CANTO: Amorphis, Abbath, Hatebreed, and More

I don’t even know where to begin with how annoyed I am… but at least there’s a lot going on today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2021: Rainbows in the Dark Edition

Best of 2021

You know I had to do it, so here it is.  As I’ve already said, this year was a year that was cram-packed with excellent releases, and the world of non-metal and metal adjacent was no exception, so much so that I almost considered doing another, separate honorable mentions list just for non-metal.  The only reason I didn’t is because free time and sanity are at something of an all-time-low, so you’ll forgive me if anything feels like it got left off, because, well, it did.  Still, there are plenty of worthy releases here, and if that stirs up your appetite for more, there is plenty else to be found out there.  Now, without further ado, here are my favorites, in almost no particular order.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 198 (9.25.2021)

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Welcome to another Saturday morning playlist, friends. This week, we have a slew of new singles, from the death metal of Atrae Bilis and Dream Unending to the scenecore revival of Seeyouspacecowboy. Plus, my personal favorite Envy song, Chvrches upbeat synthpop, and much more. Check it out below.

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Album Review: MONO — “Pilgrimage of the Soul”

Well, this was *supposed* to be a Rainbows that went up two days ago, but, you know, life and stuff.  Still, I would be absolutely remiss if I didn’t move things around to make time to talk about another notch in the belt of 2021 being one of the best years for post-rock in recent memory.  But then again, you probably already had an idea that a new MONO album was going to be good.  Anybody who wasn’t expecting that has probably never listened to MONO, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere and Pilgrimage of the Soul is as good as anything they have ever done, which is to say it is utterly astonishing.

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CANTO: Rivers of Nihil, Mono, Nekromant, and More

All of a sudden it’s super hot out? Dumb.

  • Let’s start with Mono, a crowd favorite here at Nine Circles. Today they released another new single and video, “Innocence”, from Pilgrimage of the Soul. That album is set for a September 17th release through Pelagic Records… a label that has been on an absolute roll this year.
  • Swedish heavy metal trio Nekromant have announced their fourth full-length album. Temple Of Haal will be out on December 3rd through their new label home, Despotz Records. Give “The Woods” a listen… right now.
  • I’d also recommend jumping on over to Decibel to check out this full set performed by Wolf King, Live at Rapture Recordings. That set, of course, showcases material from their second album, The Path of Wrath, which dropped this passed March through Prosthetic Records.
  • Let’s close with the new music video from Rivers of Nihil, which I have seen all over the interwebs today. The clip for “Focus” is available directly below, a track taken from The Work. That album drops on September 24th through Metal Blade.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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