The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 256 (11.5.2022)

It haunts me. Teases me with brief glimpses and subtle hints of the delight to come. My every waking minute tears my attention in two directions: what is the present will become the past. But for how long? The clock only moves one hour, but what time will this all too-solid flesh remember?

(Yeah…I really am looking forward getting that extra hour of sleep)

Anyway, let’s get going with the 256th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist. I’m not going to burden you with more Darkthrone even though all I’ve been playing is Astral Fortress since it arrived on vinyl here at the compound. Instead we’re going to kick off with some new older school metal, starting with a 1-2 kick to the balls courtesy of Skull Fist and Riot City. Elsewhere we’re rocking with the tangy taste of Dead and Dreaming, …And Oceans, Devil’s Witches, Type O Negative, Mord ‘A’ Stigmata, a massive dose of death courtesy of a 3-way split between Lipoma, Trocar, and Fluids, some Trash Panda, Eyes of Eden, Lacuna Coil, and a host of music at the close to get to know our new writer Dan M. who just joined the 9C ranks.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Morbid Angel, Thy Catafalque, Anti-Flag, and More


Things I didn’t realize I still owned until I started packing… two guitars. Who knew?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Goatwhore, Soen, Stormruler, and More

Goatwhore

Two more work days until another break. Is it bad that this is my attitude these days?

  • Soen unveiled a cover of Slipknot’s “Snuff” today, and that’s as good of a place to start as any. Give the performance video a watch here. That is taken from their forthcoming release, Atlantis, which is out on November 18th through Silver Lining Music.
  • Stormruler has been one of my favorite recent discoveries, and with the release of Sacred Rites & Black Magick coming this Friday, I think dropping in the new lyric video for “Upon Frozen Shores” is appropriate. That album will be out through Napalm Records.
  • Like Ants And Snakes, the latest from Mord’A’Stigmata, is on my list of shit to check out this week. I just haven’t yet. So let’s at least give “I am the Arm” a listen while we have a couple of minutes. That album is out on November 4th through Pagan Records.
  • Angels Hung from the Arches of Heaven, the latest from Goatwhore, is absolutely incredible. So naturally, the best way to wrap up the day is with the new video for the title-track, which you can see below. That album is out now through Metal Blade.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 252 (10.8.2022)

The weather’s turning colder, which means it’s time to wear a sweater…and jump into some extremity. Let’s not mince words and instead jump right into the 252nd edition of the Nine Circles Playlist.

We’re starting with new music from Ritual Dictates and Blind Illusion, and the the crew takes over with new Ingested, Ripped to Shreds and Mord’A’Stigmata. We also turn the volume down a bit with Touche Amore and Lantlôs before ramping it back up with Glassing and a whole bunch more.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

Nine Circles ov…Mistakes Made on End of Year Lists

Sometimes you make a snap judgement on an album. Sometimes in the heat of the moment with the hype and the accolades you convince yourself this or that record IS deserving of a place on the list. Sometimes that record takes the place of a record you find yourself listening to constantly years later.

It happens. Even when your annual end of year list(s) top out at close to 50 records after all the hemming and hawing is over with. And so for this edition of Nine Circles ov… in preparation of the 2020 end-of-year ranking I look back at my past lists and find nine albums that, frankly, I made a mistake on.
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