CANTO: Cynic, Opeth, Vile Creature, and More

I have returned from a long weekend in which I ran way too many miles. Now let’s see how many new singles we can cram into this thing.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 175 (4.3.2021)

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This week get you down? Too much monkey business? All of the above? It’s Saturday. Finally. Put the week in your rearview and focus on our Saturday morning mixtape of things we’ve been cranking this week. We’ve got a Slay At Home performance from The Lion’s Daughter, some Opeth, YOB, Schammasch, Hammer King, Beggar, Cloud Rat, Craven Idol, and several more from all over the music spectrum. So, let the rough side drag and jam with us.

– Josh

Best of 2019: Chris’s List

Best of 2019

Fourth verse, same as the first?  Or second, or third for that matter?

This is my fourth End of Year List for Nine Circles, and the more the music changes, the more the sentiment stays the same.  With each new dance partner our hands clasp; our eyes lock and I see and hear and ask the same thing:  What does this do for me?  What does it mean?  Why this, and not something else?

I tried to spend this year answering those questions, particularly the last one.  In a year where I finally acknowledged that – while still important and cherished – metal was no longer the driving musical force in my life, I wanted to understand why the metal that I was drawn to impacted me.  What was it about the way this riff, or that vocal line, or that lyric touched me in a way maybe some other song, track, or album didn’t? Continue reading

Best of 2019: Jon’s List

Best of 2019

This past year for me was spent quietly tending to personal projects and family concerns. Most of the reviews I wrote were in the first half; the second half I mostly concerned myself with releasing another Domestikwom album, starting a movie podcast with Chris, and a YouTube channel with occasional Nine Circles contributor and Qoheleth noise man Jeremy Hunt.

When I finally lifted my head above ground, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I had actually done a good enough job of keeping up with the year’s new releases that I could put together a list I could stand behind.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Chris and Dan Count Down Their Favorite Non-Metal of 2019!

best of 2019 non-metal

Episode 34 of the Nine Circles Audio Thing takes a break from all that loud metal for the holidays as Chris and Dan go on for probably too long about their favorite non-metal music of 2019. Continue reading