CANTO: Iotunn, Summoning The Lich, Culted, and More

Oh look, America broke. Who could have EVER seen this coming?? Anyway. 2/26 seems to be a popular date in today’s announcements…

  • Summoning The Lich just signed on to a deal with Prosthetic Records back in October, and today have announced details surrounding their debut album. The fantasy-themed death metal crew out of St. Louis will release United In Chaos on February 26th. Check out that clip for “The Nightmare Begins” while you’re at it.
  • Iotunn, the progressive metal band out of Denmark, have unveiled new album details. Access All Worlds will also be out on February 26th, through Metal Blade Records. Today, they released a new single for “Voyage of the Garganey I”, which can be heard at that link as well.
  • We’re still paying tribute to Alexi Laiho at Nine Circles, so let’s pause here and take a few minutes to watch this cover of “Downfall”. That clip includes members of Immortal Guardian, Helion Prime, and Oceans Of Slumber.
  • Blackened industrial doom project Culted are releasing a new album on, you guessed it, February 26th through Season of Mist, titled Nous. You can pre-order that here. Check out the new video for “Black Bird” immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Best of 2020

Best of 2020

For this episode we go all in with most of the staff for our best of 2020 picks. We hit the high notes of what tickled our fancies for the year that was a shitstorm and even welcomed in a new member to the family. So, buckle up for an epic episode that has a wealth of stuff you may have missed and be sure to take notes, artists we mention need your support so open up those wallets and purses.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 162 (1.2.2020)

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Happy New Year. Hopefully that sentiment will actually be happy and not some bullshit sentiment you forget about in the next 3 seconds. But, if so, alrighty then and totally understood. Well then, here we are in the new year with some cracking tunes we’ve been jamming ’round the water cooler and we just know you’re going to love something here. We’ve got new stuff from Vokonis, Ceremonial Bloodbath, Kyrios, The Lylat Continuum, and Crypticus as well as some remixed Between the Buried and Me, some Srd, some Oceans of Slumber, Angerot, R.E.M., and MF Doom. As always, it’s a mixed bag of goodies so hit the play button below and veg out on this supreme Saturday. Enjoy!

– Josh

Nine Circles ov…Mistakes Made on End of Year Lists

Sometimes you make a snap judgement on an album. Sometimes in the heat of the moment with the hype and the accolades you convince yourself this or that record IS deserving of a place on the list. Sometimes that record takes the place of a record you find yourself listening to constantly years later.

It happens. Even when your annual end of year list(s) top out at close to 50 records after all the hemming and hawing is over with. And so for this edition of Nine Circles ov… in preparation of the 2020 end-of-year ranking I look back at my past lists and find nine albums that, frankly, I made a mistake on.
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Album Review: Oceans of Slumber — “Oceans of Slumber”

Please welcome guest reviewer Didrik Mešiček, who was brought to us by our very own Hera, as he pens his thoughts on this release.

From the American south comes a romantic darkness in the form of Oceans Of Slumber, a thoroughly unique band blending death/doom with progressive metal. The sextet will be releasing their fourth full-length album Oceans of Slumber this week and I’ve been enamored by it ever since receiving it.

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