I had this enormous amount of words set to open this thing but opted for… not that. We’ve all lived through another year so there’s no need to reiterate. Instead, I’ll say that 2022 was great for me. It’ll be one of those years I’ll look back on as one that changed things for the better and I’ll have extremely fond memories of it for reasons I can’t mention here. But, I’ll also look back on it as a tremendous year for metal. And it doesn’t matter what strain you dig as pretty much all of it had a banner year. I know it seems like we’re a broken record saying that every year, but 2022 was damn strong. If you don’t feel the same, please rewind and revisit and get back to me. Otherwise, welcome to all the things that made a huge difference for me throughout the year and what was my 2022 soundtrack, what made the biggest impact…whatever, you get the idea. This list of 18…, wait…you ask “why 18?” Well, branding of course. We’re Nine Circles so you’ll get my top 9 and my 9 honorable mentions… and a few special mentions. 9C, as it was. So, let’s do it…Continue reading
CANTO: Dust Prophet, Carma, Straightline, and More
And just like that, it’s a whole new year! But let’s be clear, that isn’t necessarily a good thing.
- Leading off, we have a track from Dust Prophet. “Bury Me Before Noon” is the final single taken from One Last Look Upon The Sky before it’s January 27th release. Give it a listen over on Bandcamp. And if you pre-order that album from the same platform, you’ll be able to access it a day early, which definitely does not suck.
- Death metallers Obscene have some U.S. tour dates coming this spring with Molder. That run starts March 31st in Chicago and wraps on April 8th in Indianapolis.
- Need a little glam metal in your life? Give “High ‘N Dry” a watch and listen, the latest from Wig Wam. Out of the Dark will be out on February 10th.
- Next, we have Ropes Inside A Hole. The post-metal collective released a new video for “Loss & Grief”, which they shared via Veil Of Sound. A Man And His Nature is out on January 10th through Voice of the Unheard Records and Shove Records.
- Ossadas, the sophomore album from Carma, is set for a March 3rd release through Monumental Rex. To get a taste of what’s to come, give the lyric video for “Memória” a watch here.
- Closing out, we have some fresh thrash punk out of Munich. Below is the music video from Straightline for “Earth Defenders”. That track is taken from Keep Your Cool, which is out through Lockjaw Records and Thousand Islands Records.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
CANTO: Mörk Gryning, Predatory Light, Swallow The Sun, and More
Apparently April is officially the month of four day work weeks for me. Not gonna fight it.
- Mörk Gryning have announced their first U.S. tour, and that’s how we’re leading things off today. The dates run from April 28th through May 9th, and they’ll be joined by Arsantiqva, The Noctambulant, and Promethean Horde.
- After a notable six year absence, Predatory Light have returned. The second album from the black metal collective, Death And The Twilight Hours, is set for a May 20th release through 20 Buck Spin. Check out “To Plead Like Angels” here.
- Entropia have signed on with Agonia Records, with plans to release their next album, Total, later in the year. The extreme metal band out of Poland has some momentum, so we’ll keep an eye on this one.
- American death metallers Obscene have announced tour dates in support of Morta Skuld, as they prepare the release of their next album. From Dead Horizon… to Dead Horizon will be out through Blood Harvest on May 27th, just to finish that thought.
- We’ll close out Monday with a new video from Swallow The Sun for “This House Has No Name”. That track, of course, is taken from Moonflowers, which dropped late last year through Century Media. Pick that album up here, if you haven’t already, and check out the new clip below.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”