Nine Circles ov…What Didn’t Make My 2020 End of Year List…(But Could Have)

Next week I’ll be posting Part 1 of my annual glut of end of year posts, but there’s usually so much I enjoyed I like to spread the wealth a little bit and put some beloved but odd-man-out entries out there for you to consider.  In a dumpster fire of a year like 2020, putting anything out is kind of a miracle, but the amount of quality music – let alone metal – is kind of astounding. It served as a balm when I needed to calm down, as an ignition switch when I needed to get fired up, and as a wail of despair when I didn’t think I could take much more of what life was throwing at me.

So similar to years past, any one of these could have made my final list.  Maybe it was a lack of time, maybe it was something that stood as a taste instead of a meal…maybe it’s just that what I needed was served elsewhere.  Doesn’t make this list any less righteous.  So for this edition of Nine Circles ov…, let’s stop talking and get into the good stuff.
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CANTO: Mr. Bungle, Helfir, Cult of Lilith, and More

This may come as a surprise, but I’m ready for a beer.

  • Mr. Bungle has announced a virtual concert experience that will take place on Halloween. Tickets for “The Night They Came Home!” can be purchased here. There are some cool bundles that also include The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny… so, you know what to do.
  • U.S. black metal crew Uthullun will release their first LP on November 13th through Wolves Of Hades, titled Dirges for the Void. You can pre-order the digital album through Bandcamp, or the vinyl through the label.
  • And as always, a couple tasty new tracks to share. We’ll start with “The Past”, from Helfir. The Journey drops on November 6th through My Kingdom Music, but check out the new track over at Friedhof Magazine.
  • Lastly, the new video from Cult of Lilith for “Atlas”. Mara is out now worldwide through Metal Blade Records. That new video can viewed immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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