Nine Circles ov…2019: A Mid-Year Report

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Anyone feel oppressed by the ridiculous heat blasting through the Northeast?  It almost makes you want to take a month off of writing for a website.  I kid, but in truth I needed some time because the amount of quality metal that has been coming out this year has been INSANE.  Label faves like Season of Mist and Gilead have been routinely hitting it out of the park, but great music has been crawling out of every nook and cranny, and it’s dizzying to be caught up in the middle of it.  I had a list of about 14 I wanted to throw on here, but in keeping with the nature of the column I stuck to nine, all released this year before 7/1, and all on Bandcamp, because dammit let’s support artists with dollars, not fractions of pennies (plus it makes the formatting nice).

So here’s a glimpse of where my head is currently at.  We’ll see where these land come end of year, but right now they’re red hot and in constant rotation in my ears.  Onward. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 78 (05.04.2019)

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This is one of those weeks where I sincerely hope you all are doing better than I am.  As you can probably tell by my absence in our Friday column, I am laid up with all manner of plague, illness, and devilry this week.  The one saving grace has been a barrage of good music, both new and old.  The trifecta of new Gilead Media releases have all had their first tracks released, a rip-roaring new single dropped from my hometown heroes Immortal Bird, a stunning new collab between Full of Hell and Lingua Ignota, and the 30th birthday of The Cure’s Disintegration reminded me just what a masterpiece that album truly is.  These things have been carrying me through the week on their shoulders, and I’ll let them speak for themselves in our mixtape playlist below.  Now, to keep watching Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives to remember a time when solid food was an option for me…

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 75 (04.13.2019)

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Welcome to another Saturday, weekend warriors.  We all collectively pulled through another one.  Why not treat yourself?  Kick back, try not to think about all the fun everyone’s having at Roadburn, and plug in some headphones.  We’ve got a brand new mixtape for you, chock full of good stuff old and new, metal and not.  Something for everyone.

– Vincent

Best of 2016: Jonathan Petkau’s List

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Many of you know Jonathan Petkau from his podcast Respectably Loud or his other podcast, which he does with his wife, The X-Hausted Files or from his tireless efforts with the almighty Skulltoaster on Metal Minute or from his black metal project Domestikwom or possibly for keeping the list for MetalBandCampGiftClub nice and tidy. To say Jon is a busy man is an understatement and what I’ve mentioned doesn’t even include Dad duties. So, it is with extreme pleasure and appreciation that we are able to present his Best of 2016 list. Honestly I don’t know where he finds the time to listen to music at all but even the busiest of people need a soundtrack so without further ado, click that continue reading button and jump in. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 22, 2016

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Holy shit, it’s another big week for metal albums. Where do you even begin with this stuff? Okay,well, you know where we’re going to begin with this stuff just by looking at the picture above — with Revocation, of course. The band one of the best logos in metal — which they inexplicably decided to omit from their new, sixth album, Great Is Our Sin. Oh well. What else?

How about a new album from Hammers of Misfortune, which might just have my favorite cover art of the year so far? And how about one from Denouncement Pyre? And one from Profanatica? Hell, even Periphery and Black Crown Initiate drop some new material today. In short, I’ve got a lot of listening to get to — so I’m going to cut this intro off right about meow. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
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