Best of 2020: Vincent’s List

Best of 2020

Well that sure was one whole, entire year, wasn’t it?

Like many on this website, 2020 changed a lot of the ways in which I consume new music, and not for the better on my part. The constant thrum of anxiety coursing through my body and mind made critical music listening often difficult, and yet the albums I found this year that I love are some of the best and most affecting music I’ve heard in several years worth of doing this. I went over all of these picks in the end of year episode of our Audio Thing, which I would highly encourage you to listen to here, or wherever you consume podcasts; fair warning that it is a rather long episode, but we worked hard on it and had a lot of fun, so I’d appreciate it if you took the time to check it out. You can consider this main list a companion piece of sorts to the podcast episode. You can listen to me go into detail about the how’s and why’s of my main picks there, but I thought it would be fun to catalog them still, and I threw in some honorable mentions for good measure. Read along after the cut, and a very sincere thank you for another year of readership. I don’t do this for clout and I certainly don’t do this for money, so it means all the more that people take an interest in the things I am passionate about.

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Best of 2020: Ian’s Honorable Mentions List

Best of 2020

A lot of things about this past year sucked, but the one thing that absolutely didn’t was the music.  Between the scheduled releases and the surprise ones few were expecting, it’s been a stellar year of powerful, emotionally charged music, and I’ve been in a very fortunate position to be able to sit back and take it all in.  So fortunate, in fact, that I couldn’t contain a year end list to just one article.  So, here’s the first installment, the honorable mentions.  Truthfully, any of these albums could have ended up on the “main” list on a different day, so really, this is just my way of extending the fun and talking about more of my favorite albums.

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CANTO: Paradise Lost, Wake, Darkest Hour, and More

Paradise Lost 2020

Had to take the last few days off due to travel and drunken shenanigans.

  • Paradise Lost have announced a streaming show, which will take place on November 5th. Tickets for the event can be purchased here, and as always, there are VIP options and some swag.
  • Wake just dropped a new EP yesterday titled Confluence. Give it a listen here, and maybe also buy one of those gorgeous physical copies, which will be released through Translation Loss Records.
  • Darkest Hour are performing a streaming event as well, with Misery Signals, on December 5th. Proceeds from the event will support struggling music venues, so make sure you scoop up a ticket here.
  • Finally, some fresh death metal out of Ukraine. Here is a new music video from Hell:on for “My Testament”, a track taken from their upcoming new album, Scythian Stamm, which drops on November 1st.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 141 (8.8.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist.  Today, we’ve got the new Gojira single for you, alongside other new cuts from Primitive Man, Black Crown Initiate,  Uada, and Incantation.  And you know there’s plenty more in there that you’ll like, so jump in below and get your morning started right.

– Vincent


Album Review: Misery Signals — “Ultraviolet”

My brother and I started high school at the heyday of the metalcore scene.  We listened to quite a bit of awful, vapid breakdown-bots, but Misery Signals always stood out as a cut above the rest, right from the first time the guy sitting next to me in Spanish class put me on to them.  Lyrically, sonically, technically, emotionally, there was something about them that made them resonate deeper with us, and it’s something that we still come back to.  When I snagged Ultraviolet, I thought it would only be fitting that Vince and I tackle this one together. Continue reading