That’s it. So long 2022, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. I just posted my end of year list, and yeah: the #1 pick is a crossover hardcore punk album that incorporates free jazz and noise and everything under the sun…what else did you expect? So let’s kick off the last edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with the mighty OFF! and see what else will help us close out the new year.
To paraphrase The Outer Limits, I will control the horizontal. I will control the vertical. So that means I’m also going to front-load this with the 80s metal I picked up on vinyl and cassette this week. Which means you’re getting dosed with some classic Accept and Satan…you’re welcome. Elsewhere in the Nine Circles universe we’ve got plenty of heavy to ring in 2023, including music from Angerot, Shores of Lunacy and Leper Colony, a blast of bangers from Yob, Mizmor + Thou and Nechochwen, more killer music from Predatory Light (I really need to revisit that) and Moonlight Sorcery, not to mention D. Morris BRINGING IT with some classic Harvey Milk. There’s a ton more, including God Mother, Windhand, Asunojuokei (for once not added by me, so thanks Ian!), and Morrow, among others.
That’s it for 2022. Get listening. Stay safe. See you next year…
Huh, it appears that I blinked and a whole year went by just like that. Luckily there was metal, a lot of it in fact, to the extent that none of the albums on my list ended up on our staff’s combined list, which shows just how much diversity there is, in terms of releases, genres and our respective tastes and preferences. With majestic hails to the bands whose releases enriched my life in the past 12 months, the following contains my 20 favorite albums of the year. I hope you will find something that intrigues, excites and animates you.
Well, well, well. Who would have thought that I would have an honorable mentions list this year? Certainly not me!
Considering that I started giving music well-deserved attention after I was finally free from the shackles of grad school, I was surprised by how quickly I took to listening to new releases as soon as I had the time. This meant that a lot of releases I was interested in were eventually rooted out from my initial list, and I ended up with 24 total albums that I wanted to talk about. However, because I tend to limit my EOY list to 20 – with the exception of last year’s list, which had 10 due to time constraints – I decided to finally commit and make this Honorable Mentions list.
Time to see what landed on the cutting room floor!
It’s late…so late I can barely keep my eyes open. As I write this I’m coasting on the fumes of a Brown’s Oatmeal Stout and Bloodmoon: I, the collaboration between Converge, Stephen Brodsky and Chelsea Wolfe. The week was rough, and we’re staring down the barrel of some serious evil, so why not grab a drink and toast to the end of the world, huh? Maybe the 208th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist is the one that plays as the world burns to ash…we’ll see.
We’re kicking things off with some classic Gwar before turning to a pair of great black metal tracks I recently discovered from Ferriterium and svrm. Vincent reminds us that Eight Bells are back after a long absence, and tunes into my wavelength with some sonic heaviness courtesy of Boris. Anton continues to hold down the fort with the newest single from post-metal masters Cult of Luna but sprinkles in some madness with Dessiderium. Then it’s Buke’s turn and he holds the classic metal torch high, blazing the light on some Death Angel, Edge of Sanity, and Entombed. Want something a little more extreme? Josh reminds us how incredible Imperial Triumphant are with a cut from their new live set, and also hammers us with some Alchemy of Flesh and Bongzilla. Angela gets some fury in as well, bringing in Carcass and MØL before Vincent takes us home with the latest from 40 Watt Sun.
Let’s do better, humanity. I’m tired and just want to see the daylight…preferably with some good tunes in my ears.
I’m happy it’s Friday, and I’m happy about all the metal news that emerged today.
And we’ll start with Boris, who unveiled a new video for a live performance of “Loveless”. That track is the lead single from No, which will see a vinyl release through Third Man Records on August 27th.
From there, we’ll check in with MØL. The blackgazers are returning with their second studio album, Diorama, which will be out through Nuclear Blast. Additional details are still to come for that release, but check out the video for new single “Photophobic” right now.
We’ve also got a new track and album announcement from Carnifex to add to the pile. Graveside Confessions will be out on September 3rd through Nuclear Blast. A video for the title track from that album just dropped today, and you can check it out right here.
The obvious way to close out the week is with the latest from Between The Buried And Me. This is the new video for “Revolution In Limbo”, another one taken from Colors II. As a reminder, that album drops on August 20th through Sumerian Records.