The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 219 (2.19.2022)

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Third week in a row where February continues to just pummel us with great music releases. The latest from Australia’s Neptune Power Federation brings the heavy rock and roll swagger my body craves, and then Immolation just wrecks with their signature menacing take on death metal. Good way to kick off the 219th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist, I’d say…

Elsewhere in the ether Vincent slays with some Madame Germen, Battle of Mice and Amenra. Josh shares my joy at the news of new Somali Yacht Club forthcoming, and bridges the old (Dangerous Toys) with the new (Undeath). Ian only has one thing on his mind, and that is the new single from Amon Amarth. Anton is all about Transcending Obscurity this week, bringing both Dischordia and Sisyphean into the playlist. Angela always plays the game hard, and this week is no exception with Health X, Nothing, and Cult of Luna while Buke is always reliable for a wide range of music: this week he throws in Hath, Nuclear Assault, Nails, and ends us with some classic epic prog courtesy of Yes, of all bands.

Get listening. See you next week.

Chris

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 67 (02.16.2019)

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Welcome to the glorious end of another week.  This is especially nice for me, as I’m staring a nice three-day weekend in the face at the moment, which is gonna give me plenty of time to catch up on all the new releases I’ve been slacking on getting to (I did check out the Coltsblood and Un split today and boy howdy was that some good doom).  You can catch me holed up in my bed with my tablet and Spotify for 72 uninterrupted hours as the greater Los Angeles area slowly succumbs to the relentless sheets of rain we’ve been having for the last two weeks.  And if you need some listening inspiration, check out what tunes we’ve been digging below. Stay cozy, wherever you are.

– Vincent

Manny’s Magical Genre Guide: Thrash Metal

Scooby_Doo_43493Welcome to the first installment of Manny’s Magical Genre Guide. The idea here is to provide a primer for people that are interested in getting into thrash but haven’t really ever taken the time to get a proper foundation. Through my own history with metal, a bunch of research and talking to some people that are well versed in the subject, I put together this compact genre guide. What it should provide is self-conscious-free learning about metal genres that more people should be aware of. Basically, I do the research and you reap the benefits. In our first installment we are going to hit up Metal’s awesome roots: Thrash.

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Throwback Thursday: Headbanger’s Ball

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After nearly an 8 year run the footlights went out for the original Headbangers Ball at the end of January 1995. By this point it wasn’t much of a surprise, at least to me. The show had become a shell of its own self. Long gone were the days of rowdy interviews and comical backstage mishaps. The programming shifted into the mainstream rock and grunge thing that was happening at that time and left its roots to rot and die a slow death. During its peak though, the show was my favorite two hours of tv and thus is the focus of this edition of tbt. Continue reading

Quickies: The Return of Sanctuary, the End of Nuclear Assault (?) and more

Early Quickies??? Early Quickies!!! Let’s not waste any time, folks–here’s what we missed in the world of metal today:

True story: this is actually the first HammerFall song I’ve listened to since “Hearts on Fire.” Which came out 12 years ago. Somehow, I don’t regret not keeping up with them. Shocking, I know! Anyway, that’ll do it for today. Check back tomorrow for more Horns Up!

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.