Holy crap, we made it to Episode 40 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing! It may be May, but this here is the Album of the Month for April which is City Burials by veteran Swedish art/doom/metal/anything goes rockets Katatonia. Buke once again captains the episode joined by Vince, Ian, Angela, Charles, and Hera, who had the pick for the month! Continue reading
Took the day off yesterday because I thought I went crazy. But nay! I resume canto-ing!
- Let’s start with something fun. Sylvaine will be hosting a live metal yoga session this coming Saturday (April 25th) at 1:00 PM EDT. It can be viewed at the Season of Mist YouTube channel here.
- Paradise Lost released a new track from Obsidian today called “Ghosts”. So far, I’ve really been digging the latest from the goth metal legends. As a reminder, that album drops on May 15th through Nuclear Blast.
- Remember that Ministry countdown clock? Well, turns out it was counting down to a new song titled “Alert Level”. In addition to the new single, which samples activist Greta Thunberg, they want to know… “How concerned are you?”
- Since City Burials dropped today (through Peaceville), we’ll close with Katatonia‘s newly released music video for “The Winter of our Passing”. If listening to it wasn’t enough a couple days ago, now you can look at it too! To add to the excitement, Katatonia will also be streaming a live performance on May 9th.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Earth Day… and I’ve been reluctant to go outside all day because work is murdering me. Go figure.
- Obscura drama is coming right back around again. Steffen Kummerer is flying solo for the time being, as the other 75% of the band bailed to go in a different direction and form a new project called Obsidious. Fun times.
- Katatonia dropped another track from their upcoming new album, City Burials, which is out on Friday. This one is called “The Winter of our Passing” and I assure you, it is a really good time.
- Barishi have announced a Facebook Live listening party for their new album, Old Smoke, tomorrow at 5:00 PM EDT. The album itself officially drops on Friday through Season of Mist.
- 3D music videos are always a good time, so here’s a new one from Abysmal Dawn for “Coerced Evolution”. That track is taken from the recently released Phylogenesis, available through Season of Mist as well.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
We all can use a pick-me-up at this point. And, this week we’ve absolutely got you covered with a multitude of stellar metal. What, you ask? Hang in there soldier… Katatonia return with another stone cold stunner that furthers their adventurous efforts into the ether, Cirith Ungol effectively silence a 29 year gap with an explosive fifth full length of high brow heavy metal, Ulcerate kick the death metal doors down and demand the spotlight, Vølus show us how dangerous death metal can be in the right hands, and Elder enlightens us with their algebraic approach to doom. A fantastic start for sure but we’re only getting warmed up to the plethora of amazing albums that await the adventurous. So, get to it. Continue reading
Some good news today from the metal world!
- Planning For Burial will be streaming a live acoustic show on March 21st through Facebook Live (here is the event link). While it’s a bummer the in-person show couldn’t go on as planned, this alternative is pretty dang cool.
- Converge have released a 30 minute long experimental version of their track “Aimless Arrow”. This is a really cool thing. It’s available on Bandcamp now, so I hope you know what you need to do without me telling you.
- Sorcerer revealed details behind a new album, Lamenting of the Innocent, which drops on May 29th through Metal Blade Records. You can stream the first track from that album, “The Hammer of Witches”, right now.
- Katatonia have unveiled another song and video from the upcoming new album, City Burials, and the track is called “Behind The Blood”. Legit, this is some of the best Katatonia I’ve ever heard. That album is out on April 24th and yes I already pre-ordered it.
Ein Bier… bitte.”