Best of 2020: Zyklonius’s List

Best of 2020

In 2020, time became a melting flat circle and the concept of eternal recurrence became far too real, mundane and inescapable. Thankfully the high quality of metal released during the year provided solace, perspective and inspiration that helped endure the blizzard of blurring days, weeks and months. Time lost all structural integrity and meaning also in the sense that you will find full-length albums, EPs and even single-track releases on my list, owing to their excellence, innovation, enjoyability, distinct identity and sound as well the evolutionary leaps the featured bands took. The fact that I could omit from my list so many fantastic releases, from the likes of Afterbirth, Havukruunu, Mare Cognitum & Spectral Lore, Serocs, Sweven, Wake and Wills Dissolve, is simply indicative of the sheer quantity of stellar-grade metal in 2020. The list is long and full of flowery prose elaborating why these particular releases resonated with me, so enough with the prefacing.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 140 (8.1.2020)

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Did we get the date wrong in the title of last week’s column? When time has no meaning anymore, who can say? All we know is that THIS week’s playlist is jammed full of a diverse mix of what we’ve all been listening to this week, from Anhedonist (RIP Kim Harrington and thank you for some of my favorite riffs ever written) to Obsidian Kingdom’ new single, to Margo Price and Diarrhea Planet. Get in there and find something good.

– Vincent


CANTO: Wolves In The Throne Room, Obsidian Kingdom, Tomorrow’s Rain, and More

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“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2016: Zyklonius’ List

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I am writing this intro blurb on Christmas eve, on Lemmy’s birthday and almost exactly a year after his death. Today, the largest newspaper in Finland published a fascinating article discussing Lemmy’s life (unfortunately in Finnish). The article’s lead paragraph notes the failure of humanity to carry on without Lemmy and the shockwave his death created, paving the way for 2016 in all its depressing grimness. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 11, 2016

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I’m starting this off with a picture of Germany’s Accuser, because there’s not a TON else coming out today — and I’m sure as hell not about to lead with a picture of Killswitch Engage. Who, yes, still exist and who, yes, are also dropping a new album today. Oh well. We’ve also got a new split from Panopticon and Waldgefluster, as well as a reissue from Auroch, so get ready to dig your teeth in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, March 11:
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