Best of 2018: Corey’s List

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Ah, yes. Here we are again. Yet another journey around the sun has given us reason to pause and reflect on how lucky we are to have, almost literally, an indefinite source of music and art to appreciate at any moment in time. In this case, the musical form known as heavy metal. Yes, even in our very defined place in the artistic world, there is an unending wave of inspired music that we endlessly celebrate, together, across the globe. Except… wait, metal internet is basically the worst and ruins everything, doesn’t it? Nevermind. Continue reading

CANTO: King Diamond, Mark Morton, Monotheist, and More

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Hopefully I’m done writing my Best of 2018 post tonight… but I wouldn’t be optimistic.

  • Black Flags Over Brooklyn, New York’s first ever anti-fascist metal festival, has finalized its lineup. Notables (to me) include Morne, Cloud Rat, and Glacial Tomb, among others. The festival is January 25th and 26th at Brooklyn Bazaar.
  • Some news from Monotheist. The group welcomes new drummer Chris Stropoli and vocalist Cooper Bates. They’ll be on tour with Cognitive next month for a handful of shows. Get at that.
  • Mark Morton has released the second single from his debut solo album, Anesthetic, which will be out on March 1st. This track is called “Cross Off” and it features Chester Bennington.
  • King Diamond’s Songs for the Dead Live won’t be out for a couple more weeks. Fortunately, you can peep a preview right now. This is “Arrival (Live at Graspop)”. Enjoy the shit out of it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 52 (9.8.2018)

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Fall is teasing us with slightly cooler nights and 2018 is not getting any weaker on the back end for metal releases. The hits just keep coming: The Ocean recently announced Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic for a November street date FINALLY, and Evoken will serve up Hypnagogia in that same month. We will also see albums from Hate Eternal, Voivod, Sumac, Megaton Leviathan and so many more before this year is done, all of it excites me to no end. Fall has the same effect; Halloween and horror movies and fires…yessss. I’ve gotten all out of sorts here as you can clearly see but you came to check out what we’ve been listening to over the past two weeks so let’s get to it. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here and head immediately below for a Saturday filled with all the good stuff…

– Josh

Album Review: Morne – “To The Night Unknown”

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With a history that reaches back well over a decade now, it would be wrong to consider Boston-based doom metallers Morne as anything but veterans in their craft. Yet, despite previously releasing three full-length offerings over that span of time, it has still been over five years since Shadows was released to the world. With the release of To The Night Unknown, however, Morne has proven that those days were spent wisely. This latest effort has taken on an improved, more dynamic form than any of its predecessors and is, without a shadow of doubt, the strongest Morne release to date. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 2 – 8, 2018

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We’re hitting you with this one on Labor Day so hopefully all of today’s visitors have the day off and the time to actually go through this list of new releases. That also means NO MONDAY BLUES. Until tomorrow. Ugh. Nevermind that for now, keep reading.

Starting us off is everyone’s favorite Brazilians Krisiun with their eleventh full length, Scourge of the Enthroned, and honestly if it weren’t for the rest of this list, I could make a home inside their robust ass kicking death metal. But, there’s MA’s Morne up next with To the Night Unknown and I’m not sure if you’ve been following this band or not but you’ll want to now —- this band is doing truly amazing and unique things with doom and post-metal. And then there’s Pig Destroyer who cut the strings on a six year silence with the abrasive yet instantly catchy Head Cage, one thing I’ve learned over the past several years is these guys can do no wrong and whether you’re into grindcore or not GET THIS ALBUM. And on top of all that is And All Will Be Desolation from Allfather which I have tagged below as beard metal – it’s in their catch phrase, look it up – but in reality this thing is a smorgasbord of sludge, death metal and beat down hardcore that is the best work this UK band has done to date, check out “Citadels” for proof – good god man.

I told you today was good. And you haven’t sent the rest yet, much more of this to come below. If you’re off, enjoy and happy Labor Day. If you’re working…well, that sucks and happy Labor Day anyway. See you here throughout the week. Continue reading