CANTO: Devin Townsend, Obituary, Heavy Scotland, and More!

Devin Townsend live

1/31/2018. Last day of January. That might mean something to someone.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Donuts & CANTO: Aura Noir, Ihsahn, The Black Dahlia Murder and more!

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Aura Noir

June 13, 2017

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

    • Leading off, Aura Noir will be headlining Stardust NYC’s two-night “Nightmares Over Brooklyn” series in October, with the band’s original trio lineup performing live in North America for the first time ever. And, once again, I’ll be away at school. Goddammit.

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Donuts & CANTO: Amorphis, Decapitated, Khemmis and more!

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Ex-Amorphis bassist Niclas Etelavuori

April 28, 2017

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

    • Leading off, longtime Amorphis bassist Niclas Etelävuori has left the band, citing not issues with his bandmates, but rather, issues with alleged mismanagement. The band has recruited original bassist Olli-Pekka Laine to fill in for their upcoming summer festival commitments.

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Circle Pit: Albums We Missed, Q1 2017

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And like that, a quarter of the year has gone…

I swear it feels like the amount of music released increases exponentially year to year. What’s even more surprising is how much of it is actually pretty damn good. Metal had a great showing in 2016 and judging by the first few months it looks like 2017 has the potential to be even bigger. I’m sure it’s obvious, but as much as we want to cover everything in a timely fashion… well, we are but a few humble writers in a veritable ocean of albums, and the waves are only getting bigger. You can see the quandary, no?

NO? WHADDYA MEAN, NO?!

Well, for the sake of our sanity humor me, please. The Nine Circles staff are scaling Mount Purgatory in this new take on a circle pit to bring you a few albums we missed in the hopes you don’t do the same. There’s something here for everyone so tag along as we begin our ascent. Breathe the rarified air, take it all in, it’s worth it.

Trust us.
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Donuts & CANTO: Chuck Berry, Wormrot, Baroness and more!

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Chuck Berry

March 20, 2017

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

  • First things first: as always, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music on Friday, including WoeObituary and more. Check out Josh’s recap here.
  • This isn’t nearly metal, but it’s still a damn shame: rock ‘n’ roll originator Chuck Berry passed away over the weekend at age 90. Hell of a life, and an incredible loss. Rest in peace, Chuck.
  • Well, this sucks: Singaporean grinders Wormrot have cancelled their planned U.S. tour due to concerns over having proper papers in the current political climate. That includes their appearance at Maryland Deathfest. Fuck the Orange One forever.
  • Baroness frontman John Dyer Baizley, who curated this year’s Roadburn Festival, announced that he, bandmates Pete Adams and Marek Sarba, and Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly will join forces to perform a set of punk covers at the festival. I’m totally not upset that I’m not going to Roadburn this year. Not upset at all. Not one bit.
  • Ahead of their upcoming debut album, supergroup Dead Cross — featuring Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and others — dropped a new song called “Shillelagh.” I don’t know who or what a “Shillelagh” is, but you should listen to it. Because Mike Patton.
  • And finally, Steel Panther put out another new music video called “I Got What You Want,” which — let’s be real — there’s no way I wasn’t going to include in this round-up. Check it out below:

The band’s new album, Lower the Bar, drops this Friday. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan