The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 267 (1.21.2023)

I’m still recovering from the drunken mayhem that was our first ever Album Ramble – I hope you dug it, we plan to punish our livers monthly for your entertainment. Anyway, as if a new GREAT Katatonia was enough to drop this week, we have the second single from the mighty Metallica’s 72 Seasons, so we’re kicking off with that – and the newest video from Katatonia backing it up.

After that it’s a gaggle of new and classic heavy hitters, including cuts from The Ocean, Bodyfarm, Polymoon, Turbid North, Ulthar, Nite, Asunojokei, Coheed & Cambria, Full of Hell, Cäina, Black Country New Road, Fvnerals, and Miserable.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week…

Chris

CANTO: Metallica, Sermon, Omega Infinity, and More

metallica - 72 seasons


Coming at you a little late because today was dumb.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Nine Circles ov… 2023 Albums the Top Brass are Excited About


Since we somehow managed to complete another trip around the sun recently, I’ve seen a lot of those anticipatory posts flying around where people share what albums they’re looking forward to in the year ahead. And I get it. Lists are clickbait-y, and there actually is a lot of stuff to look forward to in Metal: 2023. Being one to regularly cave to peer pressure, I figured we could jump on that train as well. And by “we”, I mean your Nine Circles editing staff, also known as the Top Brass, and also known as the Benevolent Overlords to at least one person. See, I personally didn’t want to write up on nine different albums that don’t even exist yet. It’s hard for me to explain why I’m looking forward to something beyond simply saying “I like that band, so I hope the new album doesn’t suck”. But two or three albums? I can bullshit my way through that, no problem. And wouldn’t you know it? Other members of the editing team were willing to drop some words on a couple albums of their choosing, as well. That, my friends, is how we got here. So without further delay, starting with my picks, here are nine albums the Nine Circles Top Brass are looking forward to in the year ahead.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 260 (12.3.2022)

Look, you know me and my old-school love by now. Would anything other than the new Metallica going to kick off this, the 260th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist? “Lux Æterna” sounds like a band enjoying themselves, playing a lost cover from the past as part of their Garage Days series and I for one am here for it. Plus hot off the presses another killer track from the forthcoming Katatonia? 2023 can’t get here fast enough.

Elsewhere the 9C gang brought it home with some truly neck-breaking metal, including Meristem, Confined and Ultimatum from Josh as well as Panopticon, Pianos Become the Teeth, Pyrithe and – breaking the “P” streak – City of Caterpillar from Vincent. New Guy™ Colin brings the heavy with Moribund Dawn, Anaal Nathrakh, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard in firm metal mode, while Slightly Older New Guy™ Dan hits us with Heads for the Dead, Boris, Chrome, and Black Dresses. Angela invites you to get dark with Gavran, Chelsea Wolfe and The New Values while in a twist, Anton brings up the rear guard with a pair of killers: Turbid North and Ketha.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Metallica, Destruction, Lacuna Coil, and More


Whoa, Metallica gave us something new today…

  • But we’re kicking our week off with some German thrash. Destruction released a brand new music video for “Tormented Soul”, a track taken from Diabolical. That album dropped earlier this year through Napalm Records, and you can scoop it up here if you feel so inclined.
  • Lacuna Coil has announced a relatively brief run of shows on the West Coast with The Birthday Massacre, Blind Channel, and Edge of Paradise. Those dates are all in May, and tickets go on sale this coming Friday.
  • Satanic Warmaster has set December 30th as the international release date for Aamongandr, which will be out through Werewolf Records. Give “Bafomet” a listen here. Black metal… in all its glory.
  • Like I was saying, Metallica revealed a new track today titled “Lux Æterna”, the video of which is below. A new album, 72 Seasons, is slated for an April 14th release. I’m not sure if I was the only one completely caught off guard by this first track, but I definitely dig it. Fingers crossed for more good shit to come.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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