The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 9 (9.18.2017)

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Good morning! Back on the Monday routine with this thing… Let’s see how long that lasts. This week’s sampling is a bit all over the map (nothing new there) and I personally included a couple of gems that filled my ears during this past weekend’s Reach the Beach relay. There’s just something amazing about blasting In The Woods… while you’re running along a painfully hilly stretch of road in New Hampshire’s mountains in the middle of the night… Anyway, I digress. Dive in there and have some fun. If you want to take the ol’ time machine back a few weeks, previous playlists can be found on our YouTube channel.

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The Nine Circle ov… Amon Amarth

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Almost two years ago, I stood before you… er… I sat behind a computer screen and told the tale of my ten favorite tracks by viking metal legends Amon Amarth. We were known as Horns Up back in those days. My, oh things have changed. While it has been a little more than two months since Jomsviking dropped (March 25th, to be precise), I find myself very much appreciating the path Amon Amarth has gone in with their first concept album. Keeping that in consideration, it’s just about time to make some minor adjustments to my previously composed list. There are some duplicates, to be sure, but there are some new faces. And also one less face. Because 9 vs.10. Anyway… let’s get our drinking horns out and begin! Continue reading

Throwback Thanksgiving Thursday: Excess via Death Metal

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It’s turkey time again and we all know this holiday in particular can push our limits as well as expand our waistlines. For this edition of #tbt we take a look at the excess of it all in three phases — via classic death metal song titles. A genre full of gore is of ripe for this sort of thing but it’s all in lighthearted fun. Rest assured no animals, humans or stomachs were harmed during the making of this post. So hit the playlist at the bottom and follow along. Continue reading

Retrospective: Judas Priest – “Rocka Rolla”

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Hard to believe this month marks the 41st anniversary of Judas Priest’s full length debut Rocka Rolla,  as such, now is a good time for a Retrospective. At this point in the band’s career they were, for the most part, unknowns and when this album hit shelves it barely eclipsed a few thousand units. Traces of the almighty Priest, as we know them now, can be heard but overall this album falls in line with the likes of Thin Lizzy’s good time rock and Deep Purple’s heft. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, this album would be among a handful that ushered in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and would kick-start the career of a legendary metal band.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 4’s New Releases in Brief

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Alright, kids, this is it. The new release Friday we’ve been waiting for. The heavyweight. The champ. The father of your future children. We’ve got four HIGHLY anticipated new releases to cover this week, so let’s not waste any more time. Here’s what’s dropping today! Continue reading