The Third Circle of Bandcamp: July 2020 Edition

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July was a strange month for music and you are going to feel it in this one boys and girls. I found myself listening to a lot of not-metal in July, and so a good chunk of it has made it into this month’s Third Circle.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Osi and the Jupiter — “Appalachia”

I’ve had a lot of fun with Rainbows in the Dark here.  As much as I love metal, I love a diverse range of genres, I like being able to talk about all of them, and I like being able to stretch my comfort zone and get into stuff I would normally pass by.  I’ve found a lot of albums that I’ve really enjoyed for this column, but with Osi and the Jupiter and their EP Appalachia, I have found true gold, the kind of release I hoped I would find when I picked up this column. Continue reading

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: Septicflesh, Metallica, Osi and the Jupiter, and More

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Guess I’m going to go pre-order a bunch more vinyl after writing this. Life is so hard.

  • A couple videos to share today. The first one comes from Septicflesh, who released a live performance of “The Vampire from Nazareth”. That’s another one taken from the upcoming DVD Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX.
  • This was somewhat hinted at yesterday. Metallica have released two songs from their S&M2 performance. You can check out “All Within My Hands” here, and “Nothing Else Matters” here. That DVD drops on August 28th I believe.
  • Crown the Emperor are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a live streamed acoustic performance this coming Saturday (July 18th) at 5 PM EST. You can view that over on their Twitch channel.
  • Finally, a new video from Osi and the Jupiter. This one is called “The Binding Will of the Mountains”, and it’s taken from their upcoming EP titled Appalachia. That drops on July 31st through Eisenwald.

“Ein Bie… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Carach Angren, Osi and the Jupiter, Within Temptation, and More

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“They spoke of the loneliest shadow, a thousand year old enemy. When man bowed for souls of the new world, a thousand year old legacy.”

  • Osi and the Jupiter have announced that July 31st will be the release date of the new Appalachia EP through Eisenwald. Needless to say, this is one I will be picking up… and FITM nostalgia is only, like, 10% of the reason.
  • Carach Angren have released their third new single from their upcoming album, Franckensteina Strataemontanus,  which drops on June 26th through Season of Mist. Check out “Operation Compass” right here.
  • We’ll close with a couple new videos, because that just sounds fun. The first is from Within Temptation, for a new track called “Entertain You”. You can check that out here. Side note, you should be happy that I didn’t work a pun into this bit of news.
  • And finally, a new lyric video from Green Carnation for “Sentinels”. In case you haven’t checked out Leaves of Yesteryear yet, it’s very good. And it’s out now through Season of Mist.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb