The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 160 (12.19.2020)

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Welcome, one and all, to another edition of our Saturday morning mixtape series. This week, we’ve got a ton of new singles from the likes of The Ruins of Beverast, Tribulation, and Emptiness, plus a new Two Minutes to Late Night cover, some classic Arsis, and even a little garage rock for good measure. Take a listen down below.

– Vincent

Nine Circles ov… “Isolated Evolution” Influences

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So, besides championing the music I love to the masses here at Nine Circles, I also bash a bunch of instruments together under the perhaps ill-conceived name Necrolytic Goat Converter.  I mention this for two reasons: 1) so it doesn’t feel like it’s coming out of nowhere when I mention my new album Isolated Evolution comes out August 18 and you can pre-order it here, and 2) one of the things that often gets mentioned in both reviews and interviews for ANY band or album is influences.  Drawing comparisons and tracing lines to other music is par for the course when it comes to reviewing albums – heck, we do it ourselves here all the time.

So, since it’s been asked of me more than once and it gives me the chance to briefly wax poetic on some of the music I love, this edition of Nine Circles ov… highlights some of the specific songs and bands that served as a foundation upon which I constructed the album.  Which I will again gladly point out you can pre-order using the link above.  That being said, let’s dig in…   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Noisem, Leprous, Nachtmystium and more!

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June 9, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:

    • Leading off, Noisem have announced the departures of guitarist Yago Ventura, bassist Billy Carnes and vocalist Tyler Carnes. That leaves the Phillips brothers and new vocalist Ben Anft, also of Castle Freak. At least there’s a new album in the bag?

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Donuts & CANTO: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sleep, Nachtmystium and more!

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Paul O’Neill — founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

April 7, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off, condolences to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra family on the passing of founding member Paul O’Neill. Rest in peace, Paul.

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Donuts & CANTO: Ulver, Morbid Angel, Danzig and more!

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Ulver

March 17, 2017

Good morning, and a happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all. It’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Ahead of the release of their upcoming album The Assassination of Julius CaesarUlver released a new track called “Nemoralia.” It’s wildly fine.
  • Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker tried waaaaaaay too hard to appease alienated fans, using “death metal” three times in a single sentence to describe what the band’s new material sounds like. When asked for a follow-up comment, guitarist Trey Azagthoth simply kept banging hardcore and radical. (I’m assuming.)
  • Remember how lame Danzig‘s covers album, Skeletons, was? Well, good news! The legend’s dropping a new album of original material in May. It will probably suck less?
  • Against overwhelming odds, it appears the Nachtmystium train’s building up steam once more. The band’s been booked for the invite-only (WTF??) Carnis Festum Open Air in California. We shall see.
  • I’m sure there are some symphonic metal fans among our readers here at Nine Circles, right? Maybe? Well, if so…good news for y’all: Xandria has announced their first-ever North American headlining tour.
  • Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and his ambient side project, BardSpec, have announced their debut albumHydrogen, which drops June 23. I’m excited for a couple of reasons: first, the band cites both Tangerine Dream and Godflesh as influences; and second, that cover art kicks an ass.
  • And finally, Kvelertak released a video for “Bronsegud,” off last year’s Nattesferd. You can check it out below:

Not sure why a 2:57 song had to turn into a 6:22 video. BOLD STRATEGY, COTTON, LET’S SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT FOR ‘EM. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time on Monday for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan