packages going on sale tomorrow, and the usual general admission stuff on Friday.
  • Speaking of Ingested, they also have a new album dropping on November 4th through Metal Blade titled Ashes Lie Still. Check out the music video for “Shadows in Time” right here.
  • Belphegor videos are usually something to behold, and this new one for “The Devils” certainly falls into that category. That is, of course, the title-track from their latest album, which is out now through Nuclear Blast.
  • We’ve waited quite some time for new stuff from Black Anvil, and today we finally have it. So that’s how we’ll end our day. Check out the clip for “Castrum Doloris” below, the first sampling from Regenesis. That album is slated for a November 4th through Season of Mist. They’re also joining Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, and Dark Funeral on the road towards the end of the year, so those dates are worth checking out as well.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Arch Enemy, Krisiun, Conan, and More

One. More. Day.

  • We’re going to bookend this roundup with Century Media happenings, and the first item comes from Krisiun. A new single from Mortem Solis was unveiled today, titled “Swords Into Flesh”. Check out the lyric video. Oh, also, that album is out July 29th if you needed the reminder.
  • England doom veterans Conan are releasing Evidence of Immortality on August 19th through Napalm Records, and today they shared a video for “Righteous Alliance”. And let me tell you, it is an absolute monster.
  • Wake has a series of record release shows for Thought Form Descent coming up, followed by a few September stops in the Midwest. That album is out on July 22nd through Metal Blade, and we’re excited about it… so consider this yet another reminder of that.
  • Over in the black metal world, Sorgteid revealed the first track from Natt av Tusen Dödsfall, titled “Havet Djupare än Sorg”. I copy and pasted both of those things. Anyway. That album is out later this year through Werewolf Records.
  • A new video from Arch Enemy sounds fun, so the clip for “In The Eye Of The Storm” is below. They sure have a reputation of pushing out a ton of music videos, and I’m not particularly upset by it. Deceivers is out through Century Media on August 12th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”