Best of 2019: Angela's List

Best of 2019

Most of us are eager to dart into 2020 and leave 2019 in our wakes.  While I’m ready for a fresh start and a new year, I want to linger in 2019 a little longer to savor the musical releases.  Many wonderful albums were released this year which made narrowing down and ranking my top picks a challenge.  The albums that ended up on this list are albums that resonated with me—albums that I kept revisiting, I kept blasting through headphones, and kept giving me goosebumps.

I decided to pick 9 albums in honor of Nine Circles and this wonderful community that welcomed me in this year.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

Best of 2019: Josh’s List

Best of 2019

I know, you’ve come here in hopes of some diatribe about how my 2019 sucked ass or how I loathed a lot of stuff this year. But, if that’s what you came for look elsewhere. 2019 has been a good year for me on many fronts. My family continually prove to me that true beauty does exist, I have a great job that was extremely busy all year, I got to speak with a few bands I truly adore, I trimmed social media, I kept up with those who matter, and those who matter kept up with me. Oh, almost forgot, amazing bourbon was had along the way and we found a new local brewery with a top shelf IPA. One thing that hasn’t changed is the impact music has on my life and this list, my list, encompasses what raised the hair on the back of my neck. Buckle up buttercup. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 104 (11.09.2019)

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We’re coming at you a little later than usual today because I’m a goof, but better late than never, right?  Welcome back to another edition of the Nine Circles weekly mixtape.  Today, we’ve got an extremely full house with respect to staff picks, and quite a diverse set of tunes queued up.  There’s a little something for every taste in there today, so without further ado, dive right in.  And hey, happy Saturday.

– Vincent

Initial Descent: October 27 – November 2, 2019

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Nile

Alright folks, THIS IS IT: Halloween week. Do all the things associated and do them with vigor, we’ve been discussing this for weeks now so if you’re behind, GET CAUGHT UP. Moving on, bands are fighting for your attention this week — it’s the devil’s week so why not? — seeing as we’ve got the longest list in recent memory so let’s get to it.

Nile has always understood how to make some of the best death metal around and this week’s new album is no exception, expect more Egyptian tales and more vitriol. Score. November’s Doom officially usher in the gloominess of winter on their eleventh powerhouse, Paganizer keep Swedeath punchy and neck-breaking on their eleventh full length, and Wilderun make a strong case for uniquely different progressive metal that’s truly one for the ages AND it’s not another Opeth clone, finally. So much music to get to and so many Halloween things to do, it’ll be a busy week on so many levels. Go forth and destroy… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 100

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Well folks, this is it. The 100th edition of our weekly mixtape. This week, we’re kicking things off with the trippy new video for Blood Incantation’s new single (!!!) plus live footage of another song off the upcoming Hidden Histories of the Human Race. I’m still waaaay deep in my screamo binge, and Josh reps my local boys in Teeth, who you should all be listening to way more than you currently are. Thanks a ton for checking this out enough to keep it going this long. We appreciate the hell out of ALL of you.

Now, let’s party.

– Vincent