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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CANTO: Mono, Insomnium, Armored Saint, and More

Alright, after a some time off I think I’m finally getting the wheels turning again. Not at work, of course. But everywhere else, for sure.

  • This is from last week, but since I can’t get enough of Insomnium I’m going to share it anyway. The Finnish melodic death metal legends announced a new EP, Argent Moon, which is set for a September 17th release through Century Media. In conjunction, they also dropped a new track and video titled “The Antagonist”. Personally, I love the melancholy vibe of the last few singles I’ve heard. This band can do no wrong.
  • Armored Saint have announced fresh tour dates with Black Label Society and Prong. It’s a very brief run of five shows, all out west, from December 27th through the 31st. The only band I’ve seen live out of this bunch recently was BLS, and based on that alone I can confirm these shows are worth attending if you can manage it.
  • Bastardur, the crust punk project from Aðalbjörn Tryggvason (Sólstafir), has officially signed on with Season of Mist and announced new album details. Satan’s Loss of Son will be out on October 29th, and you can preview what’s to come with the new single titled “Viral Tumor”.
  • Let’s close out a very weird day with the new single and video from Mono, who I love dearly. This track it titled “Riptide”, which is taken from Pilgrimage of the Soul. That album is set for a September 17th release through Pelagic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Receiving the Evcharist: MONO and Pelagic Coffee’s The Great Dying

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Welcome back, friends!  Today we have something special going on in the way of a two-for from Pelagic Records.  As you already know, Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offerings: MONO’s Beyond the Past: Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra and Pelagic Coffee’s The Great Dying.

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